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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.

Larry
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Thanks Larry, I think the cleaning did the trick as no power loss now.  Some of the goo I removed from the wheels (presumably a build up since 1948!) was almost like the wheels had a rubberized coating. I know rubber does not conduct electricity!  The rollers had some crud too. I would surmise that some of this could be oily buildup mixed with charged particles/dust.  I have never oiled anything but the engine in the weep hole on the bottom and only twice since I've had the train (since 1970), but I am guessing over time someone may have oiled the axles thinking it needed it.  Do they?  Thanks again.  Ken
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Watch the light in the caboose as it passes these two spots on your layout. If it dims, you have a power problem, most likely a bad connection between track sections - could be dirty/rusty pins.
Check the pins on all track sections, and use a needle-nose pliers to crimp the track at each end to make sure all connections are tight.

Make sure the track and the wheels and roller pickups on the locomotive are clean. Clean everything with Naphtha.


Larry
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Well Larry, what do they say?  Fix one thing and something else becomes the weakest link?  So I took off that little wire that was soldered to the base and it made no difference, so all was well I thought.  No power loss areas on the track!  Consistent speed all the way around.  Again, I've got 4 curved pieces each side and one straight piece between them to form a small oval around the tree.  Now, the train (once warmed up), just stops then starts again after a moment right at the area of the new lockon as well as a area almost directly across from it.  I removed the old lockon to see if it made a difference and it did not.  Using either both or just the new one makes no difference.  Now I'm thinking it was another issue all along that is highlighted with more/better power.  What else could this be?  Contact with track was my first suspicion and I did see a small flash at the same point each time it goes around near the new lockon.  I know my inquiry is now only expanding possibilities of the issue, but I am not knowledgeable on these things.  I just get it out and turn it on every year and it runs.  Thanks for any additional advise and help. 
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Glad to hear you got your trains running better now.

Lockons can be installed on either straight or curved track, as long as the lockon and track are clean and free of corrosion.

A wire would be needed only if the connection between the rivet and metal were bad.

If your train stalls at the lockon, replace the lockon.


Larry
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All,
I got my second lockon a couple days ago and installed it at the point where the train is losing some power around a turn. It seemed to have solved the problem, but when I ran my train tonight after cleaning the old (presumably 1948 vintage) lockon, which worked fine before, the train stalled out/stopped running at the point of that old lockon.  I have two questions--I have the lockon installed on a curved piece of track as my layout is a small circle around the Christmas tree so only two straight pieces total--should I be installing the lockons on the straight track only?  Second question--there was a old soldered spot on the original lockon that had a wire from the crimp to the composite base. I removed that as my new lockon did not have that.  I don't know how that would affect anything but asking in case that was common practice a long time ago.  I cannot make sense of it as a wire from the crimp to the composite base is going nowhere in essence.  Thx, Ken
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Power & Control / Re: Lionchief power question
« Last post by TrainLarry on January 06, 2019, 08:11:39 pm »
You're welcome.


Larry
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Power & Control / Re: Lionchief power question
« Last post by BarryHayes on January 06, 2019, 06:23:26 pm »
Larry,

Thanks for the quick reply. 

Barry
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Power & Control / Re: Lionchief power question
« Last post by TrainLarry on January 06, 2019, 11:21:18 am »
I do not see any reason you can't attach multiple Fastrack power supplies to  your layout.

With good, clean track and connections, the track limit is when you start to lose power on the far side of the layout. To compensate, distribute the power around the layout with multiple power sections.

Depending on the size and complexity of your layout, there is no limit to the number of LionChief trains running on the same layout with sufficient power. The question becomes can you keep track of the trains and control them all?


Larry
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Power & Control / Re: Lionchief power question
« Last post by BarryHayes on January 05, 2019, 06:35:41 pm »
Larry,

Are you saying that you can run multiple FasTrack power supplies on 1 long track?  If so, how many.  What's the maximum recommended # of tracks (or track length) per power unit?  How many different Lionchief sets can be run on a single continuous FasTrack layout?


I appreciate any help you supply.

Thanks,
Barry
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