Noisy Bachmann GE44 Ton

Georgia Trains May 8, 2020

  1. Georgia Trains

    Georgia Trains TrainBoard Member

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    I just purchased a New (old new stock) Bachmann GE44 Ton Switcher with on board dcc. First run out of the box it sounds like a corn shucker - runs OK forward and reverse but I am concerned about the noise.

    This is a 2003 unit and I am sure it has been sitting somewhere on a shelf for awhile. I am thinking it needs lubrication but, would like some opinions on what to use or could there be something else wrong?

    Got a good deal on it so I want to salvage it if possible.

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. sidney

    sidney TrainBoard Member

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    love the pics
     
  3. wvgca

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    fresh lube would probably help ... how thick is the old stuff ?
     
  4. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    Does it make a clicking sound? The fact that it runs worse in one direction makes me lean towards a drivetrain issue. A gear could be cracked if it makes a grinding sound. I don’t own a 44 tonner, so I don’t know the specifics of its design, but if it has slop in the worm axle, putting washers on it to tighten it up and prevent forward/backward motion can help with gear sound as well.
     
  5. Georgia Trains

    Georgia Trains TrainBoard Member

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    Looks pretty dry - what type of lubricant is good?
     
  6. Georgia Trains

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    Many thanks
     
  7. wvgca

    wvgca TrainBoard Member

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    I have had good lick with the different ones from LaBelle ...
     

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