I think you missed my point Alan, I am a great believer in recycling where at all possible and I believe that point motor may be salvageable, well worth a try. And yes Maintenance (regular preventive) is always to be applauded.I have very few faults with my railway John, and one of the reasons I suspect is because I maintain it. One motor in 12 years - not exactly expensive is it. Do you put secondhand oil in your car? - thought not.