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Lionel 6-18406 (69 remake)

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Posted by El Fixes Things on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 10:06 PM

Thanks Wayne! It's good to be back, and I really do need to make more videos. It's the editing that really slows me down! Takes a while..
I need to see if I can find my "real" tutorial, I have this memory I shot a video wayy back, from around when I got my 6-18406, servicing both it (for the first time) and an original 50. I own something like 2-3 No. 50 gang cars... only one is in service. And funny enough, it's the very first one I ever came to own.
Eventually the others will run, they just need new top bearings iirc. Though I misplaced a few parts for some of 'em.... 

If I upload anything else in the near future, I'll be sure to share it here. Also, pleased to see my posts are no longer being held for review, looks like I'm official at last!

-Ellie

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 9:28 PM

Great tutorial Ellie!  Glad you're back "on the air!"

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Lionel 6-18406 (69 remake)
Posted by El Fixes Things on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 8:14 PM

In response to KRM's mention of his 6-18406 Maintenance Car running poorly, I thought I'd try to make a short video of mine, and what I did to it. All one take, off the cuff, complete with poor lighting and shaky camera work!

For what it's worth, it seems like Lionel had some issues with gang cars grounding through the bumper slider during the postwar era, because there's a note about it in the service manual:


This does seem to suggest that the re-designed grounding spring did improve the grounding of the car. However, the blacked frames definitely do conduct electricity to some degree, whereas the painted frame of the 6-18406 definitely insulates the bumper slider.
Between the basic mantenance, extracting all the old lube and replacing it with new, and scraping the paint off of the points where the bumper slider contacts it, I ended up with an extremely reliable runner, that runs just as nicely as a good postwar piece.

Hope this is helpful to anybody with a 6-18406 of their own!
-Ellie

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