385E Engine "Chugger"

Can anyone describe the circuit and operation of the "Chugger" on a 385E engine and how to trouble-shoot an inoperative one? Thanks, from Rick

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The chugger was one of the very first attempts at on-board steam loco sound. The "chugger" is a coil which shakes a couple loose washers when energized (poor description) that sound just a very little like a steam loco's exhaust "chuff". I recently restored a 1936 #385 for a friend and the circuit in his was that a lead from the "hot" terminal on the top of the motor assembly (where the head light lead is also connected) went to the chugger on-off switch on the boiler backhead. The switched power from this switch then went to one end of the chugger coil. The other end of the chugger coil went to the insulated contact finger on the cam assembly on the forward driver axle. Thus when the backhead switch is "on", the chugger coil is grounded (and thus briefly energized) each time the driver axle cam passes the contact finger, making a speed dependent "chuff" noise. Hope this helps. Geezer

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