Restoration and Repair

O and S gauge trains are durable toys. In this section you can learn how to make your vintage classic trains run – and look – like new.

A battery-damaged Lionel steamer shines again.
By Mike Hilbert
Published: June 11, 2012
You can easily modify a car battery tool
By Will Grovender
Published: May 22, 2012
Seven steps to straighten, tighten, and clean old rails
By Ray Greulich
Published: March 15, 2011
In this online extra, registered users can read how Terry rescued three more cars for use on his home railroad.
Published: August 20, 2010
We have downloadable article collections on specific areas of interest to the collector, like the repair and restoration of vintage toy train locos, operating cars, and accessories.
Published: November 19, 2009
A Christmas without trains? Unthinkable!
By Ray L. Plummer
Published: March 4, 2009
How to protect prewar and postwar O and S gauge toy trains
By Frank Schmidt
Published: August 12, 2008
A new job for Lionel's 6656 stock car and 6465 tank car
By Peter Corrigan
Published: February 21, 2008
Motorized Lionel handcar performance upgrades
By Joseph Rampolla
Published: January 8, 2007
Build your own dual-cab O gauge locomotive
By Ralph Calvino
Published: September 5, 2006
Fix up older Lionel and American Flyer cars
Published: June 1, 2006
Eight steps to renew beat-up trains.
By Ray L. Plummer
Published: June 1, 2006
How to tune those toy train motors for best performance
By Mike Hilbert
Published: June 1, 2006
Common postwar trains are excellent fix-up candidates
Published: June 1, 2006
Get those O and S gauge locomotives back on track
By Ray L. Plummer
Published: June 1, 2006
Tips for changing steam-engine traction tires
By Jim Riccioli
Published: June 1, 2006
Convert pellet-type Lionel smoke units to smoke fluid
By Ray L. Plummer
Published: June 1, 2006
Improve a popular postwar motorized unit
By Timothy J. Pignatari
Published: June 1, 2006
Clean and oil O gauge and Large Scale engines
Published: June 1, 2006
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