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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start
« Last post by RITrain on November 18, 2018, 07:04:07 pm »
Thanks for the advice, some of that I did 3 years ago but not that thoroughly, now I will.  I found an old video i made back then and discovered that the e-unit was the issue, and I jogged it and now the train runs.  :)

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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start
« Last post by TrainLarry on November 18, 2018, 11:08:42 am »
Welcome to the forum!

First, clean the wheels, roller pickups and track with Naphtha as has been written above.

Now you have to do some regular maintenance to the loco which requires you to disassemble it.
You will need to take the loco completely apart to get the boiler shell off to get at the motor.
Once that is done, remove the brushplate to expose the armature and the copper commutator. Don't lose the small brushes that fit in the brushplate tubes. If the brushes are very worn, they may need to be replaced.

Get some Q-Tips, dip them in Naphtha, and clean Everything- brushes, brushplate and commutator. When done, reassemble the motor.

The next item to tackle is the E-unit. Apply power to the loco, and watch the E-unit to see if it cycles properly. Look at the 2 sets of copper contacts to see if they are in good shape and making contact with the drum. To service the E-unit properly you need a special tool to take it apart and lots of patience. Inspect the drum and contacts and replace any bad parts. Using Q-Tips and Naphtha, gently clean the contacts and drum, then reassemble the E-unit. This is where the patience come in, getting all the parts aligned and snapping the E-unit back together.

Next, lightly oil all wheel bearings and both ends of the motor armature, and lightly grease the gears.

After this is all done, your engine should operate and run like new.


Larry
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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start
« Last post by djacobsen on November 18, 2018, 09:23:27 am »
RITrain
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!
dave



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Lionel Maintenance & Repair / 385e balky, not sure where to start
« Last post by RITrain on November 17, 2018, 10:51:51 pm »
Hi All,

I have a hand-me-down standard gauge set I am trying to resurrect. I hooked the 385e loco to a 15VAC Lionel
 #1033 transformer and it spun the wheels a little, but just reverted to humming and buzzing. Of course I only tried for a couple seconds at a time. I had replaced one wheel and lubricated all the shafts with light oil, and I think it spins free enough but dont have the experience to know.

Any advice appreciated, I'd like to have this sorted out by Christmas...

Thank You
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Power & Control / Re: Power issues- Polar Express train layout
« Last post by Chiefmcfuz on November 10, 2018, 09:49:51 pm »
Get a transformer cw80 or better and wire the accessories to the transformer direct.
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Beginners Q & A / Re: NEW GUY HERE FROM NORTHEAST PA
« Last post by djacobsen 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!
Dave

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Beginners Q & A / NEW GUY HERE FROM NORTHEAST PA
« Last post by EMORY on November 09, 2018, 03:26:30 pm »
I HAVE A FEELING THIS MIGHT BE A BAD THING TO JOIN THIS WEBSITE. IM GUESSING THIS IS GOING TO GET EXPENSIVE FAST.
I have had a post war addiction since I was a kid. I think joining this is like an alcoholic buying a bar. It seems like a good idea at the time. oh well hello all.
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Power & Control / Power issues- Polar Express train layout
« Last post by emalloryc on November 09, 2018, 03:14:25 pm »
I recently added three accessories to my nephew's Polar Express train and they are obviously using too much power.  The train stops at the Gateman and then doesn't start again. Do I buy a Fastrack Power lock and plug it into the wall to add power? 
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O Scale / Re: Mixing two ssets
« Last post by TrainLarry on November 03, 2018, 01:26:16 pm »
The North Pole Central set is a Large Scale set running on 'G' gauge track. (The track is not compatible with other 'G' gauge track).

The Santa Freight set is an '0' gauge set.

The trains and tracks are different gauges, and therefore the trains will only run on their respective track.

You will need to run two separate layouts.


Larry
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O Scale / Mixing two ssets
« Last post by hederj on November 03, 2018, 02:13:10 am »
My first post. Several years ago I bought The North Pole Central Christmas train Set. I put it  up at Christmas Time And take it down for the rest of the year. But it  has grown larger each year and now occupies a 7 x 11 platform in the garage. I recently bought a Santa Freight set with Lion Chief Remote. Can I mix the two on the same track or do I need to create parallel layouts?
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Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start by RITrain
November 18, 2018, 07:04:07 pm

Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start by TrainLarry
November 18, 2018, 11:08:42 am

Re: 385e balky, not sure where to start by djacobsen
November 18, 2018, 09:23:27 am

385e balky, not sure where to start by RITrain
November 17, 2018, 10:51:51 pm

Re: Power issues- Polar Express train layout by Chiefmcfuz
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