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How can you tell whether or not a postwar Lionel motor has magnatraction?
magne-traction

The wheels are magnetized through the axle. Being magnetized gives them the grip to the rail.

That's what I think magne-traction is?:confused:
 

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Probably a dumb question on my part, but why would the motor be involved in that process? Teach me, somebody!
 

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I know what it is, but I want to know how to tell if a given motor has this feature or not...

It's not in the motor but the power truck is it not?:confused:

What engine # is in question?

An Alco diesel?
 

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All I have is the motor assembly so there is no cab number... It is from a steam locomotive, the standard 6 wheel design used in many different models... Some came with magnatraction and some did not, yet they look pretty much the same... I need to know what little difference there is between the two which shows that a motor has magnatration...
 

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All I have is the motor assembly so there is no cab number... It is from a steam locomotive, the standard 6 wheel design used in many different models... Some came with magnatraction and some did not, yet they look pretty much the same... I need to know what little difference there is between the two which shows that a motor has magnatration...

THIS SOUNDS LIKE A QUESTION FOR THE................,

T-MAN:D

I don't know how to tell if an engine is magne-traction. :confused:
 

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If I set my 226 on a loose section of track, it tries to lift the track when I remove the engine. If i'm not mistaken, the magnetic power can diminsh over time.
 

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I read something about mounting magnets inside the body.

Though I never came across any.
 

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The axles are larger. They magnetize the wheels. I think my 2036 has it.
I have a few of those axles I talked someone to throw in a junk lot I got.

He asked what I thought they were for. I told him to send me a few and he sent me 6 of them.:D

I don't know which engine they were made for I think a diesel.
 

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Sounds like Magnetraction is just a case of "My axle is bigger than your axle!"
 

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The 600 MKT has it. The axles have a larger diameter, not all the axles are that way either. Usually you see all sorts of metallic fillings hanging from the frame. With diesels only one axle per truck is needed.
 

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LOL, I just took a closer look at the 685 motor and there are actually magnets in the u-shaped slots around the axles :retard:
I beat all else when I say.......................,
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