Have you ever wondered why your locomotive grinds to a halt after a few minutes of operation? Have you ever wondered why it can't pull as many cars as it used to? Have you wondered why lubricating and performing mechanical adjustments just don't seem to make a difference anymore? And why can't anyone pin-point the problem so you can get on with operating your locomotive (or move on to your next repair job), instead of worrying about it?
Well, the answer to the last question (which will also answer all the previous questions) is that there hasn't been adequate troubleshooting information published to allow you to make an educated assessment of performance problems. This is especially true when those performance problems are due to degraded electrical components. Until now.
The information contained in this manual has never been published in the world of postwar Lionel Trains. The data was accumulated over a period of 10 years of troubleshooting, repairing/rewinding, and testing. As if this wasn't enough, the data was completely reverified in the 6 months prior to publication of this manual. Needless to say, this was not a paper exercise!
This is the first volume in a series and it deals exclusively with the motors and power trucks produced for Lionel’s line of Postwar Steamers, Diesels, and Electrics. It also includes all the horns, relays and reverse units used in those products. It is a primary electrical reference designed to support several levels of repair activity.
Lionel was legendary in its reuse of mechanical cores, but wiring them to satisfy different applications. This is especially true of the early steamers, which were a carryover of the pre-war design. This manual will tell you if you have the correct armature for your locomotive. It will also help you identify any spares you may have picked up over the years.
Level I: Component Recognition
Lionel was also known for making minor mechanical changes to electrical components, which prevented their being used directly (without further mechanical adjustments) in earlier (or later) models of the same type of locomotive. This manual will help you identify those variations.
This manual will significantly reduce your trouble-shooting time. It will also introduce you to component-level troubleshooting techniques heretofore known only to a relatively small number of repairpeople. Imagine! No more “guessing” if that armature or field is still good. This manual will tell you! A quick set of measurements, and a quick look-up, and you will know the electrical viability of the suspect component. A separate troubleshooting section takes you step-by-step through the most common defects which can seriously degrade performance. Once you understand these steps, you will break that vicious disassembly/reassembly, lubrication/relubrication cycle that leads to increasing frustration or growing backlogs of unrepaired items.
Level II: Troubleshooting
This manual will also allow you to rebuild armatures and fields to their original specifications. If you already operate at this level, then you really can “do it all” when it comes to toy train repair. And operating your layout is a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about something burning out.
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