Electromagnet for Lionel Remote Control Track

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Electromagnet for Lionel Remote Control Track
Posted by wmfanvt on Sunday, December 30, 2018 4:17 PM

Does anyone have specifications or sketches for winding a replacement electromagnet for a 1950's vintage of the Lionel 6-65530 remote control track? I have the track section with the base and all, but the electromagnet is long gone. Sounds from other posts that the new magnets are not as robust as the vintage ones.

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Posted by ADCX Rob on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 2:55 PM

They are 5-7 ohms nominally. You can measure the wire size w/ a micrometer, if you still have the core you can come pretty close to winding it to the same diameter, or with a little math & the wire size(gauge) figure the length.


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Posted by wrmcclellan on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 5:50 PM

Postwar era uncoupling tracks are quite inexpensive on the Bay of E. I have rewound a prewar semphore solenoid and it can be a challenge without some fixturing. So if it is just a project you wish to do, then have fun. You cannot really make a mistake and you can always unwind and start over. Otherwise you can find one in great shape easily for under $20+ shipping.

BTW - you gave a modern era part number - was that just to identify the style you have?




And a local toy trains hobby shop (if you have one) typically sells the used postwar versions for about $20 or less.

Regards, Roy


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Posted by wmfanvt on Thursday, January 03, 2019 9:08 AM

Thanks for the resistance information. The original electromagnet winding is long gone. When I tried to tease out a small remnant that was on the bottom half of the broken spool, it ended badly - launched somewhere in my workspace. My guess is that it was about 30AWG.

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Posted by wmfanvt on Thursday, January 03, 2019 9:16 AM

Actually, on closer inspection, it is a UCS-6 track section. The number in my original posting was the modern era part number. The Train Tender had a track section that I bought, but I still plan to fix the one I have. Perhaps this will become an experiential exercise in my Electrical Energy Conversion course this semester. Thanks for the help.

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