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#1 KmH

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:39 PM

Who else has thought about ways to clean the outside of the railfan window on Superliner cars while standing on a boarding platform?

 

I've been thinking about a screw together paint roller handle extension about 12 feet long when assembled.

With a way to lock a painting roller in place, but still be able to advance it for multiple cleaning swipes, I think it might do the trick.

 

 

 


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:50 PM

Which is the rail fan window?



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Posted 09 April 2017 - 02:26 AM

The railfan window is the rear window of the the last car of the train.
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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:15 AM

The window is in the door at the end of a car.

The door is disable so passengers can't open it.

 

But, when the train goes through the wash station the back window doesn't get cleaned.


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 04:25 PM

Who else has thought about ways to clean the outside of the railfan window on Superliner cars while standing on a boarding platform? I've been thinking about a screw together paint roller handle extension about 12 feet long when assembled.
With a way to lock a painting roller in place, but still be able to advance it for multiple cleaning swipes, I think it might do the trick.


The only problem I can envision is that you may have to wash it at a weird angle or risk being shouted at for standing too close to the tracks. Maybe bribe the SCA to clean it? Do they have a key to open the door like the conductor?

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:19 AM

Check with a truck stop for a squeegie they make for reaching semi truck windows.   Just saw one yesterday.



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:39 PM

Check with a truck stop for a squeegie they make for reaching semi truck windows.   Just saw one yesterday.

What about going on a cherry-picker and using a regular squeegie to clean it? I would suspect that the Canadian does that after going through the Jasper National Park, or whenever the dome windows get too dirty, so what's stopping Amtrak from deploying a cherry-picker and a man with a squeegie.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:45 AM

Check with a truck stop for a squeegie they make for reaching semi truck windows.   Just saw one yesterday.

What about going on a cherry-picker and using a regular squeegie to clean it? I would suspect that the Canadian does that after going through the Jasper National Park, or whenever the dome windows get too dirty, so what's stopping Amtrak from deploying a cherry-picker and a man with a squeegie.
Hmm, money & time comes to mind.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:04 PM

I suggest a big, strong magnet like you clean fish tanks with.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:16 PM

You have to get the other side of it out there somehow.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:16 PM

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 01:47 PM

I've been thinking about a screw together paint roller handle extension about 12 feet long when assembled.

With a way to lock a painting roller in place, but still be able to advance it for multiple cleaning swipes, I think it might do the trick.

 

 

 

At the hotel where I work we have an extend-a-pole with a double-sided squeegee on the end.  The other side of the squeegee is a plush wand that is soaked with window cleaner for washing the window.  The pole reaches maybe twenty feet-other sizes are available.  No need to invent something--it's already out there.

 

I was really disappointed when I rode a sleeper on the Empire Builder to Portland and it was impossible to see out the rear window because it was so dirty.  Fortunately, the lounge car had clean windows.


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:09 PM

There is always the portable pressure washer...

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