Just bought the Lionel 4-4-0 General 6-8701, and it appears in great condition and barely used. So it runs very well (fast) in reverse, but slowly by comparison in forward. How much "play" should there be in the armature, if any?
I think this is the motor:
I gather from searching the net that it's a thrust washer issue, but would that be the case here with this motor with the placement of the c-clips?
Any ideas welcome!