Well, at one point both of the pantographs in my non-powered unit quit working. i did follow the instructions in the manual and reseated both of them. One works...the other is still a paperweight. Here's the issue and questions I posed to Lionel today.
"Hello. Pantograph question and problem:
1. At some point do all 4 pantographs move?
2. I’ve noticed the front pantograph on my non-powered unit never moves. (I’ve checked and it is properly installed and seated in the U channel per your “Acela Pantograph Installation manual. is this correct?
3. Also, when I reverse direction so the non-powered unit is in the lead, it’s rear pantograph deploys as it should but also the lead pantograph on the powered unit remains raised. Is this the correct configuration? I thought only one Pantograph should be deployed on the engine in which the train is traveling. That pantograph is the rear pantograph on the engine. The other 3 should be down. Is this correct?
i have followed the directions in the manual and your “operating tips” to program/reprogam but this has not changed the behavior of the pantographs described above. Any help, guidance would be greatly appreciated."
I should have paid closer attention to the operation of the pantographs from the start when everything was working so I would have had a baseline. what puzzles me is why one pantograph on the non-powered unit works, the other doesn't and why a pantograph on the powered unit remains up when it is traveling in the reverse direction... I love this hobby.