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Power & Control / Re: Tech 2 1400 Transformer
« on: April 05, 2019, 10:13:31 am »
The Tech 2 1400 supplies DC voltage to the track. Your locomotive may run on AC or DC.

What locomotive do you have, and who is the manufacturer? This info will guide us in determining the proper transformer for you.


Welcome to the forum!

You are correct, in that you can use a switch to cut power only to the center rail. You do not need to isolate the outside rails. A SPST switch will do the job.

Yes you can tie all the transformer grounds together.


Trains Marketplace - Buy & Sell Here! / Re: American Freedom Train
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:08:12 pm »
The fastest way to get an idea is to check the auction sites.


Trains Marketplace - Buy & Sell Here! / Re: Selling my Lionel Trains
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:05:01 pm »
What are you trying to post, and what is the exact message you are getting?


The best place to start would be going through catalogs.


It depends on how much you run your trains.

When you see a degrading of performance, it's time for a little lubing. Once a week to keep the trains rolling freely.


Beginners Q & A / Re: wiring
« on: February 21, 2019, 04:58:23 am »
It depends on your preference. Do you want centralized control of your accessories, or do you like walking around your layout to operate each accessory?

Large layouts like clubs have centralized control.


Beginners Q & A / Re: Auto dump car O Guage post war
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:28:41 pm »

The car was made with 2 different numbers.
#3459 made 1946-1948

#3469 made 1949-1951, and 1952 -1955 with 2 different truck variations.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Transformer, track or loco?
« on: January 28, 2019, 10:40:28 am »
Glad to hear of the progress you are making in getting your trains running properly.

OK, now to your current issues. You have cleaned the track, now take them apart and make sure all the track pins are clean and not dirty or corroded. Clean or replace them if necessary. Slightly bend all the track pins so they are a tight fit when assembled. Try your locomotive now and see if it runs properly.

If it does not run well, then turn the locomotive upside down, and apply power from the transformer directly to the center pickup roller and a wheel. The locomotive should run steady in one direction, and the headlight should not flicker. If it stops or tries to reverse, you may have a bad reverse board in it.

Apply power directly to the tender roller pickup and a wheel, and try the whistle. It should blow steady, and work consistently. If not, the whistle board may be defective.

The transformer is pretty hardy, and I would do the above checks before suspecting it to be faulty.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Transformer, track or loco?
« on: January 22, 2019, 09:13:40 pm »
You are welcome.

With proper care and maintenance, your trains can last a lifetime. Once all the cleaning and lubing is done, your trains should run like new.

Do not be afraid to ask questions; that is how we learn.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Transformer, track or loco?
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:43:49 pm »
You can clean everything, including the rails, wheels and axles with a ScotchBrite pad to get off surface dirt and rust. Then go over everything with a rag soaked in Naphtha to clean off all the gunk.

Do NOT ever use steel wool, as it sheds and can cause untraceable shorts, as well as get picked up inside of magnetized trucks and motors.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Transformer, track or loco?
« on: January 20, 2019, 02:51:18 pm »
Naphtha is a solvent that is excellent in cleaning off dirt, oil and grease. It does not attack plastics. It is available at hardware stores.

Acetone is also a solvent, but it will attack and melt many plastics, including those used to make our trains. It will also dissolve the shellac insulation used on motor windings.

Some people use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning, but beware that it will also attack some plastics and paint, and it will also dissolve the shellac insulation used on motor windings.

I use Naphtha exclusively, and don't need anything else.


Welcome to the forum!

Just a note concerning the word "mint".

By definition, "mint" items are in their original packaging, unopened and unrun.

Your engine is restored to "like new" condition.

Understanding these definitions is necessary to obtain a fair appraisal of your trains.


Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Transformer, track or loco?
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:22:07 am »
Welcome to the forum!

First thing to do is to take apart the track and clean it with Naphtha dabbed on a rag. When that is done, gently bend the pins on the end of the tracks so they make a tight fit when pushed together.

Next get some Q-tips, dip them in the Naphtha, and clean all the wheels of all your engines and rolling stock. Clean all the engine, tender and any operating cars roller pick-ups also.

Once this is done, any issues with the engine can be taken care of, but you must have clean track first.

The 40 watt transformer is rather small. Upgrade to at least an 80 watt CW-80 or higher wattage transformer.


General maintenance including cleaning and lubricating our trains is necessary for good performance and longevity of our equipment. A drop of light oil like Labelle 107 on the axles where they go into the bearings is needed. Do this to the locomotives especially, and also to all your rolling stock.

The motor needs a little lubrication also with a drop of oil at each end of the armature. The gears need a little grease on them also.


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