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It’s tough to be a kid at my age.   I bought a cattle loader on eBay.  It bounces great till it gets to the doors.   Then it kind of sticks and the next one knocks it over.   I found a manual online and it said to grease front of cows.   I have sewing machine grease which I’m sure will work.  Manual said front edge.  Do you have any other Tips or tricks to get better operation out of this?

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I have done some tuning of our 3656 stockyard with some limited success, but nothing to write home about yet.  They are tricky and each has a personality of its own.  It sounds like your stockyard bridge is not quite aligned with the stock car or the little tabs on the bottom of the bridge are not making contact with the platform (where the cows stand) to translate the vibration from the platform to the bridge.

The trick is to do some slight bending and twisting of the bridge to get the bridge as plumb as possible with the car runway and also maintain contact between the bridge tabs and the platform when power is applied.

I bought a cattle loader on eBay.  It bounces great till it gets to the doors.   Then it kind of sticks and the next one knocks it over.   I found a manual online and it said to grease front of cows.   I have sewing machine grease which I’m sure will work.  Manual said front edge.

I would nominate this as one of Lionel's worst "operating" cars.  I had one from the LTI era.  After fiddling with, & trying to adjust, it for like 2 years (including one time sending it to the Lionel Service Dept.) I just sold it.   I've never heard of putting grease on their felt bottoms & don't see how that would help.. .only create more drag.

The one I had as a kid seemed to work fine. When I acquired one a number of years ago neither the car nor the corral worked well. After hours of tweaking the corral, ramps, and car platform it works OK, You will want to get a set of pads for the car and corral, then its a matter of small adjustments to optimize the vibrations. Because it was one of two operating accessories I grew up with as a kid I wanted it to work. It can be done, just takes a lot of trial and error.

Pete

It's too bad they do not work more reliably as a whole, although I do enjoy the challenge of getting it to work properly.  If a guy could get a three or so working well, I think it would be a fun game to "brand" the cattle into thirds, mix them around the various stockyards, and then load, sort, and deliver the cattle to their appropriate "home" stockyard.

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