This is the second volume dealing with the electrical components of Lionel Postwar O-Gauge trains. The focus of this volume is to provide complete coverage of the small motors and coils used in Motorized Units, Whistles, Rolling Stock and Accessories. It also includes information on the coils used in Switches and Control Sections. As the title implies, this volume covers:
This manual provides complete coverage of the wound components used in these units. The units were produced between 1954 and 1966. The "Troubleshooting" section provides information on widely available replacement parts which will extend the life of these units.
Not that complicated when you realize there were only two basic types of whistle motors: the diecast whistle and the plastic whistle. If the windings are still viable, these tough little motors can often be restored to original operating condition.
A wide range of operating cars, dump cars, and their related platforms, with an amazing array of technologies ranging from buzzers and solenoids, to very large O-Gauge motors. This manual also provides complete coverage of all vibrating "motors" used in these products.
Rolling Stock and Accessories
Continuing the approach started in Volume I, every entry in this manual emphasizes Component Recognition, Troubleshooting, and Repair.
Component recognition is especially important in Motorized Units and Whistles. Recognition of the commutator pitch, fractional differences in the length of the shaft and, in some cases, the "cut" of the worm gear on the end of the armature shaft is very important for these units.
Troubleshooting, defined as the simple act of inspecting a component, taking a measurement or set of measurements with an ohmmeter, and then comparing the reading(s) to the entries in this manual, is as simple as using a digital thermometer. The meter does all the work for you.
The information in this manual supports a broad spectrum of repair activities, ranging from simple inspection to cleaning, lubricating, re-soldering, and even rebuilding coils. An expanded Troubleshooting & Repair section provides simple tips and references to help you rejuvenate those "tired" operating assemblies.
It is no secret that availability of wound replacement parts has fallen way behind availability of mechanical or ornamental parts. You can use the notes in the "Troubleshooting" section to prevent further damage to the wound components in the units you have. For those units which have been pushed too far, you now have the information, and the support, needed to have them repaired or rebuilt!
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