Originally Posted by Bob Bubeck:
Originally Posted by Ukaflyer:
I just pulled my Challenger out to have a look at the settings for ODY and it is set correctly in the ODY position.
So I can only assume that the track is the problem in this situation. Is this a timing issue that can be resolved by Lionel in the future by extending any intermittent loss of power so that it keeps it in motion?
Your primary recourse at this time is to improve the track work and keep it clean. The intermittent stalling occurs with AF Cruise 'on' or 'off'. Make sure that the rails are level at the joiners, that there are no hammer dents in the rail head of individual sections, etc. If you are in a position to do so, you might try some different transformers/power supplies in that Mike Reagan has brought up that variable for running the newest Flyer (post BB).
Your comment tends to suggest that a lower gear ratio would be helpful in the future. The Big Boy runs much more slowly than the Challenger does for a given speed step on Cab-2 giving the BB a finer speed setting range. As much as it is the less desirable model, the BB still appears to be the better operating and sounding of the two.
Hope this helps.
Yes, it makes a lot of sense now. The layout of my friend was an exhibition layout of about eight modules and I have to say that some of his joints at several boards was not always perfect and casting my mind back to when it stalled it does align with the board joins.
It is possible that I will be in a position in the future do some corrective work on the layout and then see what happens.
For power I am using a Lionel 180W brick connected to a 240/110 step down transformer. I also use a Lionel quick blow fuse in one of those silver track side cabinet thingies.
Apart from this quirkiness I really like the engine and how it performs here at home.