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Hello everyone, this is my first post on the forum
Have just started getting into model trains and have recently acquired a box of old locos from an auction house.
Have managed to get a couple back up and running well but am struggling with an Evening Star
I have taken apart stripped and cleaned the Ringfield motor in the tender which is now running really well and also freed up the wheels on the loco which now run freely, but I can't get it to run along the track.
How does the current get to the motor in the tender, it seems like I am missing something obvious.
There is one wire going to the motor but it seems like it needs another on somewhere.
Any advice on this greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for that, I have had a good look at the wheels and the service sheets and have worked out there is a single plastic bush missing from one set of wheels, so I imagine as these are insulators to the side which doesn't take up the current, it would be enough to short out the loco body
I am going to order some of these and see if it makes a difference. I also think the wheels and axles need a bit more of a clean.
I will post back on here when I have done all this
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I have replaced the bush and given the wheels on the loco a thorough clean. I am now getting current through to the tender, so this side sorted
The problem I have now is that I have no continuity on the side of the tender which is supposed to pick up current. The obvious culprit seems to be the wheels, so would like to take them apart and give a good clean. The only problem is I don't know how to get the wretched things off.
Can anyone give me some advice on this as I don't want to start prying them and end up snapping something
Any advice gratefully received
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Tested the continuity between track and chassis on the tender and was good. There was no continuity between the chassis and brush as you said, but nothing missing as I found the relevant service sheet.
I then noticed that the little tab coming off of one of the brushes was bent forward to so bent it back and hey presto the model is now running back and forwards, so thanks very much for all your help.
Just one other thing I have lubricated all the joints on the gears at the side of the loco, but still a bit slow, so where the brass bearings connect to the chassis on the axles, are these meant to run dry i.e can they be lubricated or will the lubricant block the current flow to the chassis of the loco?
 
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