How to Clean LGB Trains

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How to Clean LGB Trains
Clean your LGB train to keep it running properly. (toy train image by pearlguy from

Playing with model trains is a pastime that has been enjoyed for many years. The LGB, or Lehmann Gross Bahn, trains are G-scale trains, meaning they are one of the larger versions of model trains. Children of all ages can enjoy building a track, collecting train cars and watching the train along its journey. Just like with any other appliance or equipment, a model train will need maintenance and cleaning. The inner workings of an LGB model train are delicate, and without proper cleaning, the train will not run.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swab
  • Towel
  • Toothpicks
  • Light solvent oil
  • Small broom
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol

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    Turn off the train and unplug it from the electrical socket.

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    Clean the wheels by taking a pair of tweezers and removing any clumps or fibres.

  3. 3

    Remove grime or grit from the engine by taking a cotton swab and wiping it away.

  4. 4

    Use a toothpick dipped in light solvent oil (such as WD-40) to clean and lube the joints and contact surfaces.

  1. 1

    Check the track for any debris. Using a small broom, sweep away any loose dirt or debris.

  2. 2

    Soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and then rub the cloth down the track. Make sure you are removing all dirt and dust particles that can interfere with the components of the train's engine.

  3. 3

    Wipe down your control centre and transformer with a clean cloth. Prevent it from getting dusty because dust particles with interfere with the controls.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase a track cleaning car. These look like any other model train car. However, they clean your track while they run and save you the time and hassle of extensive track cleaning. They come with a removable abrasive cleaning pad on the train's bottom.

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