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Lionel whistle tender

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I have a Lionel whistle tender with a Lionel 60 watt 1041 transformer. The tender will whistle when powered up alone but when I put a locomotive on and pull it around the track it will not whistle. If someone could help me it would be much appreciated.
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My guess is that the whistle tender needs some TLC to start. While it should work with a 60W transformer behind the engine, that assumes that the locomotive and tender have been maintained. Specifically, cleaning the commutator, making sure the brushes are good, and of course, proper lubrication of the motors is key.
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