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Unfortunately that was short lived. I fired it up this afternoon (several times) and I'm right back where I started. Again, everything else seems to function except sound although it's just static sounds or silence now (or alien communications), Lol. I do hear the faint cab chatter through all of the noise though. However, when I hit the shut down button the normal sounds kick back in for a regular shut down sequence. I didn't take the time today to put back on my bench to see if it matter there, maybe tomorrow.

Last edited by milwrd

Well folks I'm sure what to think about this whole dilemma. I put this engine back on the bench and it's working just fine, go figure. Back to the layout again and it fired up and went berserk. I then placed it around various spots on the layout and it worked just fine.   I then went back to the spot I first tried it on and this time it worked.

Thought I'd do a follow up on this issue. Still works fine on the bench. However, out on my layout I've done a dozen or so starts ups and have had a 50/50 ratio of good/bad starts. I finally pulled the shell and went about reseating all of the harnesses. Had six good starts to date. Fingers crossed.

Another update: after a dozen or more successful starts this 44 ton is acting up again. This time as before it starts up fine and after about 5 seconds the sound drops out, all other features work just fine. It does have a different spin this time though. In forward or reverse it emits the smoke alarm tone when it gets to 4/5 scale miles per hour and then goes silent when dropping down below that speed or stopped.

Any benefit in sending this to one of the experts for testing or should I just order a new board (if available)?

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