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3 year old Lionel 4-4-2 (road number 8632) that will not run on antique track. Does anyone have any insight into whether this locomotive needs a digital power source or if it would have an issue running on a regular Lionel transformer?

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You may have to use a Lionel transformer for this because some older trains worked on AC current not the DC current that this train uses

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

  • scott177 Jan 02, 2011

    AC or DC isn't the actual problem here. The locomotive is three years old and the transformer, also a Lionel, is only about 2 or 3 years older. Of six locomotives, only one is exhibiting this behavior.

    There's a circuit board on the inside of the locomotive that has triacs, diodes, resistors, transistors, and an IC on it that looks to be the issue, if not a solid symptom of the root cause. (The triacs are overheating)

    If this were HO or N scale, I would suspect a DC / DCC problem, but I'm unaware of any Lionels that require the use of a DCC-like transformer. Do those exist?

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    Ryan Nguyen Jan 02, 2011

    it may be the IC or some diodes but if you have a mulitmeter check the resistance of the resistors test the diodes and then if those check out then it ma be some contact issues

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