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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Post war Santa Fe inconsistent speeds
« Last post by Keither231 on September 19, 2023, 11:36:43 am »
I have 5 post war Santa Fe F3 Diesels. The problem is that they each run at different speeds. 1 runs very fast, 1 runs at what I would say is normal, 1 runs slow, 1 runs very slow, and 1 has a problem of the front motor is slower than the rear motor. I have a ZW transformer that I believe is working properly. I do not have any voltage drop in the track. All of them have the same grease in the worm gears. I can not operate 2 at the same time because one is stronger than the other resulting in a derailment. The one that operates normally has the most use of them all. The very slow one looks showroom new inside and out. The speeds are the same in forward and reverse. What if anything can I do to get them a little more consistent to each other.
Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Milwaukee Road Electric 6-8558
« Last post by alok on August 29, 2023, 10:26:17 am »

I have this engine, 6-8558.
It ran great for years, was out of service for 5 years, following a move. Just put up a new layout and oiled & lubed all my engines, when I ran the 6-8558 it is very noisy.
It was noisy just on curves at first.
I removed truck from motor and checked gears they all looked OK, I lubed again.
After putting it back together now it is noisy on straight track too, what's wrong?

General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Menards O scale
« Last post by Dead head to georgia on August 29, 2023, 02:42:28 am »
Thanks for the come-back.
General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Menards O scale
« Last post by djacobsen on August 24, 2023, 04:41:26 pm »
Hello and a belated Welcome to the Forum.
l personally don't have any of the Menards  rolling stock or track,
l  already have more trains than l can play with.
My friends who have purchased from them are very happy with their purchases.
l hope this helps you in your decion.

Happy Rails.
Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Painting rusty tubular track ties
« Last post by djacobsen on August 24, 2023, 04:32:12 pm »
Hello & a belated Welcome to the Forum.
My fix for your dilemna is to use a jar or tube of petrolium jelly and cover the areas you don't want painted.  When paint dries wipe off the vaseline. You might want to carefully wipe the track with alcohol to disolve any remnant vaseline.
I've used this trick after soaking track in agricultural  vinegar.
Be sure to make sure your insulating paper survives.
l hope this helps....
Happy Rails
Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Painting rusty tubular track ties
« Last post by kars2026at10 on August 19, 2023, 06:48:50 pm »
I will be reconditioning some old rusty O gauge track.  When the track in soaked in vinegar the rust is dissolved along with the black paint on the track ties.  The ties are bare metal subject to rust and just don't look right.  Does anyone have a method to repaint the track ties?  If I use spray paint, the paint would get on the track which I don't want.  I thought about putting paint in a shallow flat cookie sheet and dipping the track tie in the paint, then touching up the top of the tie with a small flat artist brush.  Any other ideas would be appreciated!
General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Menards O scale
« Last post by Dead head to georgia on August 18, 2023, 08:42:33 am »
Has anyone purchased from Menards O Scale trains. Need a lot of track, and elevated Platforms. not sure about locomotive power.
Power & Control / Re: not sure what to get.
« Last post by MikeW on August 15, 2023, 07:47:06 pm »
okay here is what i have learned.  The engine i purchased is a LCCS engine.  I have  to have a command control and cab set.  The LCS wifi unit will not control the engine.  It will control everything along it however.  So as i see it i have 3 options. I can set up a separate track with a manual transformer speed regulator like my old HO set. I can buy a LCCS set from ebay at exorbitant rates most run $250-$400. Or i can box up the engine I like back in the box put it on a shelf and forget about it until I can find a better priced Lccs system.  This sound about right to yall? Thanks.  Mike
Power & Control / not sure what to get.
« Last post by MikeW on August 13, 2023, 10:36:43 pm »
ive had an HO set for eons. its as old as me well almost.  Recently i wanted to get back into trains but wanted an "O" scale.  Trains have come a long way.  I bought a Polar express complete set with blue tooth remote.  Not crazy about the Loco so i went looking for one i liked.  Found a 4 6 0 not realizing i have no way to run it.  While reading i found i need a train master command set with cab controller.  No such thing as a new one. Found older loco's ran with a variable transfomrer like my HO had.  but that means i need 2 tracks to run either train. I guess my question would be is there any way to run both engines on one set of tracks? Not at the same time of course. I noticed the LCS system in one of the other threads. Will that work for the 4 6 0 without any of the original cab system parts? Or can i just use the lcs and app for my phone? Please tell me i have not spent alot of money for nothing.  Thanks Mike
General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Christmas Trains
« Last post by Dead head to georgia on July 01, 2023, 06:14:57 am »
POPS, I have a unique situation. My son-in-law and I converted a huge lower level 2 1/2 car garage into a Mother-in-law suite for the wife and I. Now here is my problem, I have no where to set up a display. Therefore I must take my Christmas train apart and put it in storage...Whew! that is really difficult because I also have no storage space. I need some ideas. Thought about doing a break apart system.....don't know what they are called, but again, no place to store the modules. Help !
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Post war Santa Fe inconsistent speeds by Keither231
September 19, 2023, 11:36:43 am

Milwaukee Road Electric 6-8558 by alok
August 29, 2023, 10:26:17 am

Re: Menards O scale by Dead head to georgia
August 29, 2023, 02:42:28 am

Re: Menards O scale by djacobsen
August 24, 2023, 04:41:26 pm

Re: Painting rusty tubular track ties by djacobsen
August 24, 2023, 04:32:12 pm


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