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« on: June 28, 2012, 02:12:19 PM »

We recently picked up a used Williams Amtrak Genesis at a train show. When we try to run it, it seems like it has trouble getting started and then even keeping going. The power seems strong, but it is like it struggles to get the wheels moving and then keeping them moving. I am not sure how long this engine had been in the box, and it might have been sitting for a while. Do you think there is a chance that we should grease the gears in the trucks? If so, what should we use? Is WD40 ok? Thanks for any help. This is for my 6 year old and he is having a hard time with why he can't run it. Thanks,

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2012, 04:20:34 PM »

You may only need to clean the wheels with a dremel tool with a wire brush on it.
Try that first before doing a more thorough cleaning.
You should try to remove the old grease if there is any build-up. DON'T use WD-40, it is a super light oil with a water mixture. 3 in oil would be better, or Labell's # 106 or # 107 oil that you buy at your hobby shop. Also WD-40 will leave an oil film that will allow your engine to spin it's wheels.
For a deep cleaning you can try radio tuner cleaner with a nozzle attachment on the gears, but you must be very careful not to overspray anything with it, keep an old towel nearby.
For track cleaning I use a light sandpaper, around 380 grain. If really dirty use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe the tracks.

Lee F.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 12:29:58 PM »

I have had great luck cleaning grease and track with "Goo-Gone".

we also use Green Scotch Gard pads with the Goo-Gone followed up with old rags to

wipe it off. The Trains run great !!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2012, 06:20:06 PM »

Hi chaines,

I would check a few things.

First, are you sure both sets of trucks are running.  If only one set is moving, the one motor will have to struggle a lot to get the train moving and keep moving.  If only one is moving it can be a mechanical problem or a simple wire broken off of the motor terminal.  Check this first. 

If both truck are moving, then it is probably a binding issue due to being in storage. Remove the trucks from the motor assembly and check to see how free the wheels move. Lube the axles with oil and grease the gears.

Also check the helical gear to make sure this is not worn out.  If the center is "dished" out it is time to replace the gear or truck.


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