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I found the problem. That piece pulled off the bottom of the coal load. A new coal load is $12.50 from Lionel. I will try to order it. I will let you know how it turns out. Piece of what looks like a monofilament line winds around that shaft behind the large gear and pulls down against those two springs.  It’s worth a try for a few dollars and time .4050A089-FEC6-4839-A802-95AB77863125DCAB0EFD-BBD7-48D4-BE62-73D91BCEB17CD0B482F6-A92D-41E2-9A02-CF0989C7CBE0

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And he charged you each and every time he replaced a RCMC board?  It's people like that Lionel needs to weed out!

He didn't say it was a Lionel-authorized or even trained tech who did the work, though. The only thing the poster said with regard to the RCMC boards was that it was repaired by "someone else." If it was someone at an authorized Service Station (and it may have been), then that should be made known to Lionel.

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You know, Alex probably doesn’t need the entire engine, I think he has a VL Big Boy that he could connect with if necessary. Just a thought. Also, I have nothing against USPS, I just recently received a K-Line Hudson, shipped by USPS Ground, not Priority, and it cost $44, and took almost 2-1/2 weeks to receive. I had issues with the tracking system. It did arrive, in great shape. I just feel UPS has a better tracking system. They all throw packages like footballs, this is why I say place a fragile sticker on the package.  Alex M is a great repair man and has at one time shown the VL Big Boy inside and out. Good luck, Happy Railroading 

 

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Good to hear you found the problem Randy. Looking forward to your updated post once you get it  resolved.

And WOW! Look at all the gears in there just to make the coal load go down.  It looks like an automotive transmission LOL!

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Yes they are all metal gears and very well made but the molded rubber hole is the weak link. I don’t know how else they could have made it better. Thanks. I will give it a try. 

mth locomotives are for the most part easy to work on. lionel is another story. I just fixed my lionel legacy mikado smoke unit and what a piece of junk that smoke unit design was. trouble with being a tech it seams is every time you get a new engine to repair they have changed the electronics package. legacy, lionchief, lc+, lc2.0 and so on. since mike gave those classes I bet the electronic pakages have changed a lot. especially now that blue tooth is invoved. 

so just like cars now a days its becoming a more and more specialized job. not to mention some things are just poorly engineered by especially lionel which makes working on them even more frustrating at times. I am sure that working for say lionel as a hourly tech does not pay what its worth either. hope you get your coal load working again. I am sure you will.

mth locomotives are for the most part easy to work on. lionel is another story. I just fixed my lionel legacy mikado smoke unit and what a piece of junk that smoke unit design was. trouble with being a tech it seams is every time you get a new engine to repair they have changed the electronics package. legacy, lionchief, lc+, lc2.0 and so on. since mike gave those classes I bet the electronic pakages have changed a lot. especially now that blue tooth is invoved. 

so just like cars now a days its becoming a more and more specialized job. not to mention some things are just poorly engineered by especially lionel which makes working on them even more frustrating at times. I am sure that working for say lionel as a hourly tech does not pay what its worth either. hope you get your coal load working again. I am sure you will.

I have three MTH locomotives that are DOA!

Looks like every high tech toy that is made today, regardless if Made in the USofA, or over there, over there, they all come with built in factory defects.  Having recently passed Milepost 74 in July, I wish upon a star, that I still had my Marx wind-up NYC freight and UP Streamliner.  They ran and ran and ran and if I still had them today they'd still run and run and run......

Of course, I wish upon that same star it was 1951, and I had just celebrated my fifth birthday knowing what I now know! 

 

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