Hogwarts loco, passenger cars

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Hogwarts loco, passenger cars
Posted by bossman on Saturday, January 06, 2018 4:08 PM

Hello, I recently aquired a brand new Hogwarts set. The loco produces very little smoke. I followed instructions, four drops of fluid. Put a load behind of it too. Is this fixable. And another thing. Instructions for replcing lights in the passeenger cars are vague at best. I think I would need three or four hands to remove the car top if I could figure out which windows to press. Help. Thanks. bossman

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:27 PM

I don't own a Hogwarts set, but the smoke subject's come up before.  The consensus is the Hogwarts engine is an anemic smoker, on a scale of one to ten it's usually three.  I've got a Lionel Strasburg 0-8-0 that's the same way, it smokes a bit better with a heavier load on it, say six or more cars.  Nothing I can do about it, it's the nature of the beast.

Lamp replacement on the cars?  That I don't know about, maybe someone else can tell you. 

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Posted by sir james I on Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:42 PM

Four drops is not enough. I put half a dropper in.

If you look really close to the doorways you will see the dimples that you need to press for removing the roof. Mine is of the first issue and it smokes just fine.

pressing with a pop sickle stick helps save the fingers

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Posted by Michael6268 on Sunday, January 07, 2018 5:50 AM

Try 8 drops...

Roofs are a pain.  Best way is to squeeze the 4 windows in and actually twist the car a little with both hands like your ringing out a towel..  

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Posted by bossman on Sunday, January 07, 2018 4:03 PM

Thanks for the info. Maybe I'll try more car ans more smoke fluid.

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Posted by bossman on Sunday, January 07, 2018 4:05 PM

Thanks for the info. I will try all your suggestions.

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Posted by bossman on Sunday, January 07, 2018 4:10 PM

I know pain. I will try popsicle sticks and the twist. Thanks for the help.

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Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Friday, January 12, 2018 2:19 PM

One other thing. My set came with 0-36 fastrack but that was too tight for my engine and the pilot wheels ground into the cylinders. I had it looked at by a Lionel repair guy but he said it was adjusted properly. So, I bought 0-48 fastrack and run it on that.


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