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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

SIRT ·
Outstanding report DK. If I obtain some spare gears, I will pull the defective unit. Thank you for sharing the details. Steve
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O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

Susan Deats ·
Two sets of gates (purchased in 2000) have operated great on accessory power for years. One gate quit and the replacement set purchased had noisy gears. The second set of gates purchased sounded the same as original gates. Two videos with sound have been posted here, O-Scale Crossing Gates . MTH says some are just noisy.
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

Richard Gonzales ·
Susan, I have gone through 2 sets of these MTH Rail King crossing gates. both sets eventual died and after the last set bit the dust I decided never again. I have a set of the MTH high way crossing flashers with bell sound, and this set of flashers has been working fine for 15 years. Richard Gonzales
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

SIRT ·
All 4 of mine are noisy. One gate quit last year, stuck in the up position. Anyone have a breakdown of the internal parts so I can see what's wrong? It's a major issue to remove it from the layout and check it on the bench as scenery - paint would have to be re-done. If there is a fix, I will pull it.
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

SIRT ·
Than you Susan. I repair cell phones - i phones every day so not a problem. Probably a worn or slipping gear as the electronics respond with a passing train. Gate just wont go down and cant be forced down either. As you can see, the sidewalk and scenery area will have to be compromised. Maybe some day I'll get to it? LOL!
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

dkdkrd ·
Yes, these are prone to cardiac arrest. But, I've become quite successful in resuscitating them....thanks to Dave at NWSL (NorthWest ShortLine). So, here's what I've discovered along the way..... 1) Most frequent cause of malfunction is the small plastic gear on the end of the motor shaft. The production version is plastic....destined to eventual failure: the gear splits and becomes loose on the motor shaft. No problem...if you're willing to spend about $10 for a new METAL gear, ream/drill...
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

Susan Deats ·
KD, thank you for the info. What are the failure symptoms for gears? My gate that quit would go up from the down position. When it got to up position, it would not activate. It was one of the smooth running gates.
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

Susan Deats ·
SIRT, I attempted repair on mine but didn't go into the motor or gears because mine was running smooth. It started intermittent action then finally quit so I assumed electrical. It wasn't repairable because the circuit boards are too small for my repair expertise. Here are photos of the electrical guts.
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

GeoPeg ·
Well, I see nobody has closed this thread, so I'll just add on almost 2 years later!!! I bought a pair of the 30-11012 crossing gates at a train show and once again the guy swore they worked - but they didn't. One went up and down but VERY slowly, like it would have taken 5 or 6 minutes to go either way. The other gate went down and then sat there … grinding the gears! I found the problem with the slow gate was up in the gear box - the gear box housing simply needed to be loosened and...
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

GeoPeg ·
Thank you, Steve. I found the same thing, only every time I tweaked the upper left screw, it lasted for just one or two down-up cycles, then it was back to barely flashing. I did remove the gear box cover, and cleaned both limit switches with alcohol-soaked tiny strips of cardboard, but it still was not right. So I pulled the (limit switch) cover off again, and got more aggressive with #400 sandpaper, followed by an alcohol soaked piece of paper towel for cleanup - that did the trick, works...
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

shorling ·
My gate was barely flashing in the up position and would not stop. I fixed it by tweeking the upper left adjustment screw.
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

Dan Padova ·
Why can't MTH or Lionel make scale crossing gates the same way Lionel made them originally, with a solenoid ? Those things are almost bullet proof. You can't damage them if you accidentally push them down. The solenoids almost always work unless someone has tampered with them. So why haven't we seen something like the originals in a scale size ?
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

luvindemtrains ·
Sirt, I believe you may have discovered the problem on your own. I have had to go in and simply super glue a couple of the slipping gears back in place. Once I have done that they haven't come out again. If you hear your gate making noise, all may not be lost. Let us know if that works. Dave
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

shorling ·
George Thanks for your reply !! I think little fingers were at the center of my crossing gate issues. I had one gate that wouldn't raised and the motor continued to run. The flashing lights wouldn't turn off when raised on the other gate. I saved a some bucks on the bay on replacements advertised as old but never used and working. I installed one to replace my stuck down gate, the replacement gate worked but slightly slow and noisy. It also went too far down and the flashing lights didn't...
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

GeoPeg ·
I can testify that those crossing gate mechanisms are indeed quite delicate, and definitely not something likely to survive a carpet layout with little fingers around! I was surprised at the good fit of all the parts, obviously well engineered and manufactured … with perhaps the exception of the tiny plastic gear on the motor shaft. Although my motor gears were both good, it's obvious that there's not much plastic there to keep those tiny gears from splitting. Well, the car has been mostly...
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

SIRT ·
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Re: O-Scale Crossing Gates (set of 2) 30-11012. Some run smooth. Some are noisy.

GeoPeg ·
Actually, I saw an MTH crossing gate at the train show. It was packaged like mine, looked nice n' new, but it was physically huge compared to my two little (scale) guys. I asked the owner about it and he said it was MTH's foray into the "toy" world of Lionel, that they had built these to simulate Lionel's early stuff, complete with solenoid operation! George
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