MTH Lionel train will not run

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MTH Lionel train will not run
Posted by daveva on Saturday, December 01, 2018 3:42 PM

Last christmas I bought an MTH Lionel work train with a Z1000 transformer controller. I bought this tinplate set to go around the christmas tree. It worked fine last year I put it away set it up again this year but I cant get the engine to move. It Is a proto sound 2 No 263 steam engine. I took the controller to a train shop on the advice of mth to see if it was defective.It was not .The train whistle or bell will not work or the direction button. What does work is the lights on the caboose the search lights and the light on the front engine. When the engine is powered up there is soud of the workers doing activities on the track. If anybody can give me any advice I would appreciate it.

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Posted by sir james I on Saturday, December 01, 2018 5:49 PM

It probably has a dead battery. You could try leaving it powered on the track for an hour or longer and see if it powers up. Check the owners manual.

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Posted by daveva on Saturday, December 01, 2018 6:09 PM

I left the train on the track for about 2 1/2 still no luck. OK here's a dumb question is there a battery in the engine or just the tender? 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, December 01, 2018 6:45 PM

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 01, 2018 6:55 PM

Sir James has probably nailed it, the same thing happened to my MTH engines if they hadn't been run in a while.

Let me suggest replacing the battery with a BCR, or Battery Component Replacement available from J and W Electronics.  One minute of track power is all it takes to charge it and the engine comes to life.  I put one in all my MTH engines and it works great!

www.jandwelectronics.com  or your local hobby shop can order one for you.  Mine cost $25 each and were worth the money.  No more battery worries.

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Posted by daveva on Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:03 PM

OK thank you all for the help

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