I purchased a great looking and sounding Conventional PRR 0-4-0 6-11380 from a fellow on a FaceBook Group I am on. It was an attractive price. When I first put it on the track and applied power, I saw that the sound and lights came on right away, and when I cycled the power with the handle of my Z4000, it started moving forward chuffing along. I switched it to neutral, then reverse. It started moving in reverse for about one foot, then stopped. The sound and lights stayed on. Now I can't get it to move at all. I can see something electronic is changing and I am assuming something is going from forward to neutral to reverse, because my ammeter changes from about 0.3 amps with 18 volts applied, then after the next power cycle, it is up to 4.7 amps. This cycle continues as long as I keep moving the power handle or direction button, and the sound and lights come on every time, but it won't budge.
I printed the manual from the Lionel Website, but it doesn't give me any ideas. Can someone give me any suggestions of what to try. I have not taken the boiler or tender covers off to look inside, but will if it isn't something simple. I told the seller it arrived safely, but did not report back about it's operation. I still may be interested in keeping it, because I was thinking of putting ERR in it when I bought it since I have little invested in it so far.
Thank you to anyone who can offer any help!!