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Lionel Thomas & Friends Train won't stop making chuffing noise.

Check the door making sure it is closing properly
9/25/2017 3:48:53 PM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Sep 25, 2017

My 1941 Lionel train stops getting enough power to run all the way around the track. Voltmeter says 15 volts around all track and transformer says 15 volts. How do I test engine?

If your sure the loco contacts/wheels are clean and the track is ok then remove the loco bodywork and check the motor. You can apply a 12v supply directly to the motor contacts to test if it's running ok. If it does run ok then suspect and clean the brushes and associated connections. If it does not run try moving the motor armature manually. If it is stuck it is probably time to replace it. If it moves apply a light machine oil and test again.
6/16/2014 3:30:45 PM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Jun 16, 2014

I need info on how to connect from transformer to track. Ilost paperwork and wires.

Power wire to center rail and ground wire to either outside rail.
12/4/2013 5:19:11 AM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Dec 04, 2013


Possibly in need of wheel/pickup cleaning or lubrication.Also possible that your track need cleaning.
1/19/2013 12:40:19 PM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Jan 19, 2013

How do i wire the transformer? there are four

ther will be four wires but they will ahve all colours
blue black negative red brown for posityve green yellow earth and white may be anothe r earth
any way try and see the colour on the tracks and join appropriate and each wires to them
maybe white and yellow can be joined together
it will not arise any problems by doing so
11/20/2011 12:23:21 AM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Nov 20, 2011

Want to replace trucks on

Go on google and look up, "lionel train parts." you will get numerous hits for parts. Some will list them on the site for sale, some will require you to call for the parts.

You can order a set of trucks with the pickups on them.

You will need to be very careful removing the trucks that are on it. They are riveted on. You need to drill them out very carefully.

When you put the new trucks on you can put them on 1 of 2 ways. You can buy a rivet gun from Lowe's and the right size rivets and rivet it back on, or you can use small machine screws and lock tight so that they can be changed if need be.

I figure you are doing something similar to what I have recently done. I picked up a linoel train set, and the caboose was not lighted, but inside had a spot to put a bulb and wire everything up but the trucks did not have pickups.

I ordered a set of trucks with the pickups and I replaced them how I instructed, and just used machine screws. Works great and looks good.

Make sure if you use screws to use lock tight because other wise they will loosen up and come apart over time.

1/22/2010 9:24:45 PM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Jan 22, 2010

Forward runs good but reverse dosnt work so good

You will need to perform the following :
1) clean any and all electrical pick ups (with power off)
2) check, clean, and re lubricate gearing on locomotive
3) check switch on fwd and rev for contact and dust.
4) please note that sometimes this is a really good excuse to buy a new locomotive or upgrade to a BIGGER set.

Hope This Helps,
11/29/2009 7:21:54 PM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Nov 29, 2009

I have a Multicontrol 115 volt transformer (4

I went to a train dealer.
11/21/2009 1:25:58 PM • Lionel Trains... • Answered on Nov 21, 2009

Lionel 313 bascule bridge

It sounds like the counterbalance spring is loose or disconnected. I would rather add weight to the counterweight box to take some load off of the motor...Use fishing sinkers, one or two rolls of pennies or equivalent. Also do not overtighten the spring you will warp the base of the bridge.
9/12/2019 1:20:27 PM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Sep 12, 2019

I just got a postwar

10/25/2017 6:50:54 PM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Oct 25, 2017

Lionel 3656 parts

see page 11 of attached pdf for operating instructions: http://www.slsprr.net/history/1954LionelTrainsAccess.pdf Brasseur Electric Train's, parts for 3656: Lionel 27 Parts
10/22/2014 4:31:21 AM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Oct 22, 2014

Lionel toys

see attached pdf.
10/15/2014 5:02:47 AM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Oct 15, 2014

Lionel legacy will not run more than 2 trains

see pages 44 & 45 of attached pdf to figure out your power requirements for all locomotives, lamps/light bulbs & accessories. compare total needed to power output of your transformer, if total is less that output of transformer, clean wheels, roller pickups & track. if total is greater than output of transformer, you need more power/larger output transformer. lean wheels, roller pickups track. http://www.slsprr.net/history/1954LionelTrainsAccess.pdf
10/15/2014 4:57:05 AM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Oct 15, 2014

Lionel instructions

10/15/2014 4:42:16 AM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Oct 15, 2014

Need manual or instructions or lionel wabash cannonball 70-1962-202

You should be able to get a manual from the Lionel Service Department on 586 949 4100 or use their website contact service. Contact Lionel Trains
1/21/2014 10:36:48 PM • Lionel Crafts &... • Answered on Jan 21, 2014

Que tal buen dia. el ez control presenta falla..

moved this post to toy trains.TOY TRAIN "This is an HO scale electric train, the fault is in the bachmann brand EZ COMMAND control"
2/28/2023 5:03:48 PM • Crafts & Hobbies • Answered on Feb 28, 2023
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