Thought this 486 Santa Fe Chief was toast
But, It is looking pretty good now. Was missing a wire from the front truck to the light bulb, I actually found the original piece of wire and replaced it. Light works. Worse though was the spot welds on the front subchassis were drilled out (don't ask). Still, after cleaning out the holes with a 3/16" drill bit, I was able to pop rivet it back into position. Not original but very secure and serviceable. And barely noticeable. Finally I polished the wheels and pickups and oiled the axles/wheel hubs lightly. I am waiting on chassis screws from Train Tender, as those were missing too.
This makes me very happy as I was disappointed with my 10-year old self for cannibalizing this beauty!
I did learn that even a small amount of water will remove the front decals. Oops, but easily fixable. Now to see if the 484 locomotive can be salvaged! It has cut wires and a loose armature and who knows what else!
Last edited by shaker281; 06-29-2019 at 01:49 PM..