Lionel 1666 Tender

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Dpzzzz, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. Dpzzzz

    Dpzzzz New Member

    Hi all. I'm new to the model train thing (my son is the zealot) and new to the board. My son received an early 1940's Lionel 1666 Steam Engine for Christmas from his grandfather. After reading instructions here and elsewhere, I tore the engine apart, cleaned it completely, greased the gears and oiled the wheels. The engine is in fine working order now.

    The tender rolls along just fine, however his grandfather recalls that it should whistle. After tearing it down to clean it, I found that one of the two wire leads in the tender is not attached. I see no I broken solder anywhere that makes it look like a connection was broken. I took this picture hoping that one of you would be able to help determine what this lead should be attached to. If you click on the smaller thumnail it launches a larger image. I hope to have a higher quality resolution image when my wife gets home with her camera.

    Any help or clues would be much appreciated.

  2. Dpzzzz

    Dpzzzz New Member

    Oops, sorry, I just now noticed the O scale forum. The perils of navigating to a new board via a search engine result, I guess.
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know if you got an answer to this question on the O gauge board, but it loos like the whistle is built into the tender. It should have one wire going to the side of the truck and the other going to a center track roller pick up. Form the pic you posted, I would guess that the wire to the side of the truck is hooked up, there is probably a roller for center rail pickup on the truck and you should see a spot of solder somewhere on the bracket holding the roller where the wire broke off.
  4. Dpzzzz

    Dpzzzz New Member

    That did it Russ! Thank you very much.
  5. kpolak

    kpolak Member

    If you need to replace this wire it's called superflex, 22 gauge, available thru train repair/parts dealers. Regular wire will be too stiff for the tender trucks to turn.

    I have one of these engines as well! Great Engine!


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