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You can often cycle a drum type Lionel e-unit without power by carefully flipping it 360° in a smooth somersault, or backwards somersault as needed, so the plunger can drop and the hook leans onto the drum teeth, and as the 360° finishes, plunger drops back and pulls the drum out of neutral. Adding a downward thump into your hand ,when upside-down helps overcome some stiff return springs, but getting the loco angle right is key and the hook might bounce loose.....it just takes a few tries to get it.

(might come in handy for something else there that doesn't move from bad eunit coil)

Marx often has the switch up high on the frame, off the light bracket. I had had one years before I noticed the lock (fwd or rev)  ... I just thought the "R"-unit coil died in reverse, and was ready to wire direct, but found a switch had been jarred open. I checked and found more but not all had one there.

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