Hello, my name is Josh Ferguson, I live in Temecula, CA. My dad, who lives in San Diego, just gave me his entire American Flyer set he amassed as a kid in the mid 50's, including a lot of track and 16 Plasticville buildings, some with original boxes.
Included was the Comet 466 diesel engine, along with the 3 cars, 960, 962, and 963. The track, and there is a lot of it, has some rust. I have been using Bar Keepers Friend to remove the rust. The 18B transformer is in good working order. After setting up a circular track and oiling the engine with 3 in 1 oil per the directions, the engine will not move. The headlight turns on and the engine itself makes a humming noise, but will not budge.
My question is, are there any reputable repair people here in Southern California? If so please let me know how to get in touch with them.
My other question is, who are recommended when it comes to track layout, design built A-Z who can make my new dream come true to surprise my dad and son who is 6 years old, a functioning layout we can all enjoy? To have 3 generations play with something like this, would truely make me happy.
Thank you all very much, the knowledge on here is incredible, and I look forward to this new adventure.