Walthers offers some track cleaning boxcars in the Mainline series. I tried one and it worked very well. It learned the car runs fine in a train and the car could be switches without hassles too. But the various shells are plain awful and did not match my contemporary layout.
- The shell of Athearn 40' high cube boxcars fits with little adaption. I sprayed two of them dark brown similar to the current NS boxcars. They are still a phantasy car but fits quite nice into the layout scenery (after some decals are added).
- Two short but heavy CSX scrap cars adopted to the track cleaning device with little work.
The four track cleaning cars will be placed on each train in my four track staging yard and go with each local freight train over the mainline as it serves the industry.