Original LGB locos and cars are usually aging gracefully and are made to last a very long time. These tips may help to keep your LGB trains running and avoid mishaps or damage to your treasures.
A Note About Wear and Tear: to fight wear and tear on mechanical components regularly calls for grease. Grease is needed within the motor block starting from the worm gear of the motor through an intermediate gear if present down to the plastic driving gear wheel on the axle. Few people are aware of the fact that metal loco wheels and power shoes need to be greased as well. Putting some lubrication on the tracks will double the life expectancy of loco wheels and power shoes instantly. Once the nickel plating on the wheels is gone the rest of the brass wheel will disappear even faster. So do yourself a big favor and add a little grease e.g. "W D 40", on to the track. Klaus recommends to spray about one (1) foot of the track about every 150 feet once a week. The wheels of the train will carry the lubricant around the layout.
Watch out for:
Over the years Klaus received quite a number of locos for repair due to faulty mechanics work. To help maintain the value of your LGB loco watch out for these:
avoid household glue to "re-place" broken parts
check on easy signs for faulty wiring like flimmering lights after repair
experiencing a short in your loco right or shortly after repair
rattling noises coming from inside the loco
Please call before 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. To pack properly, please call Klaus upfront to re- confirm proper way of packaging. Even slightly loose locos inside the original Styrofoam box can be heavily damaged during shipping/transport. Klaus offers professional specialty packaging which ensures very safe shipping.
For further information and advice call Klaus at 770-886-6670 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you give your LGB loco to a repair shop in your neighborhood watch out for poor performance manifesting itself in these possible details
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
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 email@example.com