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Lionel TMCC Smoke Unit Troubleshoot- Voltage Regulator ?

Steims ·
Just picked up a "new" Lionel UP GP-30 6-28860. It is not smoking, no fan or heat. I applied 18 VAC directly to the smoke unit J1 connector and the fan spins and the heating element gets hot. I am not getting AC voltage to the J1 connector. I have reset the locomotive. I am seeing about 1 VAC as input to the smoke unit. I suspect it is a problem with the AC Regulator. How can I confirm whether it is bad or it's not getting good serial information from the motherboard to turn on?
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E-Unit and center pickup woes

Slowhands ·
Frustration abounds. My 2055 stopped running last week after a potential wiring problem with the hardwire plugs and/or 022 switches. I suspected something with the E-Unit, maybe stuck in neutral, between cogs, or something like that. Taking the E-unit out of the frame was a bit of a challenge, a tighter fit than I expected, especially with trying to keep all the wires connected. Got it out, and found that the drum had jammed somewhat sideways in the unit, as one of the spindles had sheared...
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Railsounds Commander Backfeeding E-unit

TomP ·
This weekend I installed an ERR Railsounds Commander (RSC) into a conventional K-Line Alco S-2 that dates from the late 80's or early 90's. Its a great engine, that runs smooth and has a ton of power. The only things missing were the sounds of a four stroke diesel to go along with it. It was a tight squeeze getting the extra components under the engine's low hood. I had to reroute the original wiring and remove most of the counter-weights. But it sounds really good! The only problem is that...
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Please Delete! Found! MTH 20-20260-1 or 20-20260-3 Heritage unit Illinois Terminal

twistedridez ·
WTB MTH Illinois Terminal Heritage unit. Powered or Non-powered 20-20260-1 or 20-20260-3
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Need help deciding which model to use for a kitbash unit

NS6770Fan ·
We are planning on starting to build the NS 34 Geometry Slug. Does anyone have any recommendations for an older Athearn Bluebox chassis to use? Would an SD7/9 work for a decent replica for the shell? We will gut the loco, so internal space is not a problem as it will only have lights. Also, if anyone has an Sd7/9, are the fuel tanks one piece? I will have to use one, as the prototype has only one. We were also considering using a bluebox SD40 unit if we can’t find a full sd7/9.
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Smoke unit from K-Line Crusader

hearncl ·
The attached photos are both sides of the burned-out circuit board from a K-Line Crusader smoke unit. Also pictured is the entire smoke unit with board removed. Would anyone know where to find the board, with attached resistor and gasket? I would be happy to find the entire smoke unit if it comes with resistor board pre-installed.
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Ex-Conrail, Amtrak 145, and a stone train at Harrisburg (video)

pittsburghrailfan ·
A video of a few Norfolk Southern trains passing by the Harrisburg Amtrak station this past summer. Highlights include an ex-Conrail Dash 8 leading a light engine move, two SD60Is on a stone train (with slack action) and Amtrak's Phase III Heritage unit, #145, pausing at Harrisburg while leading the Pennsylvanian .
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Lionel Amtrak F40PH Cabbage Units

ericstrains.com ·
Hi folks, Here's my latest product review video. I hope you find it useful and informative. Enjoy! Thank you, Eric Siegel
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csx dash 8 40c, replacing e unit

Trainmaster7500 ·
i have a nice conventional duel motor CSX dash 8 40c and recently the liontech e unit inside had stoped working, im wondering what kind of e unit i should purchase to replace it.
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Smoke Unit Clogging And Output

Ricky S ·
Hello, I have been running my MTH trains with DCS, and the smoke usually stops within 1 minute of me putting in the smoke fluid. I blow on the smokestack and a whole lot it pushed out. I think this is bad for the engine because I the smoke is not exiting the engine, it could damage the electronics in the engine. Is there a way to keep the engine's smoke unit from "clogging"? Also, some engines have not been outputting a lot of smoke, and I think it is the wick. Are there any other things I...
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Motor of the Week - Week 11 - Bonus Round!

