Help with Lionel 397 coal loading station please.

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Help with Lionel 397 coal loading station please.
Posted by stratmastersteve on Monday, March 12, 2018 10:39 AM

I was lucky enough to find a modern version of the 397 6-14004 and was in like new condition and operating great. That is until I discovered there was bits of coal jammed in the conveyor belt assembly and the belt would intermittently turn when power turned on. 

So that issue I did fix by taking the conveyor and shaft assembly apart and cleaned everything out. Now the conveyor belt turns freely and nice but another problem has developed. (I do not believe it is anything I did not put back together correct and assembled and disassembled carefully.)

When I hook the hot and ground wire up to the wire posts the motor will not start. The coal loader will only work if I have the ground wire attached to the metal base. It is as if the metal base is acting as the ground and by passing the actual wire posts. 

I have it wired to my MTH 14V Z1000 transformer power supply accessory voltage. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Steve 

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Posted by cuyama on Monday, March 12, 2018 10:53 AM

You’ll probably find more knowledgeable help on the Kalmbach forum devoted to Lionel and other O Gauge trains:

http://cs.trains.com/ctt/f/95.aspx

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Posted by stratmastersteve on Monday, March 12, 2018 11:10 AM

Thanks so much. 

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Posted by Steven Otte on Monday, March 12, 2018 1:40 PM

Thread moved.

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Posted by stratmastersteve on Monday, March 12, 2018 1:43 PM

Sorry about that I reposted in the other forum. Now that I know where to post could you delete the other post? 

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