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whack-or-lemon list

The following is a compilation of what should NOT happen to your (LGB) loco or in your (LGB) loco.

Scratches on your loco that were not there before repair

Parts are missing that were there before (like handrails, flag poles, lenses, bell, truck springs... the like)

Parts are broken, heavily scratched or dented ( like connecting rods, cow catcher, steam boiler...or else)

Screws from your loco were "replaced" with other screws: on older LGB locos all screws were "silver" colored. If you find black ones instead, yep, you guessed it right....

After repair your steam loco does not operate smoothly (as in connecting rods are out of sync) because the gear box was not re-assembled correctly.

Electronic components were glued in with a hot-gun. These glued-on components will come loose and fall into the loco, causing even more damage or stop the loco from operating.

Glued-on components with the wrong glue will hold their place but if the component fails in the future can not be taken out, because the glue will not allow for that unless massive damage is done to the loco body.

Hot glue or household glue used in repairing your loco will always lead to damage and decreases the value of your loco when not properly and professionally removed.

Decoders are not (properly) mounted ! Mounted as on a support plate or similar..... !
(might not matter as long as the decoder works, but upon replacing the decoder the trouble starts-- again...).

When driving decoders are replaced they are replaced with undersized decoders. They will operate the loco at first but then sooner than later fail because they cannot handle the applied load.

About soldering:

bad/cold solder joints will sooner or later influence conductivity (of power) or result in loose contact

bare (= non-insulated)wire-to-wire solder joints may cause short circuits

soldering leftovers from scruffy work may lead to short circuits

About wiring:

wrong cables are connected resulting e.g. in no light

cables/wires are not cut to proper length, then stuffed into the loco body. Tangled wires then may cause further damage

wires/cables are used that are too thin for the job. They will eventually either fail by either breaking or frying, causing more damage in the process.

wires/cables  are cut, crushed or squeezed when the loco is being put together again after repair and will lead to poor operation or short circuits.

For questions about your LGB loco call Klaus at 770-886-6670 or email to

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