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How to: Tomy Real Steam Loco Repair
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How to: Tomy Steam Loco Repair Part 1





How to: Tomy Steam Loco Repair Part 2



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i have a plarail steaming thomas (the one with the red cheeks and red truck) and he doesn't make any steam anymore

opened him up, mechanism is very different to the D51
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Is it this set that was released in 2017 that you have Stain?

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(05-07-2022, 08:41 PM)Super Wrote: Is it this set that was released in 2017 that you have Stain?

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yes it is that 
got it for christmas (even though i asked for the 2005 metallic) and enjoyed it

however, now steam is very feeble and the tiniest amount of steam pours out instead of the enormous gusts of steam before
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here is the video: 


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Yes, you have the modern version of the real Steamer which of course has an all new type mechanical workings.
Question: Have you been using Tap water, well water, bottled water in him?
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once i was at a friends house and i brought this thomas along, i wanted to steam him so i used tap water
i always use tap water for him as i can't read japanese
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One thing it might be is that mineral deposits have accumulated inside his steam works but I don't know how to check or fix that if there are. Even if its tap water it may be from a well with hard water which can still leave deposits on any appliance that uses water like humidifiers, coffee makes etc. If you do manage to get him back steaming good I would recommend only using Distilled Water in the future which should be easily bought for your convenience or grocery store.
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hmm ok, i opened it up a few weeks ago do you want me to open it again for a picture?
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If everything looked ok for you when you opened him up you needn't do it again.
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going to be real, where the hell does this store the water? it seems like it goes in and just turns into steam
how does it keep steaming if it doesn't have a tank?
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This whole white portion stores the water and micro heater. The yellow (light green?) "gutter" is right under the dome and directs the water into the smokebox, where it fills the reservoir at the bottom. If it's overfilled, it'll just spill out the side of the loco. Simple as that
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ah ok. so distilled water keeps the inside from being dirty?
how does it even make steam?
how does the thing even work?
metal makes 'steam'?
why was the big bulky thing on the side needed? the original metallic thomas didn't have one

these are the questions that flow through my head everytime i see it


EDIT: i had the engine on with the cap off and it was through the phase where the whistle blows and steam puffs out repeatedly
it whistled and it made steam
JUST NOW AS I AM TYPING THIS IT IS STEAMING CONSISTENTLY
it is fixed !

it was a fluke. he not steaming now.
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tbh, it feels like it just steams whenever it feels like it
whyy
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1) Exactly. Distilled water is specifically treated to make it devoid of impurities like tap water tends to contain, and as such should not leave dissolved materials.
2/4) It uses a small electronic component that converts energy to heat, a.k.a Joule heating. When the engine is supposed to "puff", the heating element receives a pulse to quickly vaporise the water. That's why the Steam Along Thomas (the first version) uses three batteries (4.5V) in the powered Annie. Same with the two D51s and the TrackMaster 2 Real Steam Thomas/James/Percy.
5) The second version was redesigned to be detachable while still not self powered. Moving the batteries into the loco meant there was no room for a reservoir underneath like the first version has. Strange seeing as Mattel worked out how to do it while making their versions all self contained, albeit without sound.
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