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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / HO Scale SP GS-4 Squeaky Motor and Slow
« Last post by TwoRailsIsPlenty on September 14, 2018, 09:30:10 am »
Hello all,

New guy here with a motor problem (I think). I recently purchased a vintage Lionel HO Scale Southern Pacific GS-4 Daylight from the late 1970s if I'm not mistaken. It was pretty dirty when I bought it but was functional and in pretty good shape aesthetically. The thing squeals like a banshee under full power and its speed tops out around 2-3 inches per second, pretty slow. I've since cleaned up the exterior and carefully disassembled the motor to lubricate it. Took out the brushes and lightly removed the oxidation on the top layer and greased the drive gears in the hopes that would fix the speed issue. No change unfortunately, still slow, still squealing. Curiously, even with an 11-12 car consist it'll maintain that low speed and if I push it along it will eventually lose the squeak and run full throttle, it just can't get there by itself. By full throttle I mean it'll go so fast it leans in the corners, any faster and it would come flying off the rails so the motor still has some function it just won't get there without help. I have not dealt with this motor type much (most of my GS-4's are Bachmann) nor can I find any videos or first-hand accounts that deal with this issue so any advice this group can provide would be helpful, thanks!
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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Blinking red light on Polar Express remote O gauge
« Last post by Chiefmcfuz on September 10, 2018, 03:37:15 pm »
Lionel customer service. Call them. They might have to replace it.
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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Blinking red light on Polar Express remote O gauge
« Last post by Rshine on September 10, 2018, 12:58:26 pm »
The Polar Express engine (1225) will light up when I place it on the track.  The remote lights up when I turn it on, but when I move the dial forward or reverse, the red light blinks on the remote and the train doesn't move.  I've taken the chassis off and fixed the power wire that runs to the wheels.  Are there any manuals that would help troubleshoot the electronics or do you start replacing boards?

Thanks,

Frustrated GrandPa
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Layout Design Forum / Re: Help with layout wiring
« Last post by TrainLarry on September 08, 2018, 09:21:44 pm »
Put insulated pins in the switches where they join the inner loop. This way both wall packs are isolated from each other, allowing you to run both trains simultaneously without any electrical feedback from one wall pack to the other.


Larry
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Layout Design Forum / Re: Help with layout wiring
« Last post by Chiefmcfuz on September 08, 2018, 06:49:08 pm »
The best way to wire the layout is to use a transformer.
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Postwar Lionel Trains 1945-1969 / Re: Attic find 1958 NH 209 engine and cars
« Last post by TrainLarry on September 06, 2018, 10:49:34 pm »
There is a set being auctioned now that is bidding at $86 presently.


Larry
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Postwar Lionel Trains 1945-1969 / Attic find 1958 NH 209 engine and cars
« Last post by garysr on September 06, 2018, 09:55:06 am »
HI all,
My neighbor was cleaning out his attic and wanted to know if I wanted his kids trains. Said SURE.
Turns out to be a 1958 NH 209 diesel A & B units. Cleaned them up and it runs.
Shells are a little rough from being in the attic.
Question is any Idea on what they are worth? I will get pics of the units if needed.
Thanks,
Gary Sr
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Layout Design Forum / Help with layout wiring
« Last post by pancho on September 04, 2018, 10:46:48 pm »
I'd like to build a layout with two Lion Chief trains, one oval inside another oval with switches joining them.
Question: Could I connect both wall-pack 54 watts transformers, one on each loop?'
Thank you.
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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 4-4-2 #8635 Atlantic intermittent running
« Last post by garysr on August 31, 2018, 12:32:48 pm »
Thanks Larry, I tried the Lionel web page for looking up parts but it is in my opinion not user friendly.
Thanks for the phone #. I did clean the wheels and pickups when I had it apart.
Gary
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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 4-4-2 #8635 Atlantic intermittent running
« Last post by TrainLarry on August 30, 2018, 02:46:16 pm »
Hello and welcome to the forum!

The first thing to do is to clean all the wheels, the pickup rollers and track with Naphtha to insure there is no dirt causing intermittent running problems.

If after all this is done, and you still have the issue, the motor may need replacement. Call Lionel service at 586-949-4100 to order a replacement.

Larry
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HO Scale SP GS-4 Squeaky Motor and Slow by TwoRailsIsPlenty
September 14, 2018, 09:30:10 am

Re: Blinking red light on Polar Express remote O gauge by Chiefmcfuz
September 10, 2018, 03:37:15 pm

Blinking red light on Polar Express remote O gauge by Rshine
September 10, 2018, 12:58:26 pm

Re: Help with layout wiring by TrainLarry
September 08, 2018, 09:21:44 pm

Re: Help with layout wiring by Chiefmcfuz
September 08, 2018, 06:49:08 pm

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