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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: parts needed
« on: October 20, 2020, 08:59:18 pm »
When you are writing a post, directly underneath it says ''Attach:'' and ''Browse''
You browse your computer to find the attachment (a picture in your case) and add the attachment to your post.


General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: parts needed
« on: October 20, 2020, 12:29:15 pm »
Perhaps you should post in the Buy & Sell forum.


General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: parts needed
« on: October 20, 2020, 09:00:47 am »
Welcome to the forum!

The service literature available for your locomotive unfortunately does not have the parts breakdown for the front or rear trucks.

Call Lionel customer service at 800-454-6635 or 586-949-4100 with the model number of your loco, and ask them if they have the parts you are looking for, or the whole truck in stock. If not, they may be able to direct you to a parts dealer that does.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 1926 Lionel 252 help
« on: October 19, 2020, 03:38:36 pm »
Welcome to the forum!

The reverse unit for the 252 is a CON 34

The spring is CON 11, and can possibly be made by cutting down the length of a motor brush spring.


G Scale / Re: Inherited a Lionel train set.
« 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.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: transformador
« on: September 28, 2020, 11:49:10 pm »
The Lionel #8902 locomotive is a DC locomotive, and needs a DC power supply.

Lionel has vintage DC controllers such as this.

A more powerful modern unit such as this one can also be used if you plan on expanding your empire with DC locomotives.

If you want to expand your empire, you will be limited in the Lionel engines you can run with DC power, as most run on AC power. You would have to disconnect any whistle or horn relays on AC powered locos, as they are triggered by DC.

It would be recommended that you take your loco to a Lionel service station or a local electronics repair person, and request that a full wave bridge rectifier be installed. This way the loco will run with any Lionel AC transformer. It would run in only one direction with no reverse. If you want reverse capability, an electronic reverse unit would need to be installed instead, such as this one.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: transformador
« on: September 28, 2020, 12:18:12 am »
Welcome to the forum!

Transformers have voltage outputs.

What Lionel locomotive do you have, and what transformer do you have?
It sounds like you have a regular transformer with one output, and not a transformer for Lionel trains. A Lionel transformer has a variable output, allowing you to control the speed.

You need a Lionel transformer and the necessary adapter to plug into your electrical outlets. Good, used Lionel transformers and other trains and equipment can be found on the online auction sites.


Postwar Lionel Trains 1945-1969 / Re: New to Forum
« on: September 27, 2020, 03:48:18 pm »
Nice train set you have.

First thing to do is get a large box of cotton swabs, a can of Naphtha, and a single edge razor.  Use the razor to scrape off any built up gunk on the wheels, then use cotton swabs dipped in Naphtha to finish cleaning up the wheels. Clean the locomotive center pickup rollers the same way.

Get some light oil to oil the axle bearings, and grease for gears. Labelle makes products specifically for model trains.

Olsens has a website with service manuals for much of what you have:

6250 NW-2 switcher -
2328 GP-7 Switcher -
6460 Crane car -
6511 Pipe car - parts list -
3469 Dump car -
397 Coal Loader -
395 Floodlight tower - parts list -
3656 Stock car -

The rest of your trains should just need a good cleaning and lubrication.


Postwar Lionel Trains 1945-1969 / Re: New to Forum
« on: September 25, 2020, 10:10:23 pm »
Welcome to the forum!

Congratulations on your recent acquisition.

A listing of what you have will help provide you with the help and tips you may need to get your trains running.

There are service manual pages that you can browse and download for most postwar trains and accessories that will help with the repair and maintenance of your trains. Online videos are also available to help you.

Let us know what you have, and let the help begin!


Postwar Lionel Trains 1945-1969 / Re: Lionel 2033 Horn not working
« on: September 21, 2020, 12:53:55 pm »
Welcome to the forum!

There is much that needs to be checked to get these postwar horns to work properly.
First, familiarize yourself with the parts of the horn and its circuit here.

Make sure all the parts are there and the wiring is good and intact.
Look over ALL the parts, and insure NONE have any corrosion on them. We are dealing with  1 1/2 volts DC here, and the circuit must be pristine for it to work.

Here is the schematic of an engine with a horn circuit.

After all the parts are clean, you can check out the horn and its circuit.

First thing to do is take a fresh battery and touch the bottom end of it directly to the horn casing. Take a jumper wire and connect the top of the battery to the horn wire where it is connected on the relay. The horn should blow loud. If it does not blow, the horn is bad.

Next, put the battery in the engine and close the bottom battery plate and tighten it.
Now lift up the bottom of the relay by hand so that the points make contact. The horn should blow. If it does not, the relay contacts may be dirty/corroded and need cleaning and burnishing with a very fine emery board. The horn needs to work properly at this stage.

Next in line is to check that the relay is closing under power. Put a few lighted cars on the track, turn on the power, and get the engine in neutral and lock it there using the 'E' unit. Now try the transformer whistle control. You should hear/see the relay close, and the horn should blow. If the relay does not close under power, the transformer may have a bad whistle rectifier and it will need to be replaced.

Do these diagnostics in sequence until you find out what your problem is.


You can set up your layout in the garage, just make sure to open it and ventilate it in the summer. You may want to heat it in the winter.

Recommend to take your trains indoors after an operating session - don't leave them in an excessively hot/cold environment.


Welcome to the forum!

Your proposed layout with the present transformer may work, but you may need a bigger power supply. A CW-80, GW-180, ZW-L or a postwar transformer like the KW or ZW will be better. A bigger transformer will let you add bigger locos and longer trains, as well as accessories such as switches and lights. You can never have too much power!


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 027 - 1121 remote switches
« on: August 24, 2020, 05:08:33 pm »
Since one switch works normally and two don't, the problem is definitely in the switches.

Take the problem switches out of the layout and power them up with just 2 pieces of track connected to each leg of the switch and see if the problem still occurs. If it does, there is an internal problem in the switches.

The 1121 switches do not have fiber pins in them, unless the switches are set up for automatic operation.

There is no polarity in AC voltage, so the wiring to the track from the transformer is not an issue.

Confirm that all switches operate properly outside the layout.

What transformer are you using?


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 022 Switch Controllers Screws
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:01:36 pm »
Here are #4 flat head screws that should fit.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 022 Switch Controllers Screws
« on: August 13, 2020, 12:08:40 pm »
Welcome to the forum!

What you need are #10x2" flat head screws to screw your controller down.

Here is one supplier,

and another one is here.


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