This particular locomotive, a 2016, I had not used in about a year.  It started fine and ran for a few minutes and then I heard what I would describe as a grinding noise.  The noise was not constant.  It came on and off with maybe 1 second between the grinding noises.  Like it came on with the rotation of something else.  I removed the engine from the shell.  All wheels moved very smoothly by hand without effort and I could see or feel no binding whatsoever. But if I put down the engine on my test track I could hear the grinding sound.  (I should have said that if I ignore the grinding sound the locomotive will eventually stop.)  I greased the gears, but that didn't help.  I'm a bit surprised I can't see or feel the problem by turning the wheels myself.  Any ideas?

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