Posted by ivesboy
on Monday, January 17, 2011 11:47 PM
The pendulum unit is very finicky. They almost never work correctly. It really was an inferior design to the 3 position units Ives and FLyer had at the time. Thats why Lionel replaced it with a modified Ives design in 33. The brass lever locks out the e unit.
As far as working on it, its a matter of taking it out and cleaning it. There is no right or wrong way to do this. It is not for the faint of heart. There is a small nickel sprung contact on the rear of the unit. It must be in absolute perfect alignment to work properly. I would start there. I hate the darn things....I have worked on so many i dont even bother with them anymore.
If you are looking for a rare train, ask i might surprise you with an asking price!!!
A guy asked if i liked fast track, and i replied i used t-rail. He said eww that old stuff you bolt together???? Ignorance must be bliss!