HCSader73 ·
Week 11 - BONUS ROUND! Earlier on this board I mentioned that I acquired over a dozen "junk" or derelict motors to develop my repairing skills. The motors were represented to me as Lionel post war production. I didn't know what they were or what locomotives they belonged to. For the past two and a half months you, train enthusiasts, experts all, identified a dozen derelict motors. You displayed encyclopedic knowledge earned from experience and enthusiasm, and were awarded the highest honor...
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Penn Central Heritage leads on the Pittsburgh Line!

pittsburghrailfan ·
After flying under the collective radar, NS 1073, the Penn Central Heritage Unit, made a surprise appearance leading a short westbound unit trash train.
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Lionel Legacy NYC F3 Powered B Unit & Lionel and MTH NYC Passenger Cars

MDphotographer ·
Lionel Legacy NYC F3 Powered B unit #6-34580 less then 12 hours run time $250.00 +actual shipping Lionel NYC 3 car passenger set $75.00 +actual shipping MTH NYC 4 car passenger set $100.00 +actual shipping Mdphotgrapher@aol.com
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New Lionel F3/F7 SuperBass B unit shorting out PowerMaster

Slugger ·
Hi all, Anyone else having issues with their newly-released SuperBass B unit? I got a Pennsy ABA set, and as soon as I apply power to the track, its PowerMaster detects a short and cuts off the power (the red light is solid). It's instantaneous; the sound system in the B unit doesn't even have time to start up. As far as I can tell, everything looks fine underneath the B unit and the wheels are seated properly on the rails. The PowerHouse circuit breaker doesn't trip. This only occurs with...
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BREAKDOWN B UNIT

JohnActon ·
I recently bought a Lionel 6-24595 Breakdown B unit based on info on a Lionel site product info page. It states that the unit has and I quote, "Multi Whistle effect simulates blasts at different air pressures, creating a realistic varity of sounds with each press of the WHISTLE button." Now, reading the instruction manual it says nothing about how to access a Whistle/ Horn in this case. It does say in the Conventional operation section, "While the B-unit receives HORN commands to stop and...
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( FOUND> PLEASE DELETE) MTH PREMIER SOUTHERN HERITAGE UNIT

twistedridez ·
Looking to purchase a MTH Premier Southern Heritage Unit. Powered or Non-powered. 4 different part numbers listed, anyone will do. 20-20111-1 20-20111-3 20-20263-1 20-20263-3 Thanks Chris
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MTH F-3 Motor

Ricky S ·
Hello, I have a MTH Santa Fe F-3 With Proto- Sound 3.0, and it is an A-B-A Set. I recently got a lot of passenger cars to go with it, but the engine can’t pull them all because only one A Unit is powered. Is there a way to add a motor to the extra A or B unit so it acts like a lash up? Thank you for your help. Ricky
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Lionel 6-18197 & 6-18198 Western Pacific F-3 Diesel B-Units, Postwar Celebration Series.

jmkdrums ·
Hello! I'm on the hunt for the following: Lionel 6-18197 Western Pacific F-3 Diesel B-Unit Non-Powered. Lionel 6-18198 Western Pacific F-3 B Unit with Command Control & Railsounds. Any leads, please email me at jmkdrums@gmail.com or call me at 650-207-3464. Thanks! Joe
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Atlas 2-rail RS-1: Trains America Studios - Smoke Unit

UK Dave ·
Hi, this is my first post as a member from over the pond! I have a US O scale DCC layout that I exhibit in the UK. One of my locomotives is an Atlas "Pennsylvania" RS-1 that had a Lionel TMSS system. I am part way in the process of converting it for DCC use: have (carefully) removed the TMSS and installed DCC with sound. Electro magnetic couplers have been replaced with standard Kadee 740s. I found the article by Gene Clements (O Scale Trains, Sept/Oct '07 very useful). I am now at the stage...
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Waiting for track & switches

C&Osteam ·
I’m excited to have completed my tables. I made 4x4’ modular units to move around while constructing and wiring. Each unit has plywood screwed to framing, with a layer of homasote. It was interesting how much quieter the table got through the process. I added adjustable feet with hard felt pads. Ready for the track and switches to do testing before final commitment. An agreement has been reached with my bride. I also put an area for light shelves under each table for storage.
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Dallee E-Unit Question

Dan Padova ·
Would you say that the 4 AMP, #400 version of the Dallee E-Unit would suffice for a Lionel semi-scale, two motored GG1 ?
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Whistle Control-ZW

Dan Padova ·
The Pennsy 18000 switcher I just bought has a whistle, bell and steam sound. With the steam sound turned off, the whistle still works. Although my Post-war ZW could be finicky. The whistle control was working just fine until today. Now when I press the whistle control, on the transformer, the loco goes through it's E-unit sequence with each movement of the whistle control button. Any suggestions ?
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Smoke Unit Problems

Gettle08 ·
ok, I am new to model trains. My two year old loves them, so daddy has gotten into them as well. Today, we bought a gp7 lionchief plus UP. Train looks great. We ran it for 20-30mins and it worked great! Sound, smoke, everything it is supposed to do. Now we go to run it, and the smoke is not coming out the two exhaust holes on the top of the engine. I tried blowing down them, and got smoke going out the bottom of the engines. So it seems as smoke is being made, but not being pushed out. We...
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Pin-out and signal names for 103 E-Unit

