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There is no excuse for not stating if a loco is a runner or non runner. Too many entries say not tested for one reason or another, usual one is no track of that gauge. All you need is a 9volt battery, the sort with press stud connection. This will fit 00 wheels, TT and 9mm gauge wheels to tell you if the loco runs. As it is only 9volts it will not harm the motor and will tell you if it is just dirty wheels or pickup problems. Buy the wire battery connection then you can also connect direct to the motor in many cases. his will tell you if the drive is OK. I have used this method of testing for year fo 16mm, 12mm and 9mm gauge loco mechs. john c
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