Check out the Lionel service manual diagram at
In addition to the spring (assuming you're referring to the one under the
bulb) there should be an insulating fiber washer with a rivet in the center
to which the power lead to the center contact on the bulb base is attached.
OOPs!! Wrong link. All Olsen's has for the 6520 is the parts list at
but the same washer / spring / wire arrangement is used inside the
searchlight case on the 6520.
Sorry for the mix up. Geezer
Thanks guys- I think everything is present on mine except the bulb-
the washers etc appear to be in the base, and the spring I was
referring to seems to sit in the "head" section to help hold the bulb
in place. I'll try to hit the hobby shop on the way home and grab one
of the bulbs to test it with. Thanks!
If your hobby shop doesn't have them, you can order direct from
Lionel's web page.
Lionel's current part number is: 600-0363-300
They show it as, "bulb, 14V, clear", in the parts listing, but
the markings on the bulb itself show it's a #363 bulb.
I told the guy at the hobby shop what I needed, and he gave me a 12v
clear- I tried it when I got home, and it doesn't light, but the car
has been in storage for so long I don't know if it's the bulb or the
car. I cleaned the roller on the bottom of the car and nothing
Is the bulb just supposed to sit in its socket? Or is it a setup
where you're supposed to put it in and twist it? I put it in the
socket and it seems a little small, and I couldn't twist it but don't
know if it's supposed to turn or not. And of course I told the guy
the part # was 363 and he looked at me like I was an alien. I hate
the local shop.
On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:52:01 -0800 (PST), vintagegamer
You push the bulb down to pretty much completely compress the
spring, then turn it (clockwise, IIRC) so the pins go into slots in
the socket. Slight up or down adjustments may be needed to
find the slots.
So I went to the Greenberg show today, found the 363 bulb, brought it
home, put it in the car, still can't get it to turn in place for
whatever reason. I also noticed that ht the wire on the bottom that
goes to the roller is broken off. I think I'll focus on getting the
engine back up and running and leave this project for next
Christmas!! Thanks to all for the help.
One other minor point...the tips of the bayonet bulbs Lionel used
in the 50's & early 60's were slightly shorther than the modern
versions of the same bulbs. It sometimes helps to use an emery
board or fine flat file to take a bit of metal off the silver
colored tip of the modern bulbs. In a few cases of I've had to
take the tip down almost half it's thickness to get the bulb to
Also, the 6520 search light car is a bit different than the other
search light cars Lionel has done over the years. It has an
armature under the car that can be pulled down using the
uncoupling magnet of a remote control uncoupling track. This
activates a switch that turns the light on or off each time the
armature is activated.
The wiring on these cars is fairly straight forward to fix if you
have a 30 or 35 watt soldering iron and some rosin core solder.
Thanks for the info, Len- this car definitely has the armature under
the generator. I really need to learn how to solder. The sad part is
I can MIG weld, but never quite got down the soldering skill!
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