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Inherited a Lionel train set.
« on: October 05, 2020, 10:09:59 am »
Hello, my name is John. I have inherited a train set with a lot of pieces. Let’s just say I know nothing about model train sets. As a reference, I would need to learn how to put it together properly down to the track layout. Based on that I need help figuring out what I have. Not looking to sell as it was supposed to be given to me by my grandpa and for the better part of my life I thought it had been stolen. I recently found out that it has been stored in a basement corner untouched for 40 years or so. There are a lot of parts and pieces. From what I have seen the engines and cars appear to be in decent condition. There are a lot of “plastic-ville” houses that became a home for mice at some point and I am still trying to organize them to see if I have any that are not chewed or disgusting. They were in a separate box from the metal trains and track. It looks like they were oiled before packed. But again I just don’t know enough to give any solid answers. I know he pieced it together over many years and I have had it for a day.
 If there is anyone out there willing to spend some time with me to help get this organized and figure out what I need to get it working properly I would be very grateful.
Thank you

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Re: Inherited a Lionel train set.
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2020, 11:21:35 am »
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your recent acquisition!

To help you we need a few things from you:
First a list of all the numbers you find on your rolling stock and accessories.
Secondly, some nice pictures of the rolling stock, track and accessories.

If they are Lionel, then they are '0' gauge.

To start, clean everything including the wheels, roller pickups on the locos, and the track with a rag dipped in Naphtha.

Get a set of Labelle train lubricants and lightly oil all axle bearings and lightly grease all gears.

Chances are the cord on any transformer you may have is in need of replacement.

These are just the basics to get your trains up and running. Any pictures you post may help identify any other parts or work that may be needed.

Let us know how you are doing, and ask questions if needed.


« Last Edit: October 05, 2020, 11:26:27 am by TrainLarry »


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