Lionel Passenger Car Restoration - Part 5: Trucks and Polishing

Ever wanted to make an old, beat-up tinplate train look like new? Here's how! To demonstrate each step, I'm using an old Lionel 700 series passenger car.

The trucks are one of the most complex parts when it comes to cleaning, because they also have to function well. Just one poor rolling car can put a lot of additional stress on the engine, causing poor performance and higher levels of heat. Too much heat can damage the motor.

When it comes to detail, polishing the metal trim parts on these old tinplate trains makes a gigantic difference in appearance. On engines and cars with a lot of trim especially, polishing the metal is one of the things that will really make them stand out from the rest.

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