Troubleshooting a 455 Oil Rig

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Troubleshooting a 455 Oil Rig
Posted by FullerJ on Monday, March 05, 2018 5:38 PM

I have a 455 Lionel Oil Rig from my brother-in-law to try and get working again.  Basically all it did was smoke, which isn't a feature.  I isolated each of the components.  I checked the light and it works fine.  I checked the solenoid and it works as well.  That leaves the thermostat strip.  Any ideas on how to troubleshoot that?  I'm at a loss on how to best test and determine if it is functioning or not.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

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Posted by TrainLarry on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 9:17 AM

The thermostat strip is a bi-metallic heat sensitive switch. When current passes through it in the normally closed state, it heats up and the contacts open. When it cools in a few moments, the contacts close again.



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Posted by sir james I on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 12:35 PM

Unless it's important to you to keep it original order a circuit board from one of the newer issues. It works at an even pace and have been quite reliable.

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