Prewar 259e Roller Pickup replacement

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Prewar 259e Roller Pickup replacement
Posted by Roo97ss on Saturday, February 02, 2019 3:42 PM

We got a great cosmetic shape 259 from my wifes grandfather.  Needed a good clean up and oiling and got it running but the pickups are very worn and it's a fireworks show underneath it when it runs. 

Also as it goes through turns the sparks get worse and power falls off.

Im pretty sure it's the pickup that needs replacing.

The rollers are grooved and the pin hole is elongated about twice the size of pin.

I assume I need roller, pin and the spring piece or at least carrier for it.  That looks to be riveted in place.

Or is it worth replacing the whole thing...which looks like another job as I see the 2 sides are pressed together around the motor and wheels.

Wondering what direct replacement or compatible units I should be looking for and if there is a diy for it. 

Thanks in advance

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Posted by ADCX Rob on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:30 PM

Use this part.


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Posted by rrswede on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:43 PM


Part number for complete assembly is SLS-48. The part number for the rollers, only, is SLS-254-3

See for one parts supplier that carries what you need. Jeff Kane, the owner, can offer advice regarding replacement of the rollers as well as replacement of the entire assembly.


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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, February 02, 2019 6:48 PM

Welcome aboard!

Big Smile  I'm Cuckoo For Choo Choo Stuffs!  Big Smile

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Posted by Roo97ss on Monday, February 04, 2019 7:33 AM
Thanks for the help. Just couldn't locate the right part myself. Will update when I get it all back together. Joe

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