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I recently acquired a Weaver Built Milwaukee Road Brass F6 Baltic Locomotive. I got it for an absolute steal of a deal and I’m now beginning to see why. When I revived the locomotive, the pilot was broken from the mount, which had also been bent. A few others minor things needed fixing along with a good cleaning of the shell and wheels. Only two problems remain with the locomotive, the broken pilot, and the rear truck seems to have a major squeaking issue. It seems to be because the wheels in the truck slide side to side within the truck, running on either side, causing the squeaking at higher speeds and a dragging noise at low speeds. The pilot was held on by two soldered pins to the pilot mount. So my question is, what’s the best way to prevent the wheels in the truck from rubbing and stop the side to side motion. And what’s the best way to solder or reattach the brass pilot. I’d assume silver soldering is out of the question due to the heat required (could cause paint damage?) but I don’t have much experience with this.




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Regardless if you use solder or epoxy you should remove the paint from the mating surfaces. Paint won't hold the epoxy very well. Someone with a resistance solderer could reattached the pilot with minimal paint loss but if you don't have access to one of these JB Weld will work. The original formula has twice the strength of the JB Kwik. Just let is sit undisturbed for 24 hours.



Got The pilot sorted out rather quickly! and the results were fantastic! Thanks Paul. But, after getting the locomotive back together has revealed a few new problems.

First, a new click/grinding noise has appeared when running the locomotive slowly; I've included a video of this. my hunch is it has something to do with the main drive gear. I've lubricated it but this hasn't had any effect. Suggestions? This is also accompanied by a click every time the running gear reached the top of the driver at high speeds.

Second, The locomotive has started Ghosting. It'll begin moving on its own when I power up the layout without any command from my Legacy Remote. I have NO idea ho to fix this. So any appreciation would be appreciated.

This locomotive is also very jumpy in low speeds. Particularly in revers, It seems to draw most of the power on the layout, dimming the headlights on all my other active locomotives and sometimes killing track power.

All these poor quality's may seem condemning, but here's a vid of the smoke unit working hard to show just how fantastic this locomotive is!!

Side Note: The Squeaking in the rear truck hasn't been fixed, still working on a solution. Thinking of adding rubber O rings around the axels to keep the wheels away from the frame.


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First, make sure the wheels and rollers are clean.

The clicking, jumpiness and high current draw all point to a mechanical problem in the drive train.   I would first inspect all drivers and rods for bent components and then take off the boiler to check for binding on the motor, flywheel and drive train.  Turn the motor by hand to feel any resistance.  After that, try powering the loco upside down in a cradle directly from a transformer (conventional)  to look for problems.   Continuing to run it while it draws excessive current risks burning out traces or board components.  I bought mine used with a dead board that had burned out components and traces.  Because of this problem, Weaver issued revised instructions for modifying the board connections to bypass some of the small traces.   


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