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Can you help diagnose my Lionel Hudson's problem ?

My Lionel Hudson (1990) JI-E #5340 is acting strangely. I wonder if you can help diagnose the problem?

Here are the symptoms:

Upon starting from neutral to forward it will run maybe half of a lap and then stall. If I push or pull on it, it sometimes will run again then stop. Doesn't matter whether the direction is forward or backward.

After some cajoling, it will finally find itself and take off running around the 0-84 loop with out stopping and/or slowing down. It is then good for the rest of the operating session.

I have run other trains on the same track and they are fine. It is NOT a transformer/track issue.

I use Z-1000's and Fastrack.

I have removed it from service until I can figure out what is going on.

What do you think?

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