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Streamlined Backshop Services is an authorized dealer for all major DCC manufacturers including:


CT Elektronik

DCC Specialties


ESU-Electronic Solutions

Lenz USA

MRC Corporation

NCE Corporation

QSI Solutions



TCS-Train Control Systems

Zimo USA


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Silver Conductive Grease

Sometimes I am so so impressed with a product that it deserves some special attention.  There are many "conductive lubes" on the market that are advertised to model railroaders.  I have tried some, I sell some.  But... I am continually impressed with the results I get from one product specifically.

UPDATE:  I continually search for better products and better value for my customers.  I am pleased to announce that I have found a similar product that is used in the videos but has a better texture and more lubricity.  I have partnered with a new supplier and am offering a new version of silver grease that performs even better than what is demonstrated and costs less.   

The packaging is different but all of this information applies.

Got a loco that stutters?  Tired of sound shutdowns every two feet?  Does your varnish have a case of the flickers?
Here is how I fix it.
Step 1 - Clean the wheels.
Step 2 - Clean the contacts.
If that doesn't fix it, it's time for Plan B. 
I use this product on all metal-to-metal contact points between the wheel tread and the motor or circuit board to solve conductivity problems.  It is pricey but I am extremely impressed with the results. It even cures Kato light kit flicker. I call it pixie dust. Sprinkle on a little bit and watch the magic.  In a word… This ain't snake oil.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Watch these movies and decide for yourself.


Demo #1:


N Scale Kato RS3 Zamac frame (no copper contacts in trucks or frame) fitted with a Lenz LE0511 decoder using incandescent bulbs.


The same frame design was used in the the early Con-Cor/Kato SW1500's and Atlas/Kato GP9's.


Demo #2:


HO Scale Athearn R-T-R SD70MAC with factory circuit board fitted with a TCS T1 decoder using the factory incandescent bulbs.


Demo #3:


Con-Cor / Rivarossi 2-8-4 Berkshire fitted with a Digitrax SDN144PS decoder and upgraded 330 mF  Stay-Alive Capacitor.


Demo #4:


N Scale Kato Light Kits installed in a pre-owned Kato California Zephyr train set that had obvious signs of use on the wheel treads.