Railroad Jim ·
I need the specs on 691-PCB1-064 103 E unit to fix a 6-18085 4-6-2 Pacific . The TMCC upgrade was installed and only works in conventional mode . Lionel has been no help . Hope someone has fixed this 20 year old steam Loco with additional wiring and mods . I bought the locomotive from someones collection that gave up on it working correctly . I have checked the R2lC board in another engine and works fine . I have wire listed the backplane 691-PCB1-o5F . Also found errors with Lionel docs...
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WTB Williams reverse board or reverse unit

bob182 ·
Looking for a reverse board or E-Unit for my Williams O Gauge PRR SD-45 Tuscan 4656 Diesel Locomotive. Not sure how to install, but interested in trying. My email is on my profile. Thanks!
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

GGG ·
Spring in first, than piston, and lever sits on piston bottom and presses it up to puff, and the spring pushes it down when lever goes down. These are not great smokers. G
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

Patrick M ·
thank you for responding what way does the piston go??...it has a open side and a closed side...it looks like it can go in either way...tks!
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

ADCX Rob ·
Closed/dome up, open/skirt down.
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

Patrick M ·
Thank you!!! back together any tips on how to get this to smoke a bit more???
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

WickedWanda44 ·
How many drops of fluid are you putting in?
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

Jim 1939 ·
Tis true they are not good smokers. if you have overfilled with fluid, you can hold the engine slightly off the rails and power up in forward or reverse. That will blow it out and burn it off.
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

Moonman ·
If it is the LionChief version it should smoke good. Use Lionel premium or JT's Mega Steam. If it's the conventional/transformer controlled model, not much you can do. The better fluids will help some in that one.
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

GGG ·
In neutral run voltage up towards max for about 30seconds. Lower voltage to normal around 8-10volts and press direction button. Adjust throttle as necessary. Should smoke for a while since you pre heated the element with high voltage. G
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

baltimoretrainworks ·
I have the conventional one and it smokes up a storm. So much so that it becomes annoying after awhile. Jerry
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

GGG ·
Different years have different elements. I believe the later have the coated 30-32ohm resistor. It does not smoke up a storm and never will. G
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

gunrunnerjohn ·
I've replaced that ceramic resistor for several folks, they were much happier with the results after the replacement. One guy brought a brand new one back and swore the smoke was not working. It was, just needed about 18 volts on the track to get any smoke! With a 22 ohm resistor, he's much happier, he gets smoke at normal operating voltages.
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

Patrick M ·
John where does one get this resistor?.....thank you to all for responding!
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

mlaughlinnyc ·
I'm thinking of buying a pair of lock ring pliers for spreading E units. Anyone have a recommendation on which one I should get ?
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

bmoran4 ·
@mlaughlinnyc , I like the Craftsman 4735 I have for my trains.
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

GGG ·
Electronic house. You want a wire wound with 2-3Watt rating. G
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Re: Polar Express Smoke Unit

gunrunnerjohn ·
Here's a couple suitable ones. 20 ohm: http://www.digikey.com/product...PC3W20.0CT-ND/596626 22 ohm: http://www.digikey.com/product...2R/22AECT-ND/2059160 They're cheap, so get several of each and try them.
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

pennsydave ·
They are tricky but you do get better the more you do. I wish there was a big secret but you do need 3 hands at least. I try to work from the top down when reassembling and hold the 'ears' as I get the individual pieces in place. First, the 4 finger, then the drum then the two fingers. It still takes me awhile though and usually quite a few attempts.
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

RoyBoy ·
I just did one last week. The nub went bad on the end of the drum and the fingers shorted out. How do the guys who repair clocks hold everything in alignment while they reassemble the works?
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

jim sutter ·
I believe Lionel had a special vise to help hold the unit. The number for this vice was ST378. Lionel also had a special tool to help spread the unit. Once the e-unit was popped open the fingers and drum fell out.
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

johnstrains ·
Not sure if it's still available, but a few years (at the suggestion of someone here on the forum) I found a video on YouTube on repairing/rehabbing E-units. It was in two parts and was excellent in terms of the video quality and the instructional end. Highly recommended if you can still find it.
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

ROGER1 ·
Don't forget that the other end of the e-unit pry tool has a hook on it. It's used to grab the drum and put it/hold it in position. Roger
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

El Classico ·
I used a screwdriver held with 2 fingers for drum maneuvering and holding one finger panel in place, and held other finger panels in alignment with other 3 while pressing together frame with 2nd hand.
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

jim sutter ·
This maybe the video on YouTube showing how to repair a Lionel e-unit.
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Re: So how DID Lionel assemble those E units?

taycotrains ·
This is the E unit vice that came with my press...I never had occasion to use it.
 
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