I had purchased the American Flyer Polar Express set when it was first announced. After a wait of somewhere beyond two years these finally did show up. I was quite happy with this train and it seemed to be pretty dependable for the most part. After running it for quite a while I started to have problems where the train would stall, it would stop with a loss of power and start up again, without being touched. I attempted to find the problem and it seemed to no avail. I added additional power pick-up to the trailing truck on the engine and that seemed to help a little but the stalling continued to happen periodically. I tried to compare the assembly of this engine to the Nickle Plate engine which I also purchased but did not notice a difference at first. After struggling with this for a couple of weeks. I did a closer comparison of the two engines and did find the discrepancy. The difference was in the assembly of the trailing truck to the engine. The NKP on the stud which runs through the draw-bar and the truck below the cab had one flat washer above the E-clip, where the P.E. had the E-clip above the flat washer. This would cause the binding of this stud on the P.E. and the wheels on the trailing truck to lift from the track and cause loss of power for a short time but long enough to stall the engine. By making the assembly on the P.E. the same as the NKP, moving the flat washer above the E-clip, the binding problem was corrected and power loss was eliminated. I am sharing this because there may well be others whose P.E. locomotive was assembled the same way. I hope this may be of help to some.

Ray

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Just think of the amount of people that don't use computers or are not on this forum or any other forum and have no way of telling their story.

DennyM posted:

Just think of the amount of people that don't use computers or are not on this forum or any other forum and have no way of telling their story.

Yep, and then never get their children another train because this expensive one is unreliable.

I'm expierencing the same sort of issue.  But it appears to be occurring on the front guide wheels.  I loose power and then it starts again. I've also noticed sparks coming from the front guide wheels when this happens. 

Any idea what this may be?  

Jason Platt

Lansdale, Pa

Jason,

The problem is the wire for the pick up on the pilot truck is short and very stiff, the wire has most likely broken loose from the wiper on the axle.  I removed the boiler shell , when doing this be very careful not to lose plastic spacers on the four screws,  and spliced in a short length of super flex wire. This will solve your sparking and stalling.

Ray

Jason I went back to find previous post on this problem, in which I did not mention having to add some superflex wire. Hope this will help you.

Ray

Mark, You may soon find out the wire to the pilot truck was also attached with the bubble gum. I had to solder mine. The toughest part was keeping all the parts, the washers, spring and truck all together while reattaching the truck to the engine.

Ray

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So it's the wire atrachers to the front guide wheels that are causing these power issues and sparking.  

Is it an easy fix to put the flex wire in?  

Jason,

It is not a difficult repair, just be patient as you disassemble and reassemble the locomotive, when you do the splice use a short piece of shrink tube to insulate the splice from the chassis.

Ray

Jason Platt posted:

So it's the wire atrachers to the front guide wheels that are causing these power issues and sparking.  

Is it an easy fix to put the flex wire in?  

I predict I'll see this locomotive soon.

Yes John,  

after the holidays.  For repairs and lighting.  

Its still under warranty.  Only a few weeks old.  I'll have to go through Henning's because if the warranty.  But would like to add LED marker lighting to engine and on the observation car

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