Lionel locomotive problem

Greetings, all. I just got an old Lionel 2-6-4 Prairie. It ran
terrifically for a couple of weeks, but then began getting slower and
slower, until finally it will hardly move at all--as if it's gotten old
and weak. I haven't been unable to find anything wrong with it, though
I haven't disassembled the motor (hoping that it wouldn't come to
that). The track, wheels and rollers are all clean. Any suggestions?
Thanks.
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tomj
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Lubrication needed. LaBelle 101 or 102 needle oiler. I've actually used Mobil 1 for 10+ years now in the LaBelle oilers.
Just a drop - enough to wet each axle bushing, gear axles too, and especially each end of the armature and your spur-gear Lionel should chug along like new.
In extreme cases, it may need new motor brushes, but this is usually after a lifetime or two with these small steamers.
Rob
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trainfan1
I don't know Lionel, but a Prairie type is a Whyte system 2-6-2; there were some 2-6-4T used in "suburban service" according to this site:
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If it doesn't have a separate tender, perhaps that's what it is. But then Lionel was geatly never constrained by considerations of prototypicality.
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Steve Caple
...carbon buildup in the slits between the commutator bars will cause motor to run hot with gradual slow-down. Clean slits out with X-acto knife, pin or tooth pick
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Whodunnit
Sounds like the company's low regard for the prototype world has been eagerly adopted by the collectors. L@@K! RARE!
LOL!!!
Baffling, absolutely mind-boggling. But perfect for this day of wretched excess. Remember, Not One Damn Dime!!
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Steve Caple
Thank you very much! I will try this.
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tomj
Yeah, "Prairie" is Lionel-lingo. Lionel authenticity were never like what scale modelers strive for. I have HO, N and G as well for more serious prototypicality. The Lionel set is just for enjoyment.
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tomj
Geezer replied: *** the later 2036, 2016, 2018, 2029, and 2037 loco's, all of which shared the same basic boiler casting and mechanism. The later engines all used a cheaper sheet metal inside-bearing 4 wheel trailing truck, makeing the locos into 2-6-4's. Lionel fans compensate for this error by calling the 675, 2025, 2035 series of locos the "K-4 Pacifics", even though these locos also were originally 2-6-2's and became 2-6-4's in later production. Gary Q -------------------------------------------------- And yet, the "real" K-4 Pacifics were 4-6-2's. I always liked the old Lionel crossing gate and railroad crossing flasher that were way oversided. I once thought of getting an HO scale one and using it on my N scale layout to create the same effect.
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