Re: [z_scale] burning up locomotives?
- My first thought is what kind of transformer are you using. You mentioned
using the US Märklin transformer which is great. This is not your problem.
All the locomotives you mentioned are older locs. The problem may be
associated with bad oil. Märklin had a problem with the oil it used in older
locos. It would turn to glue after a few years. The motors would really heat
up trying to move near frozen gears. Burnouts could happen. The 8853 which
has working lights, but is not moving has the symptoms of bad oil.
The fix is easy. Buy electrical contact cleaner (the kind in a spray can).
Make sure the stuff is plastic friendly and contains no lubricants. Take the
shell off the loco and remove the trucks (if applicable). Also, remove the
brushes. Once all done, spray out the locomotive and the trucks with the
cleaner. I do this over a paper towel. You will see black goo come out. One
the spray turn clear, you can stop. Let the loco dry. Replace the brushes,
and trucks. Oil (using the newer clear Märklin oil or Labelle 108) very
lightly. Try it out. I learned this technique from Ken Breznk at Märklin Inc.
This is how he services all Z locos.
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