Hats off to Lionel customer service. Attempted to call, one ring, person knew what I needed and processed my order within 30 minutes after the call. Years ago, no one even bothered to answer the phone. Good job on the C.S. although the gears should have been metal.
Finally found the on going issue with my Lionel M7 power unit. The plastic gear cracked causing intermittent operation. You can buy a new complete power truck to fix it if needed for about 60 bucks to the door. I would not suggest pulling a 6 car set as this under designed unit will probably fail depending on it's usage.
So, it you can handle a soldering iron, shrink tubing and a screw driver, it will be an easy repair. It's now back in action for the Grandkids to run.