Much to my amazement, my first shot at DCS with TMCC is working out well. Little hiccups with issues getting the wireless tethers connected on occasion, but overall, every locomotive was recognized and ran fine on the fixed and variable channels.
Challenged was first two tries with old reliable PW locomotives, and I don't think either was due to the DCS/TMCC. FA-2 AA diesels ran around the track great, no issue with the directional button on the DCS remote, but as soon as a connected the 3 passenger cars that came with the set, the FA-2s barely budged. Because everything else ran fine, I don't ascribe it to dirty track, weak voltage, or bad connections. I watched this engine pull 4 passenger cars with ease 50 years ago at my grandfather's. Just had the pick-up rollers replaced last week, and this was the first run. Could that be the issue?
My 2056 4-6-4 couldn't get out of neutral. Since the DCS got the FA-2s to change direction, I'm thinking this is a sticky E-unit and some WD-40 would help.
Any thoughts? I'm doubting myself because the conventional has always been bulletproof with TMCC causing the headaches.