Cleaning the Rails on Your HO Slot Car Track


Even if the track rails do not look rusty, they still can have oxidation on them. It can be enough to prevent good electrical conductivity to your car’s pickup shoes. And, just because a track set is bought new does not mean the rails are perfect. New sets can have been in the distribution channels for 6 months or more prior to being put into retail stock. The time and different storage conditions can all lead to oxidized rails. The good news is that the problem doesn’t take much effort to fix. All you need is a fine drywall sanding sponge and a microfiber dust cloth.

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  1. I have a bunch of Tyco/Mattel track. Some pieces have gotten rusty while in storage. Would you clean these rails in the same fashion? I have about 2000, yes 2000, feet of track, but of course some of this rust is on a few of the types of track that are not as common. I have been told Scotchbrite could help. I've also seen videos on here that use vinegar. Would you suggest either of these methods as well as the one you posted? Thanks.

  2. I liked somebody elses idea of a track cleaner on a chassis powered by a 9v battery. The battery provides weight and power, so the track doesn't have to be good for it to function. Just set it down, walk away, and come back a few laps later to switch it onto a different lane.

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