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Old 02-17-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
icolectto
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Lionel 445

I have been interested in adding a Lionel 445 Switch Tower to my layout. I looked at the Tandem and Associates website and noticed the following statement:
Early production of this tower has an activating coil plunger that is too short. This caused the men not to move as far as was desirable and also caused the coil to overheat. These early plungers were 13/16" long and were nickel plated. The replacement plungers were about 3/32" longer and were made out of brass. The overheating caused by this early plunger sometimes caused the roof to melt at the apex as is illustrated below to the right.

My question is whether there is a replacement brass plunger for this accessory that can be purchased to solve the poor performance and melting issue?

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Old 02-17-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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According to Greenbergs repair book, just replace it with the new one. Im sure the train tender will have them.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply and info. I just checked the Train Tender and they have it. I will order it at once.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:13 PM   #4
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The #445 has always been a toy train masterpiece in design and functioning. One other problem some people run into is the tow line (attached to the man who runs downstairs) can begin to wear a groove in the structure, or the line or something in it can cause the man to slow down before he gets 3/4 of the way down. Some people find gluing (attaching) a small weight to the rear of the man speeds up and completes his descent down the staircase. Love this accessory!
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:09 PM   #5
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callmeIshmael2,

Thanks for your advice. I looking forward to the new addition and a long and smooth operation.
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