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a few months back I re motored a tenshodo blue goose and installed dcc and made a driveline out of what I believed to be quality parts. the locomotive made an awful noise that sounded like a gear issue once I was done. I ended up tearing into it tonight to get to the bottom of the issue and found out that either the driveline or the cheap can motor I installed was the issue. I replaced the motor with an older northwest short line sagami motor with a flywheel on it and all the noise went away. I also ended up without an actual drive shaft its just a ujoint on the end of the motor shaft going onto the gearbox input shaft. I guess long story short use QUALITY parts when upgrading a locomotive otherwise youre liable to be doing the job all over again. the motor was actually from a kit that was for an athearn blue box locomotive. I need to lubricate the tender axles and it will be a very quiet and nearly perfect runner once I get the cv values set correctly
 

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Scratch that... I was in the layout room running the locomotive and all of a sudden the locomotive slowed way down then that awful sound of a shorted motor on ac current happened. Not sure if the motor quit or if I have overloaded the decoder and smoked it. Sad to say but the blue goose has fallen into disrepair yet again. Good thing the train show is tomorrow and I’ll hopefully be able to chase down a good motor to make the locomotive run properly without tearing apart my other 3460 class Hudson. If not I’ll be stealing that motor
 
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