Model Railroads/Lionel MKT 600

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I got this engine and it was really in tough shape. I have it cleaned up pretty well. The problem is it won,t move. The directional part of it works and there is power to the brushes. I cleaned the armeture up with a pencil eraser and it looks good. I chevked windings the best I could with ohms meter which shows 0001 and I think this is where it should be. The armeture I,am not sure how to check.Any information will be helpful.

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Depending on how long this engine has been sitting around. Chances are the oil and grease has turned to sludge.
Cleaning the armature with a eraser tip is sort of okay. Make sure there's no fibers from the eraser on the on that
area of the armature. If you're getting power from the reverse lock mechanism and no movement. Chances something
is wrong with the drive line on the locomotive. Using straight 5 weight oil. You will find on the motor a few places to
add some oil to the motor. The armature shafts needs to be lubricated. Make sure the oil penetrates that area for about
an hour or two. Stand it up on end so the oil can get in the shaft and bearing area. You should be able to turn that assembly
with out any electricity. If it resists, let the oil do it's work. It might need another dose of oil. No more than 3 drops for the
time being. If this idea fails. You will need to lubricate the trucks. All the axles need to be lubricated with a dab of grease..
The worm gear connected from the motor to the drive gear on the engine needs white lithium grease. If that mechanism
turns freely, you're closer to having an operating engine. Let me know your results. Hope this helps you with your engine.

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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.

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Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.

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Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.

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Classic Toy Trains, January 2013

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Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

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Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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