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Slow Moving Engine

Frank models O scale and posted this question for readers:

“I have a Lionel 2056 engine, when it first starts it barely moves then as it goes it picks up and runs normally. Thoughts?”

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4 Responses to Slow Moving Engine

  • Robert M says:

    Very light oil or graphite electric points, or clean the wheels and track.
    any one might be the problem.

  • Robert says:

    Could be dirty commutator. It will go slow until any oil or gunk is burned off. Give the segments a clean and wipe in the gaps between the segments with a toothpick. I had that problem with an Athearn SD40.

  • Ralph F. says:

    I would check the power to the engine with jumper wires. If it doesn’t run normal, it may be the power from the track to the engine at fought? Ensure that your rollers are making good contact with the track.

  • Joe says:

    Could be grease has dried out over time. Runs slow at start up until grease gets warm up in gear boxes. Replace with new grease. That was what my problem was and solved it. Maybe yours too. Hopefully this was helpful!

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