Is your Tyco train barely able to get out of its own way? Does it squeal like a pig, stutter like a drunkard, or just sit there and buzz like a child sticking out her tongue? Does it run for a minute or two before crashing like an office drone coming off a caffeine high? Or do you already know there's something wrong because you can see cracks, missing parts, or a small poodle sucked up into the motor?
You're not alone - Tyco's reputation was irreparably destroyed by the finicky locos they sold from the mid-70's onward. But have no fear, because it's easy to fix them! So if you just dug a box out of the attic and are wondering how to make them run, you're in luck...
Though it's taken me far too long to polish the draft I began (two friggin' years ago), I've finally completed a COMPREHENSIVE repair guide for Tyco trains and locomotives outfitted with the infamous "Power Torque" drive system! Written for both model train newbies and old salts alike, it covers everything you need to know, including
- Component diagrams
- Basic Tyco locomotive teardown (without breaking stuff)
- Gear cleaning and replacement / enhancement
- Armature servicing
- Bench testing
- numerous tips about traction tires, faulty blocks, not losing springs and brushes, etc.
- Motor revision comparisons and identification
- A video showing one advanced replacement option
It's all presented in a thorough, straightforward guide from start to finish - like a Chilton's Manual for guys who play with trains.
Check it all out in the new GIC Guide No. 8: Power Torque Drives!