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Lionel Holiday Tradition Express Owner's Manual Maintaining and servicing your set

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Lionel Holiday Tradition Express Owner Manual Troubleshooting

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Holiday Tradition Express, engine tender not working. Contacted Lionel Trains, they have no replacement parts or service available.


Best bet is to search the internet for Lionel replacement parts. Try to include as much information in your search.

Dec 03, 2012 | Lionel 11000 Holiday Tradition Express...

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Remote is not working for my Lionel Holiday Tradition Express Train with new batteries. Any suggestions?


I rewired my train this weekend..it now works on my outdoor setup....I found that the circuit board inside the engine had a blown capacitor and the power transitor was fried. I by passed the engine board found that it only would run backwards....went into the tender and taped into the power from tack bypassing the rectifer... By the way the engine does not start up when one uses the remote...there is a 20 second delay before starting

Nov 27, 2011 | Lionel 11000 Holiday Tradition Express...

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On my Lionel Holiday Tradition Express the handheld remote works yet with the train will not respond. All connections have been cleaned and that is not the problem. I did notice that the wheels on the locomotive can not be turned by hand, is this a sign that the motor is locked? If so is ther a user solution?


the train does not run in daylight.....when one places the remote over the engine protecting the senor from sun the engine will start 10seconds after the sounds...I was very disappointed that it would not run in daylight. I'm looking for a method to rewire the system to work in daylight....maybe bypassing the control card.

Nov 28, 2010 | Lionel 11000 Holiday Tradition Express...

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The train is not responding to the remote.


I had a similar problem with my 11000 Holiday Tradition Express. I cleaned the track with an eraser (pencil-type) and then used a soft cloth to clean any possible residue. After doing this twice, my train is now running.

Dec 04, 2009 | Lionel 11000 Holiday Tradition Express...

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