smoke doesn't work - Model Train Forum - the complete model train resource
Model Train Forum - the complete model train resource  

Go Back   Model Train Forum - the complete model train resource > General Model Train Forum Discussion > General Model Train Discussion
Forgotten your password?

General Model Train Discussion Mostly anything goes, especially train related!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-21-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
tfret
Hobo
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 34
smoke doesn't work

I bought a Polar Express train set off e-bay. Got a good deal. Everything looks and runs great. The bell was the only thing missing. The whistle works, that's pretty cool. But the smoke unit doesn't work. I've checked that is is switched on. I've only used a couple of drops. Run it for a long time. Added a few more drops. Nothing. The kids are very disappointed with that. I can only assume the previous owner ran it without fluid and burned it up(??). Anyway, what do I need to do to repair it? Is there a thread that discussing replacing the smoke unit? Thanks for any help.
tfret is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
tjcruiser
Moderator
 
tjcruiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 14,680
Scales Modeled: HO ... and growing Lionel O
Images: 64
Hi Tfret,

You might want to clarify a couple things ...

I assume it's a Lionel set?

O gauge or G gauge?

TJ
tjcruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2010, 08:28 AM   #3
tfret
Hobo
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 34
Lionel O gauge. I noticed that the chamber inside the stack is mis-aligned by about 50%. I thought that maybe I had been missing the chamber when putting the fluid in. So I made sure that I was hitting the chamber with the drops. Still nothing. It just doesn't work. While I'm off for Christmas and have some time I sure would like to fix it.
tfret is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2010, 09:47 AM   #4
tjcruiser
Moderator
 
tjcruiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 14,680
Scales Modeled: HO ... and growing Lionel O
Images: 64
Tfret,

I haven't had time to do any research, but I had posted these Lionel manual links in response to another thread ... maybe there's something there that can help you ...

http://www.lionel.com/media/serviced...3-1960-250.pdf

And perhaps this loco and parts info?

http://www.lionel.com/media/serviced...erComplete.pdf

http://www.lionel.com/media/serviced...pEngTndrPL.pdf

It's crazy, but I don't see part numbers on the parts diagram. I don't see how one looks at that and cross-references things with the parts list itself.

TJ
tjcruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2010, 10:09 AM   #5
Reckers
Yard Master
 
Reckers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Louisville KY
Posts: 5,161
Scales Modeled: S Scale and N scale suitcase train!
Images: 72
Please don't take this as critical, but Lionel O gauge is like a Ford or a Chevy: any shop in town should be able to work on them and have/get parts. If you're in a hurry to get it working, find a local hobby shop that works on Lionels and take it to them. They should be able to fix it quickly.
On the other hand, if you're a hands-on guy, get on the web and try something like "repair smoke Lionel train". Here's what I got on the first try: http://ctt.trains.com/en/Collecting/...e%20units.aspx

THe Lionel O gauge guys here are pretty good, so I expect you'll find additional advice soon. Best wishes!
__________________
Reckers
Car Banger Par Excellence
Reckers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2010, 02:43 AM   #6
jbsmith966
Gang Labourer
 
jbsmith966's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: SW Michigan USA
Posts: 92
Scales Modeled: HO
Inside the cab there are two switches, one of them turns the smoke unit off and on.

Also the smoke will not really work unless the throttle is at about 80% or greater.
jbsmith966 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


» Visit These Sites:
LGB World

Or Our European Train Website ModelRailForum




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2008-2013 Model Train Forum