Just about any car guy (or gal) will tell you that the surest way to figure out how something works is to rebuild it. The kids inherited a Christmas train from a neighbor who moved, and I was about to toss it out figuring the train never worked. My wife stopped me and told me it definitely was working at a point, since she saw it choo-choo last Christmas at the neighbor’s place.
I decided to see if I could fix it. So far I’ve taken the train engine apart and figured out where the on/off switch is. I’ve also replaced the remote transmitter, 9-volt battery. With deductive reasoning and the Internet, I figured out that heavy part of the train engine is where the batteries reside. I will be picking up four “C” batteries to replace the beyond dead ones.
In addition, I’ll need to buy a soldering iron to re-attached one of the wires I accidentally detached when the back of the engine (that heavy part) fell out of my hand. It brought me back to when I was younger and did enough fixing of radios, headphones, and other simple electronics, to justify owning one. I got singes on my fingers and arms to remind me too.
I even managed to find the meager owner’s manual for the train online in PDF format. This should be interesting. My goal is to have the train running by Christmas Day. Wish me luck.