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So I just got my engine back from my dealer that got sent to Lionel for it not running correctly. Lionel said they reprogrammed the board to fix it. Got it out to see if they fixed the problem and to my knowledge they did but trying to program the engine me and my dealer noticed it wouldn’t blow the horn in program mode. Didn’t think much about it since it ran fine after. I brought the engine home and reprogrammed it and didn’t blow the horn again but still ran. Only ran it for about 10 seconds and then it suddenly cut off. Now I can’t get it to respond to anything. It won’t even run in conventional mode. Does anyone know what might the fix may be for this? I really don’t want to send it back to Lionel again especially since I waited 3 months for them to send it back. SKU of engine is 2033380

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I understand you want your engine to work and I don’t blame you a bit, but it sounds like it has an issue that not even Lionel can fix. If I were in your shoes I would return it to the dealer, get a refund, and go buy something else. Do you want an engine that seems likely to keep giving you trouble and costing you money when out of warranty?

Matthew,

      The item you have are the Southern E8 AA set correct? Although both engines are powered only the lead A unit has sounds. When programming use the same ID number say you use #69. Both engines need to be programmed as engines using # 69. However the trailing A unit 6914 does not have sounds so you will not hear a horn blow when programmed. Make sure you hit set after programming each engine and move the Program/Run switch to run. Now put them on the track address them as engine 69 turn the throttle on your Cab2 and you can blow the horn, ring the bell etc but sounds only come from engine 6901. Let us know how you make out. Good luck

JohnB

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Matthew,

      The item you have are the Southern E8 AA set correct? Although both engines are powered only the lead A unit has sounds. When programming use the same ID number say you use #69. Both engines need to be programmed as engines using # 69. However the trailing A unit 6914 does not have sounds so you will not hear a horn blow when programmed. Make sure you hit set after programming each engine and move the Program/Run switch to run. Now put them on the track address them as engine 69 turn the throttle on your Cab2 and you can blow the horn, ring the bell etc but sounds only come from engine 6901. Let us know how you make out. Good luck

JohnB

Hello JohnB,

I tried this when first programming them and the trailing A unit acknowledge that it was programmed since the cab lights turn on but no horn since it doesn’t have sound. The front A unit does not make any sound nor does the cab lights come on. The number boards are the only thing on it and that’s it

Since this issue seems too complicated for me to fix myself without voiding the warranty. I think I will send it back to Lionel for them to fix it. I like this engine too much to return it and I would return it and get a new one somewhere else but I can’t find any of these. Does anyone know if I can directly bring this to Lionel in Concord, NC either to there retail store or warehouse? I actually live close to there and I think it would be better to directly talk to someone about fixing it rather than on the phone. Also don’t want to ship it again since when I got the engine back one of the air tanks on the top broke off so I had to re-glue it.

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