Tips on Cleaning Garden Railroad Track
by Donald Ray Burger
Attorney at Law

Sadly, my garden railroad seems to go for long stretches without being used.

I have found that the easiest and quickest way to clean my brass track is with drywall sanding paper. It looks like very fine screen door screen. Many companies make it. It is used to smooth the spakling compound from the joints of sheetrock. I buy it in sheets and put it in a sanding block. Just a quick scrub and the track is shiny. Nothing works as well.

Before I found the drywall sanding paper I used 3M brand "Heavy Duty Scotch-Brite Scour Pads." I have used them several times over the years on the same track without any noticable bad effects. And they sure cut through the tarnish which forms on brass track. But they require much more elbow grease than the drywall sanding paper.

Last revised: May 17, 1999

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