The fan for the smoke unit on my NYC Hudson J3 (Lionel #1931450) has started to make a loud squealing sound. Sometimes the smoke unit won't operate at all. My LHS took the unit in for repair and unfortunately was not able to replace the fan/smoke unit. They were not able to source the part due to Lionel's cut back on parts inventories. I don't know if that is true or not, but the best they could do was to oil the fan's bearings and charge me for their time. Within 5 minutes of having the steamer on the tracks at home, the problems started all over again.
Can you all give me a solid source for getting this locomotive repaired? I have a hard time believing that a new fan/smoke unit assembly isn't available for a locomotive that is only a few years old.
Thanks for your help