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Last week I spent an hour in the shop of a friend rewiring this early example Lionel 259E:

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I needed some help unsoldering the 90+ year-old wiring...didn't want to make too much of a mess of it. Got some lessons from a master, which I can put to use on a few other pieces in the project pile.

This having the e-unit, the wiring is a bit more complicated than a manual reverse. Best to either make yourself a wiring diagram before beginning, or methodically unwire/rewire in order. If you just disconnect everything before soldering in replacements, one can quickly lose track of what goes where. It's kinda like replacing the ignition wires on a car...disconnect and replace each wire one at a time, otherwise you risk having the firing order balled up.

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Re-wiring ANYTHING is something I would never try myself--let alone on such a wonderful piece-and even with help. Some people are born with the re-wiring gift---and you certainly are! Beautiful train.


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Recently I was having trouble soldering, which I had attributed to my advancing age, diminished dexterity/patience, etc. Turns out my forty-five year-old iron had developed a short which would cause it to occasionally cool while I was using it. Picked up a new pencil iron at Sears the other day and I'm back to soldering like the old days. I've got a few motor rebuild/rewire projects in the queue, so now I'm looking forward to working on them.


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Re-wiring ANYTHING is something I would never try myself--let alone on such a wonderful piece-and even with help. Some people are born with the re-wiring gift---and you certainly are!

Practice is the important thing. Get yourself a decent iron, some quality solder, flux, then find some bits to practice on. Solder some wire onto any little metal scraps you can find. Tinning the tip and learning to "flow" the solder is the important aspect. When I was 14 or 15 I built myself one of those HeathKit stereo amps and a receiver...still had tubes back then, lol. Learned a lot from that exercise. Now I'm a bit rusty because I don't do it that often. Probably most important, don't be too frugal...good soldering requires good supplies.


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