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I never used my new Marklin Locomotive Model 18478 bought in 1979. For the first time I tried to use it on my Marklin tracks. The wheels spark a little on the tracks but the engine does not run the Locomotive.

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  • drakewill220 Nov 07, 2010

    My father passed away and gave me the train.

    I am sorry, but I can't seem to locate the brushes. When you say the end opposite the gear box, I assume you mean the front of the loco, but where specificially are the two brushes? Are they under the carriage where the four little swivel wheels are? Not quite sure. I have a picture of the loco if that would help. This loco has three main wheels and on each end a set of swivel wheels. Thank you

  • drakewill220 Nov 07, 2010

    I read your comments about cleaning the brushes; however, when you say that the brushes are located opposite end of the gear, do you mean the front of the train. And if so, under the carriage or where exactly are the two brushes. I have not been able to locate them. I attached a picture of the loco for your aid. Thank you so much.

  • drakewill220 Nov 07, 2010

    Thanks, Shiela65 (nice name). I found the carbon brushes, but they appear very clean; especially given that the loco had been boxed all these years. Could it be that a Marklin needs is own special type of transformer, or any other ideas. Thank you

  • drakewill220 Nov 08, 2010

    Sorry, but no batteries in the Locomotive. I did notice; however, that one of the wires seems to have been crimped, which may have broken the wire inside its protective sheath. Is there a way to send a picture.

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What made you think of the loco now after not using it (even as new) for over 31 years? Anyway, better late than never.
It seems that due to disuse there is a collection of dirt or whatever between the carbon brushes and the rotor connectors preventing the brushes to make contact with the rotor. Clean this area. The brushes are on the end other than the pulley or gear end. Two brushes would have one wire connected to each. pull the brushes up and clean the brush and the rotor by rotating it.

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  • Rinoo Kumari Nov 07, 2010

    I am sorry to hear of your father.

    The motor has two ends. One is attached to the traction end that moves the loco. The other eand has two wires going into it. This is the one I am referring to.

  • Rinoo Kumari Nov 07, 2010

    It must be running on batteries. A train after all. Has to cover the distance. So batteries are a must. And a charger. On the charger you would find written the voltage it works on. See if it matches your country's voltage requirement. if yes, charge the battery, if no then replace the charger.

  • Rinoo Kumari Nov 08, 2010

    Replace this wire please.



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