Bad ground.  I usually snake a piece of enameled wire from the base up the tube and solder it to the base ground lug and a tab protruding from the bottom of the platform.

Jon G TCA 95-41020

Independent Lionel Service Tech

MTH Service Technician at MTH

Jon G posted:

Bad ground.  I usually snake a piece of enameled wire from the base up the tube and solder it to the base ground lug and a tab protruding from the bottom of the platform.

Unfortunately i do not know how to do that. 

First, check ALL wiring connections  from transformer to base of accessory and tighten any screws if necessary. Socket center contact may need adjustment with a small screwdriver. If all that checks out, you may need the additional ground wire as suggested above. Take it to your local shop for them to do the work. 

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Tinplate Art posted:

First, check ALL wiring connections  from transformer to base of accessory and tighten any screws if necessary. Socket center contact may need adjustment with a small screwdriver. If all that checks out, you may need the additional ground wire as suggested above. Take it to your local shop for them to do the work. 

I can move/spin the base the bulb sits in...is that normal?

Tinplate Art posted:

The lamp base should be secure to the frame for a good ground connection. See if you can tighten it, and that might solve your problem. Good luck!

How does it tighten?  I see a small nut underneath is that all it is? Thanks again everyone.

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