Lionel Post-War Steamer #1130

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Lionel Post-War Steamer #1130
Posted by Midwest Northern R.R on Thursday, June 06, 2019 10:09 AM

Hi Y'all,

I have a Post-war lionel scout type engine that doesn't work. Does anyone know how to fix this? I've found that the contacts are disabled, but the armeture and magnets work.

Mine is a rare type, with a cast-iron shell from the leftover supply.

Thanks In advance!

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Posted by teledoc on Friday, June 07, 2019 10:09 AM

The obvious question, is whether you know how to do your own repairs.  The 1130 is the same as the 2034 loco, which is where your Die Cast body came from, (left over castings).  Have you taken the body off, to examine the internal wiring, (missing insulation, broken wires, etc.).  What condition is the E unit in?  There are a multitude of reasons that your loco won’t run, but you need to provide more info.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, June 08, 2019 12:41 AM

Hello !

and welcome !!

There is something somewhat noble about returning the old engines to service. I don't know the specifics of your engine, but many of the Postwar engines are very similar, here are some generic tips :

1. Remove the boiler shell

2. Clean the commutator and brushes. You will need to remove the 2 screws holding the brush plate, and clean the 3 segment circular commutator. You can use a pencil eraser to not scratch the surface, and follow this with a Q-tip and Alcohol. Clean the brushes with alcohol and a towel. Use a Q-tip and alcohol to clean the tubes, or slots where the brushes go.

3. Re assemble everything, and lube all the pivot and moving points.

4. Test, if it works, you're done.

5. If it doesn't, you will need to isolate the motor from the E-unit, to make sure the motor works. You will want the brushes and field coil in series, not connected to the E- unit.

6. If the motor works, this means the problem is in the E-unit.

7. If the E-unit is the problem, check for bent fingers, tarnished or damaged drum. Check that all wiring is properly connected.

8. This is a rough and generic outline, but these old trains are all very similar, and should get you started.

Good luck, let us know !

Paul

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Posted by rrswede on Saturday, June 08, 2019 10:57 AM

Great summary of the basics, Paul.

swede

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Posted by Midwest Northern R.R on Sunday, June 09, 2019 8:39 AM

teledoc

The obvious question, is whether you know how to do your own repairs.  The 1130 is the same as the 2034 loco, which is where your Die Cast body came from, (left over castings).  Have you taken the body off, to examine the internal wiring, (missing insulation, broken wires, etc.).  What condition is the E unit in?  There are a multitude of reasons that your loco won’t run, but you need to provide more info.

 

Hi teledoc,

I have taken the shell off, and the problem is in the contacts. The motor will spin when hotwired, but when placed on powered tracks, nothing happens.

I've cleaned the contacts, and checked the E-unit. Nothing seems to be wrong, but it simply does not move.

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Posted by teledoc on Sunday, June 09, 2019 9:31 AM

You mention that you cleaned the contacts, which I presume you mean the rollers on the bottom plate.  I am not sure how you “hot wired” it to get it to run, but if it ran, by bypassing the E unit, it would indicate your problem lies in the E unit, or how it is wired.  If you have a multimeter, to check resistance, I would check for continuity from the pick up roller, to the power lead going to the E unit, to see if that is good.  It sounds to me, that your E unit needs a rebuild, or replacement.  Read steps 5, 6, & 7, from Postwar Paul, as that is the process of steps to isolate the problem.

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Posted by Midwest Northern R.R on Sunday, June 09, 2019 6:42 PM

I attached a 9 volt controller to the brushes, and the armeture buzzed. The contacts are probably cleaner then they were when it came out of it's chest. I would think it's probably in the E-unit, and it appears not to be damaged in some way, which probably means replacement.

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Posted by TrainLarry on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:36 AM

Here is a link to the wiring of locomotives. To test your motor, remove the wires from the 'E'-unit and wire up your transformer to the motor according to the middle-left diagram "Wiring Diagram of Locomotives With no Reversing Mechanism". The motor should run. If it does, wire up the 'E'-unit per this diagram. The motor should run and reverse when the power is cycled. If not, the 'E'-unit may need servicing.

 

Larry

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Posted by Midwest Northern R.R on Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:19 AM

Thank you much, TrainLarry.


I downloaded those sheets to be printed later, for future reference.

This disscussion helped alot, Thanks All! :)

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Posted by TrainLarry on Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:30 PM

You're welcome. Please keep us posted on your progress.

 

Larry

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