Operating Switch Tower Stuck!

I had obtained one of the Lionel operating switch towers many years ago (the exact number escapes me because SKU numbers make no sense) and it has run very well in the past, but recently I've been having some issues.  The two dudes running in and out of the tower get stuck, they will go down but not up.  I have pictures and videos illustrating the problem.  Anyone know a fix?

 

You can never have too many details on a layout!

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juniata guy posted:

I’d start by replacing the spring.

Accessories like this switch tower can require periodic tinkering to keep them operating properly.

Curt

Any ideas where I could find another?

You can never have too many details on a layout!

To Carl’s point; I use powdered graphite on this line and also in the stair guide. Just a smidge added to these two areas keeps the line and the stair guy’s guide moving freely.

I suppose a white molybdenum powder would work ok too.  Both are commonly found in hobby stores; particularly those that sell Cub Scout Pinewood Derby kits.

Curt

juniata guy posted:

To Carl’s point; I use powdered graphite on this line and also in the stair guide. Just a smidge added to these two areas keeps the line and the stair guy’s guide moving freely.

I suppose a white molybdenum powder would work ok too.  Both are commonly found in hobby stores; particularly those that sell Cub Scout Pinewood Derby kits.

Curt

I'll have to go out and get some from somewhere.  

You can never have too many details on a layout!

As has already been mentioned, an eyelet should be added to the hole through the wall. It reduces friction and stops the string from cutting a groove into the wall

Some original towers have a bad link between the armature and the arm. See the service manual for details.

A word of caution on graphite: it stains. I do not know of any way to completely remove the marks.

C.W. Burfle

I had misunderstood Hokie's earlier response; I thought he was offering to give you the spring.

The Lionel number for the tower is 6-2324.  The spring should be available from most Lionel parts dealers.  S&W, Train Tender and Chuck Sartor are three who come to mind.  Chuck is a regular here on the Forum.  The spring part number shown in the exploded diagram Moonman posted earlier should also work on the LTI model tower you have.

Another thing you might try before buying a new spring is to remove some of the bands from the existing spring - shorten it in other words.  If you choose to try this I will caution that "less is more".  You can always remove more bands from a spring if necessary but, you darned sure can't add them back.

The info noted by Hokie and CW concerning the eyelet where the draw string passes through the wall is new to me.  The graphite I've used over the years apparently has prevented any groove from forming.  I checked my tower last night and there is no groove in the hole.  I also long ago replaced the original line that came with the tower.  For the past 20 years or so, I've used fishing line as the draw string for the stair guy.

And I will concur with CW's caution about graphite staining.  You will have some staining inside the tower as well as in the stair guide.  Fortunately, the staining inside the tower is visible only with the roof off and that inside the stair guide is normally hidden from view.  In any event; this is why I say a smidge of the graphite.  If some minor graphite staining will be an issue; definitely go with the eyelet instead.

Curt

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