Why has my Lionel train stopped working?

Question by Lode Vaduh: Why has my Lionel train stopped working?
I have a Postwar 685 ATSF Hudson steam model train (its not a really a steam engine, its just called that- it has an electric motor) which stopped working. Whenever I put it on the tracks and tried it out, sparks would come from the motor and there’d be a buzzing noise. The motor doesn’t rotate. The track is clean, and I cleaned the motor nicely with alcohol. What could be wrong?

Best answer:

Answer by crimson rambler
There is a short circuit somewhere.

Dismantle the locomotive and check carefully for electric contact where there shouldn’t be.

Either a wire is touching where it shouldn’t or else, a wheel is touching the chassis where it shouldn’t and should be insulated from the mainframe.

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