It is very important to keep your locomotive in good
operating condition. Maintenance can be as enjoyable as operating. A well
maintained locomotive will reward you with many years of faithful service.
Key maintenance points are as follows:
(1) After the day’s run is completed,
empty the boiler, fuel tank and lubricator and dispose of their contents
in an environmentally safe manner. Refill the lubricator with fresh steam
cylinder oil. If setting the locomotive aside for extended periods, it is
particularly recommended that all the water is removed from the boiler via
the blow down valve after the final run.
(2) Wipe excessive oil off the
locomotive using a soft cloth, so that is displays a glossy appearance. Do
not use cleaning solutions containing chemical substances such as thinner
or alcohol since they may damage the paint finish. Soapy water containing
dish washing detergent may be used.
(3) Check for loose or missing fasteners
and tighten / replace as necessary.
(4) Check the condition of the O-rings
on the filler caps and replace them if necessary. All filer caps should be
installed but not tightened.
(5) If any leaks were noted during
operation, eliminate them by tightening the appropriate fittings or
re-sealing with packing compound.
(6) Lubricate all moving parts with
medium weight machine oil.
(7) Leave the regular valve, blower
valve and cylinder drain cocks open when storing the locomotive or they
may stick shut.
(8) Important: Rotate the wheels
of the locomotive a few turns every few weeks to avoid possible sticking
of slide vales or pistons due to water condensation remaining inside the