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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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The railfan window is the rear window of the the last car of the train.

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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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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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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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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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You have to get the other side of it out there somehow.

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You have to get the other side of it out there somehow.

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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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There is always the portable pressure washer...

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