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Slow running Lionel 4-4-2

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I am running a Lionel 4-4--2 and it is slow and weak.  Other engies move right along especially when I run both sides a MRC dual transformer to the track.

Is this typical?   'Any possibility I have locomotive that needs AC power?  rhands

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No...Lionel large scale locomotives use DC power only...it's stamped on the bottom cover of drive block. Try cleaning the drive wheels with a q-tip dipped in alcohol, lacquer thinner or some suitable solvent. And don't forget the backside of drive wheels where carbon power pickup brushes rub.  

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Thanks for the info, indeed it is so marked on the engine.  Found out last night with the dual MRC transformer connected speed was sluggish, but when I added an LGB transformer (small grey unit); (3 units total) it took off like a scalded hound, well maybe a beagle tracking a rabbit.  Very acceptable but I am not sure about the consequences of hooking 3 transformers to the track.  I believe my wiring is adequate, it is 2 16 or 18 ga wire running to each rail (4 per track) and a 20 foot run.   I have cleaned and physically buffed the tires with a Dremel fine grit buffing wheel    If it would help I could measure track voltage with and without load.   Also could probably get the amperage under load.  I would like to figure out wha'sup rather than throwing transformers at it.

 

 

 

 

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