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Put smoke fluid in the wrong place on Lionel polar express train, got all the controls wet on main engine

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Remove the shell. Soak up as much as you can. Leave out to dry or use a hair dryer on low until controls are dry.

Posted on Dec 04, 2013

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    Remove the shell, turn the motor upside down and put it on a towel to soak up the smoke fluid. The smoke fluid won't dry because it is not water based but is an oil. If the engine doesn't run after doing this you'll have to take it to a Lionel Service Center for repair (usually replacement of oil soaked motor or switches).

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SOURCE: My new Lionel CW-80 trans former stopped working

I have had the same problem with my polar express, which i just bought recently. Having to send it to the USA from the UK would be very expensive so i decided to open it up myself. The tamper proof screws were a bit of a problem getting into it. I ground down an old screw driver into the triangle shape to undo them. I then replaced them with self taping srews the same size.
The Problem I found was simple, there is an internal (250V, 8Amp) fuse soldered onto the red wire on the secondary winding of the transformer. The red wire going from the transformer to the PCB, the fuse has black heatshrink over it.
There is no room inside the housing of the controller to fit a fuse holder. I fitted a box on the side of it with a panel mount fuse holder. drilled a hole through the housing, fitted longer red wires, so they could go through to the terminations on the back of the fuse holder.
At least now I can change it simply if it blows again.

hope this is of help to you.

Posted on Dec 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Lionel train power issue

Answer a number of questions:
Is the tranformer power adequate for the train and is it a working tranformer?
Will the train run by connecting the wires directly to the two points of the train (wheels and center rail connector)?
Are the tracks new?
Is the lockon new?

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Lionel Polar Express Berkshire Locomotive will only go in reverse

No doubt the transistor in the motor controller inside the engine is shorted TIP31C Q6 If you have the skills you can repair the unit. Parts are cheap, like 50 cents. Expense is shipping. Have repaired at least one that had the probblem you describe
good luck

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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SOURCE: New Lionel Polar Express train set-up issue. The

My son just got this train and we are having the same problem. Taking the last car off solved the problem for us. I think it has something to do with accessories and the transformer voltage output (See page 14 and 15 of the instructions).

I have still not determined why it won't run with the final car but am assuming it has something to do with the lights on the cars pulling too many amps and not enough left to run the train. I will let you know if I find a solution. If anyone else knows how to solve the issue, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Posted on Dec 25, 2010

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SOURCE: I'am looking to sell my Polar express lionel

Please go to the Lionel WebSite and type:

73-1960-250 in to search. This is a PDF file for the Polar Express which was released by Lionel in 5/05. You can also go directly to: http://www.lionel.com/media/servicedocuments/73-1960-250.pdf

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No doubt the transistor in the motor controller inside the engine is shorted TIP31C Q6 If you have the skills you can repair the unit. Parts are cheap, like 50 cents. Expense is shipping. Have repaired at least one that had the probblem you describe
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