Athearn SD70M, lubrication?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by davidone, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. davidone

    davidone New Member

    The Athearn diesel engines seem to run louder then the Atlas, should all N scale engines be lubricated before running? Or will break in time quiet them down. This may be a simple question but i'm a newbie to N scale so please bear with me.

    Thaks, Dave
  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I've got a few of those SD's too and they do growl a bit louder than an Atlas or Kato. They seem to take a bit more power to start up as well. I haven't noticed any running problems with them though. Mine were clearly lub'ed right out of the box so I haven't added any additional oil. I don't yet have enough hours running them to decide if they're "broken in" yet or not. But I have tried to run them in forward and reverse to evenly wear in all the gearing.
  3. berraf

    berraf Member

    Could you please tell a little bit more about how much time is needed before a loco is broken in?
    I suppose the speed/voltage has some importance too...or?
  4. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Usually 10-20 minutes on both direction is sufficient.

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