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Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Sorry to hear about your problem.
my initial thought is you have a track problem.
l suggest you power up your track, then take a multimeter and check all the pieces of track to make sure you have good continuous-connections between each section of track.  check the pins and ends of the track to make certain they are clean and making a good connection.
you may need to add feeder lines to ensure you have continuous power around your loop of track.

hope this helps.

happy rails!

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The Train Yard / A Lionel Christmas
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:49:53 am »
It's that time of year....
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday's!

Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:23:27 am »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Sorry to hear your locomotive is running poorly.
My suggestion is to clean your wheels, pickups and track,
sounds to me like its not getting enough power.
l am not sure if that 1033 you tried has enough voltage/amps
for the 385e.

Hopefully some of our technicians/forum members will chime in...

Happy Rails!

« on: November 10, 2018, 06:44:59 am »
Hi Emory!
We all suffer from the same addiction...
listening to the sound of the wheels going clickety clack as the train goes roundy round!

Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Happy Rails!

one of those duhhh... moments..
lionel & dc...
just ain't natural...

Cape Fear Yadkin
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Am going on memory of being stationed overseas almost 50 years ago.
Here in the US, voltage is 110/120 volts, 60 cycles.
Europe/GB, 220/240 volts, 50 cycles.
When using US built electrical items we used an inexpensive adapter, bringing the voltage down to 110/120 volts,.
Now can remember having to adjust the speed on turntables because of the cycle difference,
so it may affect the speed of the motor.
l do think that if you can get a wall wart that will operate on the British current, it would be the way to go.

just my opinion, hopefully someone with a little more experience will chime in..
 Gunrunner John, can you answer this one?

Happy Rails

Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Lionel 520
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:13:33 am »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Sorry to hear Trainz let you down on the part.

My suggestion is to contact the shop of Forum Member, Bill Hennings: Hennings Trains

If they don't have the part, l believe they will point you in the right direction.

Happy Rails!

Prewar Lionel Trains 1900-1942 / Re: lionel 400e broken frame
« on: July 24, 2018, 07:31:54 am »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Sad to hear about your 400e's frame problem.
My initial suggestion would be to break out the JB-Weld, Epoxy Steel or whatever your favorite metal bond/repair epoxy and fix that puppy.
If you are not that adventurous, hunt for a frame or a parts locomotive with a good frame.
Hope you get it on the track soon. 

Waiting on track to get my SG- 8 rolling, relaying code 332 - 2 rail G scale track into 3 rail SG track...

Happy Rails!

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: New member
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:49:10 am »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

Beginners Q & A / Re: Newbie looking for a Blue Comet or....
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:59:08 pm »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

A Tin Plate Fanatic already, your son shows good taste...   lol...
He has certainly chose some very fine trains to begin the hobby with.
You didn't say whether he is interested in O Gauge or Standard Gauge
trains, there is a price difference. 
And then there is the option of a vintage/antique set, a restored set or a reproduction set(MTH).
To be sure, you will want to hunt all the online dealers and auction sites looking for the best prices.
If you do evilbayou, look at the prices of the sold/completed auctions not the auction/asking prices
for a price range that is realistic. The other online forums do have classified ads that you can view
as well as the for sale/trade sub forum on this site.
Track and transformers are readily available, both new and used.
Not certain if this is the model your son was seeking in Apple Green, but if you look at my gallery photo's
there is an antique Lionel set that may be what your son was referring to, or close to it. 
If l remember correctly, it was around $100 when l purchased it a few months back.

I hope this is some help to you, if you wish, you can pm me here if I can be of any help.
I do have a combination LGB/Bachmann Great Northern Train in G scale for sale.

Happy Rails!

O Scale / Re: No power to track
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:07:38 pm »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum.

It appears that you have a dead short somewhere.
Does the red light come on if the transformer is not hooked up to the track, when you power it up?
if you have a tester check to see if short is in transformer or elsewhere.
Possibly a bad piece of track, age gremlins got to the insulation on the rails or on wires,
just keep checking til you find the short.

Happy Rails!

Beginners Q & A / Re: Looking for help about tracks
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:24:01 pm »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!
Welcome to the sometimes confusing world  large scale trains.
Your potential train is a "G" scale train that operates on 45 mm track.
Track is available from various producers in brass, stainless steel or aluminum.
Plastic track is also available but not applicable unless you convert over to R/C & onboard batteries.
Both new and used track are readily available, with used brass .332  track in. the 3 to 5 dollar per foot range.
As to the power supply, it will depend upon the amount of track you plan to power.
For my small 8 X 14 loop l use a 1 amp power supply. 
For the several hundred feet of track in rhe big layout l have a 10 amp power supply.
All my track is .332 brass, mixed, new and used.

Happy Rails!

The Train Yard / Re: Happy Easter!
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:41:20 am »
Happy Bunny Day!

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