New Train Not Working

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by MBWIII, Aug 20, 2006.


    MBWIII New Member

    Hello everyone, :wave:

    Bought an Aethna War Bonnet set at a model train show today for son and myself and got home followed all instructions putting it together and cannot get the locomotive to run. No lights on train, nothing working. Seems train set is brand new as it was still sealed.

    Power Pak seems to be fine and I went around the track (Power-Lok) to pry prongs slightly out to make sure good connection. Then tested with volt meter on all track sections ans it seems to register consistently around track. (I know nothing about electrical except to see if voltmeter registers)

    Confirmed I'm at DC connections on Power Pak.

    Any ideas or help for this total newbie?
  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    HI MB, it souds like you have a handle on checking the track voltage. I would venture that you may have bad connections between the motor and the wheels. The wheel pickups are typically small bronze sheet wipers touching the backs of the loco wheels, should be visible from underneath.
    Is this an HO scale Athearn set? They should stand behind the loco, but you would probably have to send it in to the factory for repair if you can't find anything on your own. It could also just be old and gummed up, I suppose. The shell is probably relatively easy to remove, others here more experienced with Athearn can guide you.

    Let us know what you find, and Good Luck with it!!:thumb:
  3. railroader122

    railroader122 New Member

    im a newbie too but maybe you should check if it works on ac? i really dont know but worth a shot i guess!!

    MBWIII New Member

    Yes Cidchase you were correct. Checked ohm's and front wheels weren't signaling anything while back wheels were. Pulled the body off and there was a metal tab that makes a connection from the motor to the wheels that was out of place. Bent it back and all if fine now.

    Thanks!!!! :thumb:
  5. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    :wave: welcome to the gauge :wave: glad you got it going .:)

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