So i was trolling around ebay one day and i came across this add for an amtrak painted athearn. I also ran across a thread of a review of the Kato FP40 in Amtrak paint by LongIslandTom: http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=23699 and decided i was going to go for it . So 18$ +shipping and a week and a little later i get my train. It is kinda not what i expected, but i was surprised in a good way. Firstly it was an FP45 not an FP40 so it has 6 driving wheels on each truck. Nice ... . While not a super weight it was able to pull my 13 car consist around the track w/o pause after i cleaned it up. Now .. about the cleaning up. People don't take care of the stuff then dump them on ebay or at a yard sale or something becuase it looks like this engine was used to ram into other engines, and the wheels and commutator were filthy. I'm an old school electric r/c guy so i have a bunch of cleaners and lubes for electric motors. I cleaned up the comm, cleaned the wheels using the goo-gone on a paper towel method and blew out any dust and foreign material w/ forced air. I inspected the entire train for any issues and didn't really find any besides being dirty. The train is quiet .. i mean i'm next to myself how quiet it is compared to the other Lifelike crap trains i have running. In my rc days quiet ment low or no friction because friction made noise. If this is the same in model trians, Athearn builds some friction free engines! The shell of this engine is not nearly as nice as the Kato one seen in the review by longislandtom (refer to link above) but it was still nice. Right now at my skill level and budget "nice" is perfect hahahaha. I do have to repair the front where the plow goes. Not sure how i'm going to do that but i'm thinking of squaring out the plastic and forming some styrene or something w/ a heat gun and glueing it in. It is a 6 wheel engine and based on quite a bit of reading i've done in these forums 6 wheels is not so good for 18" radius turns.. just so happens that is all i have . So i was nervous, but the train ran well i ran it on a simple rounded square loop i have setup and it had no problems. It started from a crawl and went up to a decent speed. What would one suggest for lubing the plastic worm gears? White lithium or some grease type lube or a graphite based lube. Some photo's as always visit http://www.skyersfamily.com/gallery/v/Trains/Depot/AthearnFP45Amtrak/ for full sized images. This is after i cleaned the trucks: and this is what came off them: a shot on the track: And i'm going to start guessing where these wires and parts go .