Engine Maintainance...a must read!

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by cpr_boy, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. cpr_boy

    cpr_boy Member

    Hi gang. I want to share an experience I had. I started in n-scale last May and have built a small bedroom layout. I have a few Kato engines and they work wonderfully. After awhile, I notice their performance decreasing and would constantly stall. I tried everything from constant cleaning of track and wheels to checking my wiring but nothing really helped. Last night, I was at my wits end, so I dismantled one of my engines, removing the truck assembly to see what I could find. There was lots of fur from my over-shedding CAT wound up in the wheel axles and gears. It was in all my locos and 2 hours later, I cleaned all of them and PROBLEM SOLVED....they run great now! I vaccumed my entire layout today and will have to do more "house cleaning".

    To make a long story short...engine maintainance is a MUST esp with n scale. I was in HO 10 years ago and don't remember this happening. These little engines need TLC and will repay you with years of enjoyment. I hope this helps anyone with a similar problem.

    "learning things as I go along!"
  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Absolutely! Good maintenance on locomotives is a must in any scale.The HO locomotives I use at the club gets checked and clean every 90 days due to the above normal use these units see.My N scale locomotives get checked and clean as needed as I use these on my industrial switching layout.
  3. Blake

    Blake Member

    Yup, just like a car you have to look under the hood every once in a while.
  4. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    On the lighter side...

    ...my girlfriend's Jack Russel Terrier sheds like crazy- everythings white with fur after a visit! Well, as much as I love N-Scale, I do have a G-Scale train I run at Christmas. I was surprised to find the 4-6-0 running rather slow. I figured I'd layed too much track for the little power pack to feed that big motor. But, No. Just as cpr said, there was just fur in the mechanism. As I pulled it out I amused myself with the thought that perhaps the whole damn dog was up in there (snicker-gufaww~~~~~~).

    Mark, an anonomous respondent.
  5. sschaer

    sschaer Member

    i know how it looks if 3 g scale sd45 at notch 8 hit a cat ....:) :p
  6. joe ramirez

    joe ramirez Member

    I have this problem where the train on certain sections will jerk alittle. After it goes around a few times the stalling gets better. I have every joint solidered and I have sanded the tops of the rails, I have not opened the engine yet but what else can I check? Oh one last thing, I have the rail power 1300, the problem is that I have to turn it up to 55 just to get the train moving. Any ideas?
    thanks in advance

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