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Old 10-02-2016, 01:59 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm interested to hear what methods members use to keep dust and fluff under control on their layouts?

I've been on the lookout for a cleaning car, preferably with a built in vacuum cleaner for the track. But how do you keep the rest of the layout from accumulating household dust?

My current layout is 2.0m x 0.9m and will have a backdrop board on 3 sides so I will probably make up a cover to fit over the top of the whole layout. Currently I use an old bedsheet as it is just the baseboard and tracks at this stage.

But if I have my way and extend the layout later to 2 or 3 more boards this may not be very practicable.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:35 AM   #2
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As covers I use plastic dustbin liners opened out and stuck together with selotape as they are lightweight and don't damage scenery. If you can find a lightweight plastic painters drop sheet that would work too.

You could also rig up a 'washing line' above the layout to drape the cover over and to keep it clear of the scenery.

Most of the time the covers are off as I'm always doing something on the layout.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:41 AM   #3
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i don't cover mine, the cats would only rip it to shreds anyway trying to get under it to play trains
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i don't cover mine, the cats would only rip it to shreds anyway trying to get under it to play trains
Mike, surely allowing a cat onto the layout must cause horrendous damage. I have cardboard buildings, trees, delicate lamps, people, cars and rolling stock on mine and I dread to think what damage could be caused by one.
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I don't bother to cover my layout. If the dust gets very noticeable I might try to tidy up a bit with a paint brush. Whatever you do don't put the Dyson anywhere near it! R-
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Mike, surely allowing a cat onto the layout must cause horrendous damage. I have cardboard buildings, trees, delicate lamps, people, cars and rolling stock on mine and I dread to think what damage could be caused by one.
i have no scenic elements on the layout as yet, but as it is now they are very careful where they walk, they step over the rolling stock, and tend to stay on areas of bare board, and just watch the trains go round,
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We have got two cats. One of them sleeps in Station Approach and the other in Oast House Field!

In the pound shop you can get a laptop cooler which comes in a useful cardboard box. You fit the fan under a bridge or in a tunnel and it dusts the trains as they go by!

I have got an ioniser for removing dust from the atmosphere in the layout room. It consists of a bowl of water and a fan. It does work, but the noise is irritating. What you can do is have a time switch so it comes on at night when the dust settles.

I have got a dehumidifier in the layout room, also connected to the timer. This prevents mould growing on the layout. I have found my 40 year old Super Quick buildings are vulnerable to foxing! Modern resin buildings are invulnerable to damp, but the colors fade worse than SuperQuick.

You can get a soft brush in the Pound shop which is meant for dusting computer keyboards. There is also a can of compressed air for this purpose, but these items are not always stocked.
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I find large sheets of tissue paper does the trick.
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If you can locate your layout in a shed or loft duly converted for the intended purpose then you should not get too much dust accumulation as dust mainly comes from people or so I understand. This is assuming that you do not spend 24 hours a day doing your model railway however!
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A couple of useful tips there.
Thank you all for the replies.
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