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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Lion Chief Remote
« Last post by Chiefmcfuz on March 19, 2018, 09:19:10 am »
What is your transformer set at?
Beginners Q & A / Re: Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise
« Last post by TrainLarry on March 17, 2018, 02:13:43 pm »
To get the motor to run without the E-Unit, disconnect all the E-Unit wires from the motor. The power wire from the pickups goes to one brush connection. The other brush connection gets connected to one field connection. The other field connection gets connected to ground. The motor will run when power is applied. To reverse the motor direction, switch the connections to the brushes.

Beginners Q & A / Re: Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise
« Last post by Andy77 on March 16, 2018, 08:12:14 pm »
Thanks.  At the same auction I bought a 1664 with tender.  It was in very bad shape.  Motor was locked up and had rust issues.  I really just wanted it for parts out of the tender.  The engine looks good so I decided to tear into it.  The e-unit is definitely shot.  I got the motor cleaned up and was trying to bypass the e-unit just to see if I could get the motor to work but so far no success.  Should I be able to bypass the e-unit to make the motor run?  If so but itís not working any thoughts on why I canít get any response from the motor?
Power & Control / Legacy Control
« Last post by tfcii on March 12, 2018, 09:16:07 am »
In 2012 I purchased a BN Crane Car (L29885) and a Lionel Legacy Control System V1.4.  I played with the Crane using the Legacy System that I used in conjunction with an old ZW transformer for several months, but I started doing other projects and hobbies and had not used the system (or tried to use it) until several days ago.  What I discovered was that the batteries in the controller will not charge.  I even replaced the batteries with new rechargeable batteries, but still no charge.  I have let the charger attempt to charge the batteries for 24 hours at at time; no luck.  I replaced the batteries with alkaline batteries, but the hand-held controller had difficulty finding its base but ultimately did so.  I turned on the power to the track and the rear light of the crane lit, but I could not get it to do anything else.  Basically I have two questions: Why will the rechargeable batteries not charge? and Why will the crane not work other than the rear light?
Any help would be basically appreciated.  Thanks.
Beginners Q & A / Re: Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise
« Last post by TrainLarry on March 07, 2018, 09:03:18 pm »
The buzzing is from the E-Unit. The old E-Units all buzz to a certain extent and is part of the Lionel experience.

The only way to eliminate the buzz is to replace the E-unit with an electronic reverse board.

Dallee Electronics makes such boards.

Beginners Q & A / Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise
« Last post by Andy77 on March 07, 2018, 07:05:10 pm »
I bought a Rio Grande 8454 at an auction last weekend.  It makes a rather loud buzzing noise when I run it.  I don't know the name of the parts very well but would say it is the e-unit.  The noise is not coming from the motor.  Any thoughts on what is causing the noise and how it can be fixed?
Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Lionel 8026
« Last post by TrainLarry on March 06, 2018, 09:30:21 am »
I am working on a 8026 now and have a similar problem. It seems the roller pickups are bad and not conducting electricity properly. I have cleaned them thoroughly to no avail, and it seems like replacement is the only option.

Connect one transformer lead to the metal chassis and the other to the brass strip underneath the loco. The loco should run properly. If it does, touch the roller pickups. If the loco does not run now, they are bad.

The part number for them is 8209-165 available from parts dealers.

Brasseur sells Lionel and K-Line parts.

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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: Lionel 8026
« Last post by tfcii on February 28, 2018, 03:44:18 pm »
Short circuit?
General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: A new facet of the hobby for me.
« Last post by Conductor on February 28, 2018, 02:28:53 pm »
Nice looking engine!   Think we had one in green years ago!  Post the rest soon Dave!

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Re: Lion Chief Remote by Chiefmcfuz
March 19, 2018, 09:19:10 am

Re: Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise by TrainLarry
March 17, 2018, 02:13:43 pm

Re: Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise by Andy77
March 16, 2018, 08:12:14 pm

Legacy Control by tfcii
March 12, 2018, 09:16:07 am

Re: Rio Grande 8454 Buzzing Noise by TrainLarry
March 07, 2018, 09:03:18 pm


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