Maintaining Your Lionel Trains
Aside from smoke pills, smoke fluid, track cleaning fluid and the
like, Lionel offered their own prepackaged lubricant (926) and
lubricating oil (927-90). These items were sold as separate sale items
as well as in in kits, such as the 927 Maintenance Kit. The lubricant
(grease) and oil were manufactured by United Oil Manufacturing Company
of Erie, PA, who packaged it for Lionel. Lionel recommended its own oil
and lubricants as they were made of a mineral base that wouldn't damage
the trains or bodies. Below is an image of the contents description for
the 927 kit. Not only does it describe what is in the kit, but also
describes the individual items and how they should be used. Lionel
recognized that not everyone was going to visit their local hobby shop
and purchase maintenance kits, and some wouldn't spend the money for oil
or lubricant. With that Lionel recommended careful use of #10 viscosity
SAE motor oil and a "good grade" of mineral based lubricant. We'll
discuss this in more detail later on in this segment.
Take careful note of each of the seven (7) items and especially their
descriptions. We will cover them carefully later on.
Let's move on to the next page and get into some of the
nuts and bolts of doing your own maintenance.