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    • September 30, 2019 8:08 AM EDT
    • In the UK a well known railway model company called Peco market a product called "Power Lube" for a similar purpose as Aristocraft's. It says it can be used with most plastics. Well, I've had a little bottle, bought 10 + years ago, stashed upright on a glass shelf for very occasional use with my Bachmann Galloping Goose #1. I hadn't used it for a little while, guess what ? Yep, the fluid seems to have eaten through the bottom of its own plastic container and all leaked out and evaporated without trace. Bottle not cracked, just a bit has seemingly dissolved causing the leak. 

    • September 30, 2019 2:37 AM EDT
    • Yes Steve, I researched this before and all the mobile 1 synthetic greases are plastic compatible.



    • September 30, 2019 12:47 AM EDT
    • I learned a long time ago, probably in these hallowed halls of learning, to avoid Aristo Electrolube.  For the last forever, I've been using Mobile One gear lube for my journals.  Mobile One makes a synthetic grease, that I think is plastic compatible.  I'll have to look that up, when I run out of Hobby-lube grease.

    • September 29, 2019 11:38 PM EDT
    • It's the only thing I ever got from Lewis (free), and not only did it hurt plastic, but it somehow interacted with it's jar and ate the bottom of the jar off.... was not long term plastic compatible with it's own container.


      Too bad, as it was one of the few affordable conductive lubricants, but it would have caused issues on wheelsets anyway, because you don't want anything conductive near the insulator that insulates the wheel from the axle (unless you are battery power and don't ever put your cars on track power).



    • September 29, 2019 11:21 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the warning Ted! I do not have Aristo-Electralube, but I do have a tube of Aristo-Lube. Flipped it over to find out it contains a petroleum product. Removed that from my train workshop.



    • September 29, 2019 10:58 PM EDT
    • I have used Bachmann light lubricant for years  on my journals and never have had problems.

    • September 26, 2019 8:05 PM EDT
    • Ted Doskaris said:

      Thank you David,

      That's good to know Gilbert has replacement Aristo side frames and other parts.


      Sitting on quite a few bettendorf side frames personally. I find no use for them because of my interests of the hobby we all share on LSC!

    • September 26, 2019 7:43 PM EDT
    • Thank you David,

      That's good to know Gilbert has replacement Aristo side frames and other parts.

      Accordingly, I added a reference in the "vignette" to Gilbert's web site for his 3-D printed side frames.


    • September 26, 2019 5:52 PM EDT
    • Its a shame that Aristo didn't verify the safety of the lube before printing that on the label. Me, I would not have even thought of using that stuff in the journal boxes, but since it says so on the label, I am sure many people have.


      Fortunately, Gilbert makes replacement side frames for the Aristo Bettendorf trucks.


    • September 26, 2019 2:34 PM EDT
    • Aristo-Craft's Electralube Legacy!

      A long time ago I had used Aristo-Craft's Electralube to lubricate the axle tips on many Aristo cars. Shortly thereafter a whole bunch of  truck journal boxes cracked or broke off in pieces!  I had reported this on the Aristo Forum more than a decade ago with the ultimate outcome of Aristo changing their plastic material to Nylon for trucks parts.  But that leaves a majority of cars out with the public having the old type plastic trucks with Aristo since having gone out of business.

      Well recently, I discovered another one of my cars that suffered long term damage due to Electralube usage.



      For more info., see new vignette hosted for me on Greg E's web site, title:
      "Aristo's "Plastic [In]Compatible ELECTRALUBE Legacy"



    • September 24, 2019 1:13 PM EDT
    • Appreciate your reply Greg will follow up.

    • September 24, 2019 10:58 AM EDT
    • You can also have one machined to specifications, others here have.


      Contact Jiro:



    • September 24, 2019 4:56 AM EDT
    • Many thanks Max will look into this.

    • September 23, 2019 4:24 PM EDT
    • I have an Accucraft G Scale Gallooping Goose no.2 and the nylon gear wheel on the axle has split.

      I have been trying to obtain a replacement from Accucraft in the UK and USA but they tell me they do not have any.


      Has anyone had a similar problem and how did they overcome the issue. Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated.

    • September 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT
    • Check with RLD. He still shows them listed.

      Ro also has them listed.

    • September 16, 2019 10:03 AM EDT
    • Has anyone found replacement pins that hold the containers in place. Asking for a friend.................

    • September 16, 2019 7:54 AM EDT
    • Ted Thank you.

    • September 16, 2019 1:13 AM EDT
    • Joseph,


      Flat head garment pins that can be obtained at a sewing or craft store can serve as a replacement.



      If interested, several things done to the Intermodal car can be seen in "vignette" (article) hosted for me by Greg E. on his website, title:
      USA Trains Intermodal Container Car - Lowered & Fitted with Kadee 907 Centerset Couplers



    • September 15, 2019 8:04 PM EDT
    • Joseph Lupinski said:
      I managed to get a cheap Inter model car that was really beat up that working to rehab. It had lost some of its walk way panels which I was able to get parts for but Charles Ro did not send any pins to hold them in place. Anyone who has these cars, have you been able to find something to use as replacement pins to hold the walkways on?

      Pics and specs of the holes that the pins are missing from with these cars?