I Went to a train show at the St. Louis museum of transportation before Christmas. The tables were set up in the historic vehicle building and it was kind of a neat place to hold a show.  So I am perusing the tables and lo and behold I see some standard gauge on the table in front of me. There in all of it's glory is a beautiful example of a Lionel 42 electric, but there is one problem, way to cheap. I asked what was wrong with it and was told "it doesn't run - no armature".  He then said 150 takes it home, a couple of phone calls to locate an armature and I said sold. So I take the engine to the guy that has the armature and he takes one look and said that's the thin rim loco and good luck finding parts for that. When I look inside the Windows I don't even see the motor. Is there a parts diagram or image of the power truck available ?  If all else fails she will sit on a siding and just look pretty. imageimageimageimageimage

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I have two 42's inherited from my Grandfather. Neither one runs right now. One is reasonably complete , but has a bad gear in a motor and a short in the wire harness, the other is a complete basket (more specifically shoebox) case, totally disassembled (that's the way I got it). 

You'll need to remove that modern pickup plate and look inside. There are enough images of 42's on this site to get a decent idea of what's supposed to be there. Greenburg has a prewar parts book that's reasonably helpful, also there's a good detailed writeup of a 42 restoration on the TCA ETrain site.

I've found and bought some used motor parts at larger train shows. Chances of finding motor parts on-line are probably slim, but do your best to turn it into a runner and not a shelf-queen.

 

CJ Meyers

 

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I have two 42's inherited from my Grandfather. Neither one runs right now. One is reasonably complete , but has a bad gear in a motor and a short in the wire harness, the other is a complete basket (more specifically shoebox) case, totally disassembled (that's the way I got it). 

You'll need to remove that modern pickup plate and look inside. There are enough images of 42's on this site to get a decent idea of what's supposed to be there. Greenburg has a prewar parts book that's reasonably helpful, also there's a good detailed writeup of a 42 restoration on the TCA ETrain site.

I've found and bought some used motor parts at larger train shows. Chances of finding motor parts on-line are probably slim, but do your best to turn it into a runner and not a shelf-queen.

 

I see an article on restoring a 402 but nothing about 42.  Is that the one you meant ?

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