Model Power 0-4-0 problem

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by McFortner, Dec 25, 2002.

  1. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    My son was given a Santa Fe 0-4-0 switcher, item number 6634, for Christmas. While the engine runs, it runs wobbly and eventually jumps off the track (it looks like it is trying to "hop" down the track). It is almost like something is out of balance. What can be done to fix this problem?

  2. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Does it have a traction tire? If so has the traction tire come off the wheel rim?
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Hi Michael, Merry Christmas! I have an SF 0-4-0 that did the same thing. I found the wheelsets had a lot of slop (left and right, not for/aft). I shimmed them with some nylon washers. Rather than take it all apart, I cut "V" shape notches in the washers and just pressed them over the axle. Runs fine now. Dunno where you can buy them, but I could pop a few in the mail. I some cases, the drivers might just need pressed further onto the shaft, but I would measure it against NMRA specs first.
  4. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Micheal, In addition to the other suggestions....

    1. Possible burr in one or more of the holes in the drive rods.

    2. Drivers out of quarter...not 90 degrees to each other on opposite sides of the loco...requires a quartering jig to fix...expensive....jig costs more than the loco:eek:

    3. One of the screws that hold the rods to to the drivers is run in too tight.

    4. Worm gear...not the worm on the motor... is out of round or is off center and at an angle to the motor worm. Easy to fix.

    5. One or more of the drivers is out of round or a tire is pressed on a driver center crooked.

    Keep picking...You'll find it!!!
  5. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Just one more thing to look at would be to make sure the "piston shafts" are not binding as it goes back and forth in the piston cylinders, if it has them.

    Vic, I have re-quartered a set of driver's without a jig, MAN what a pain.

  6. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    That is something I noticed myself as well and I am thinking is the main problem. If you don't mind sending them, I sure would appreciate a few washers. Just send me your snail mail address and I'll send you a SASE plus however much they cost.

  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I sent a PM, if you can PM your address to me I can mail them tomorrow.
  8. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    the washers arrived today from "Elf Paul" as I told my son (the engine was a gift from Santa). I got them put on and it is running better. I still need to sand down the flanges some (it is a 15 year old new engine) but everything is going much better with it.

    Tell Santa we said "Hi!";) :D


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