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Restoration

Why is Restoration necessary or important?

With
LGB discontinuing most of their product line for the US market, combined with an ever decreasing supply of spare parts for LGB US locos and cars restoration of LGB locos and cars is becoming more and more important to reinstate condition, value, looks, and operation-ability for these fine and highly collectible model trains.

Models like the Uintah, Mikado, Mallet, Mogul, F 7 See-through, Forney, Alco-Diesel, older Street Cars or the Crocodile Ge 6/6, Older Stainz locos, Ballenberg or U-Series are becoming more and more collectible and their owners seek to restore what time and operation have done in damage over the years and decades.

Values of LGB locos have increased greatly over the past 3 years fueled by the fact that ever since LGB Lehmann Patentwerk went bankrupt in 2006 no sustainable new life could be breathed into any newer LGB products since 2009.

All the more important is has become to preserve, maintain and/or restore what is left from the past. Thankfully enough, the love for LGB has not diminished but grown among the true LGB fans and with the quantities once sold into the US market we will see a sound volume of locos to be traded; either from those who want to quit the hobby due to old age to those who want to enhance their collection or to those who want to start a fine, fine hobby to begin with.

(Technical) Restoration of your LGB locos and/or cars simply restores the value of your loco. The older your LGB loco is or the longer it has been operating on your layout the more she benefits from a restoration by Klaus. 

Restoration Benefits:

loco will be technically in new condition
loco is in (nearly) mint condition
loco is more fun to operate
loco wheels will look great again
loco value is restored and/or improves beyond initial purchase price

Restoration Scope
Klaus restores LGB locomotives and cars in complete compliance with the Old Original German LGB standards. These standards were co-developed by Klaus  while he consulted LGB Lehmann Patentwerk in product improvement. And while Klaus worked in close co-operation with Günter Ruhland, the General Mold Master LGB.

All spare parts used in restoration work are either Original LGB spare parts or - if those Original parts are no longer available on the market - are re-engineered by Klaus according to old LGB standards. While restoring a locomotive the loco is generally completely disassembled, thoroughly cleaned with specialty cleaner to restore as much as possible of the Original appearance and looks of the loco. Wear & tear parts are replaced, paint damages restored with paint that chemically matches  the plastic the loco was made of.

While restoring an LGB locomotive the wiring is checked. Where faulty wiring due to unprofessional work led to (previously resulting) shorts or failure-prone wiring, all wiring is completely redone according to Original German Standard LGB wiring.

DCC installations like digital sound installations or digital driving decoders include rewiring and sometimes slight modifications to the Original "inner life" of the LGB loco.

It is Klaus' utmost goal to (#1) keep your LGB trains running and (#2) to maintain the collector's value of your LGB loco/car.

In rare cases Klaus might advise to leave a loco untouched to preserve the collector's value rather than installing sound or switching to DCC operation.

Please Note: when shipping an LGB engine to Klaus it is best to use the original LGB box the loco came in. But you still have to ensure that the LGB loco CANNOT move at all neither within the box nor inside the package the box is transported in. Damages done by improper packaging are usually very costly to repair. Locos that Klaus has received in improper packaging are specialty-packed and charged by Klaus upon return.

For further information and advice call Klaus at 770-886-6670 or email at klaus@traincraftbyklaus.com
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