Squealing Jinty!

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kebang
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Squealing Jinty!

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I am currently running in a new Hornby Jinty from the Triang Train Set RS.30 'Crash'. When I started the process it was a little 'juddery' but this has smoothed out. However the loco is emitting a faint high pitched squeal or whistle. Haven't experienced this when recently running in a Hornby 0-4-0 R30200, or a Bachmann 2-4-2 , Class 5.
Any idea what this is, and should I be worried?
Bigmet
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Re: Squealing Jinty!

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A squeal is high frequency, so typically from the fastest rotating component which is the motor shaft and everything directly connected to it, and whatever is contacting these components. Other sources, gear shafts, pick up wipers on wheel backs.

Run it for some time at medium speed with no load, to assess whether it is getting louder or quieting. This sound can be the motor brushes bedding in to the commutator, or a motor shaft bearing. If the sound persists something to try is a tiny drop of light oil on the motor shaft bearings, applied from the point of a needle: it wants to be so little as to be invisible! Try on just one bearing and re-assess, the less oil used the better.
kebang
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Re: Squealing Jinty!

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The squealing has diminished, but this ones a dog! Attempts to run it at a medium speed allows the wheels to make a rotation, pause, rotate again, pause and so on. If I attempt to run at a slow speed (faster than shunting) the wheels rotate once then stop. I bang on the track and get another single rotation and then stop. I have to bang the track continuously to make any progress at all. (My 0-4-0 Railroad R20300 loco is running perfectly, even capable of slow shunting.)
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Re: Squealing Jinty!

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Sounds like the pick up wipers need adjustment to obtain continuous running, and there may be more to do than that. Owners of this particular model may be able to provide more specific well targetted advice.
kebang
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Re: Squealing Jinty!

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Thanks Bigmet
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Re: Squealing Jinty!

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Also do a quick visual check of the wheel quartering just to make sure.
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