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Offline husafreak  
#1 Posted : 08 October 2021 21:43:46(UTC)
husafreak

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Location: California, Bay Area
I am running my “previously owned” version of this train set for the first time today. My example runs smoothly in both directions but is very power hungry and doesn’t want to run slowly, this is on a 210R oval. Maybe normal behavior for it to slow around the curves and speed up again on the straights. It looks like it needs big curves. The motor car is only slightly warm. Also the motor car (restaurant car) does not have interior lighting but it looks like it should if I read the product description properly? I can’t find an exploded view. Before I pry it open I thought I would ask…
Offline husafreak  
#2 Posted : 08 October 2021 22:56:22(UTC)
husafreak

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Location: California, Bay Area
OK, I found a video on you tube showing the train in very slow operation, but not a good enough video to determine the lighting of the cars. Also by then, after half an hour or so, the train was not wanting to run anymore. So I opened it up and found the driest mechanism I have ever seen, bone dry! I oiled the gearing lightly as per the manual with Labelle 108 oil. I checked the motor brushes and they were not worn very much at all, still approximately 2mm of brush, plenty of life left. I also noted that there is no lighting in the car and never could be, despite Marklin's description. I saw how track power comes to the motor from the other cars, really clever. I cleaned all the wheels and coupler contacts. The motor car wheels were a little dirty, especially in the corners (or whatever you call the part that holds the rail), which may have hurt the electrical contact on the curves. Now the train is running nicely, it can sustain at slower speeds and doesn't seem so power hungry, it maintains its speed around the track. It is amazing what a few drops of oil can do! This is a really cool train, it looks great on the track and finally I have a train that looks good going really fast!
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