need some advice

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by atucker53, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. atucker53

    atucker53 New Member

    Can someone give me some advice? I just recieved a Lionel passenger set from my father. the set is over 40 years old.... still runs GREAT...BUT they have not seen the light of day since March of 1969. What can i use to clean them up a bit without ruining them?[​IMG]
  2. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    is there just dust on it? if you have a air compressor you can use that if not i would just use a dry towel, anyone eles know/?
  3. atucker53

    atucker53 New Member

    there is a good bit of dust but some stains.... also the engine had a battery in it and my father didn't realize it. the battery ran the horn... ya the battery broke... i was thinking of using keyboard duster... the little can of compressed air for the dust.
  4. Muddy Creek

    Muddy Creek Member

    Not an expert on Lionel but I believe some cleaning and lube of the loco might be in order.

    How much damage did the leaking battery do?

    (Welcome to The Gauge)

  5. atucker53

    atucker53 New Member

    I have some battery acid on the bottom and left side of the loco..... took it to two hobby shops and got told not much they can do for it. it still runs REALLY well. Just don't have a horn.
  6. atucker53

    atucker53 New Member

    also if anyone knows where i could find a company or person that can make a plexi glass cover.... So i can place the set on a shelf, on track.... it is a very priceless set and is going to be passed down through the family.... measurements 5.5 feet long by 4.5 inches high by 5 inches wide.......
  7. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

    Man, I wish I'd seen this thread sooner. The best way to clean old Lionel rolling stock is with a soft paintbrush. Brush the dust away. Some Lionel paints are a lot less stable than others (red is notoriously unstable) so never, ever use any type of cleaner at all on red. Unpainted Lionel cars can be cleaned with water and a little bit of mild hand soap (such as Dove).

    Battery acid can be cleaned off with a toothbrush and a penetrating oil, such as WD-40.

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