I doubt you will find a replacement motor as these have not been reproduced
to my knowledge. The original motors were only used in the #38 pumping
water tower, the OO gauge Hudsons, and the #182, all of which are less
common and have 3-figure values so they don't tend to be junked for parts.
And based on the last couple of York shows, the original parts guys'
inventories seem to be drying up - must be fewer junkers out there at prices
where converting them to parts is still attractive.
Which winding is broken? It is tricky to rewind armatures (and particularly
this one as it is smaller than the usual Lionel motor), but it is not too
hard to rewind the field. I have done a couple. Be patient and work
slowly. You may be able to save and reuse the original magnet wire. I did
by working out of a 2nd floor window and letting the loose end dangle to
avoid kinks and knots. I have had good luck with making and carefully
insulating splices in the field winding to avoid rewinding the whole thing.
Do try to keep track of the overall length of the field wire, particularly
if unwinding doesn't work and you end up cutting out the old winding, as you
want to rewind as close as possible to the original length to duplicate the
Lionel motor performance. Measuring the DC resistance is not accurate
If you don't want to try it yourself, there are folks who specialize in
Lionel motor repair. "Choo-Choo Charlie" is famous for this work, but I
don't know if he is still active (I don't see his ad in the latest TCA
newsletter). There is an ad for "The Motor Doctor" who rewinds motors -
he's at www.themotordoctor.com or (651) 492-5650. Good luck, Gary Q
If the wire is broken at point of contact you may be able to salvage it
by carefully scraping the clear insulation (assuming it's magnet wire)
off the wire's end and soldering it back to the terminal. If it's too
short, try to carefully unwind it one turn and then solder. Can't stress
carefully enough as magnet wire is delicate.
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