I need help with two accessories. One is the Flyonel Seaboard Coal Loader, the other is MTH Gabe the Lamplighter. The coal loader’s motor runs, but it does not turn the gears inside the building. Clamshell will open and close but without the gears turning, it doesn’t move.
Gabe goes up the ladder okay and the lights light, but Gabe won’t go back down the ladder. I looked inside the building and what I interpret as a magnetic coil that I think should lift the release when energized, doesn’t happen. I’ve check all kinds of continuity but can’t get a reading on the coil. The bare wires of the coil might be coated, but they are so fine I would be afraid to try to scrape off the finish.
Both accessories worked well when last I used them, but that was probably more than 20 years ago. Gabe has been sitting in his box while the coal loader has been sitting out… like covered with dust.
I would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.