As my son has run engines using a cw80 transformer in the past with few issues, I took a chance on a used diesel switcher I found pretty cheap. It is an 8569, manual reverse I think 70s era.
I visit antique shops when I have a few minutes between appointments and picked it up with an inexpensive Penn Central gondola car.
So I had the sense to think I was buying a working engine, I had a section of fastback and the wall plug power that came with my lion chief Thomas. Powered the track with the Loco on it, it zipped right off. Changed direction with the switch, it worked in reverse, yay, a working loco.
Bought it, take home, place on a loop powered by a proper transformer and trouble. Motor hums and seems like it is about to tun, then silence. Switch directions with the manual switch, same thing.
I am obviously frustrated with myself for thinking I was smart and could get some play in with my kiddo. Was hoping I could make this a project Loco as it has lots of space so I thought I could add a driver and aftermarket sounds. First though, just need it to run.
Wheels and roller are clean, and it does move on a section of fastrack plucked into a lion chief wall plug, just not a proper transformer.