Doing Your Own Locomotive Repairs And Maintenance

Like anything with moving parts, your trains need care and attention to keep them operating to maximum efficiency, and to avoid potential problems. 

Parts do wear out, and stuff does get dirty, especially on locomotives which are doing most of the hard work. Parts can work loose, grime can accumulate, and even light bulbs can blow. 

That's why regular maintenance is important, as it is better to avoid problems, rather than waste hours trying to locate and fix them. You can also search online for railway contractors by hopping over here now.

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To do your own locomotive maintenance and repairs you will require some basic tools and possibly a few spare parts. Here are some tools to have handy:

Small Screwdrivers – Most parts are small so you'll likely need one or two small screwdrivers for removing and tightening little straight-blade screws. You might also need a small screwdriver for undoing cross-point screws.

A Pair Of Tweezers – You'll probably find some pointed end tweezers a helpful tool for picking up and relocating little things.

A Magnifier – Depending on how good your eyesight is; you might need a magnifier to see the small parts. A bench-fitted or free-standing, magnifier might be easiest to use so that your hands can be kept free to work on your loco.

Oil Lubricant- Be careful what you use, because you won't need much, and you won't want to damage anything. The oil needs to be a plastic-compatible specialist "light" model train oil. There are various brands available.