Problem 1: Runs poorly. Reason(s): Bad drive gears. Split main gear.
Remedy: Replace drivetrain (modify new drivetrain to fit original model).
Problem 2: Low sound quality.
Reason(s): Poor speaker location. Speaker too small. Baffle cover missing.
Remedy: Replace 13 x 9 x 8.5mm mini cube2 with 28mm (1″) round speaker. Relocate speaker to tender.
Problem 3: Live decoder wires caught under worm gear (hot ground).
Reason(s): No gear box cover.
Remedy: Remove wires from gear box. Install gear box cover.
Problem 4: Cosmetic damage/broken or missing parts.
Remedy: Repair, replace, & touch up paint.
Description of work completed:
Installed new TCSWowKA 2 amp Sound System #1507 with 28 mm Boom-Box speaker enclosure in tender.
Drilled acoustic speaker hole pattern in bottom of tender. Completely disassembled drivetrain & gearbox.
Removed metal shavings from gearbox left over from original boiler weight cut off.
Inspected & tested all gears. Replaced one badly worn gear.
Cleaned out drivetrain, removing all the original oil and grease.
Reassembled and reset the drivetrain. Quartered drivers.
Reapplied oil to the gears and drivers.
Tested and fine tuned rebuilt drivetrain & gears.
Simplified loco wiring:
Modified locomotive shell to fit TCSWow decoder inside saddle tank on Engineer’s side.
Installed KeepAlive device inside modified saddle tank on the Fireman’s side.
Moved 90% of wiring under boiler shell, except speaker and rear light wires.
Installed new single tender wire connector on Engineer’s side.
Installed new working rear light in tender to match Loco headlight.
Added 4 screws and mounting posts in tender bottom to hold tender shell on.
Replaced original cut off boiler weight with new boiler weight cut properly to retain chassis set screw.
Refurbished/rebuilt/replaced cosmetic damage as needed.:
Installed/leveled new foot boards.
Added cab floor with side framing.
Leveled saddle tanks with new foot boards.
Modified boiler head so shell will lift off in one piece like original 2-6-0 donor shell.
Reinstalled crew and boiler head details.
Added coal spillage.
Repaired/reinstalled loose/missing details in tender & locomotive.
Painted, weathered, and detailed repaired areas to blend in with existing locomotive finish.