My friend sent me this question about one of his new 2022 Lionel SD45 locomotives. See below. In summary, LionChief App works for sounds and couplers, but loco doesn't respond to the App trying to make it go forward or reverse but instead the lights blink. Thoughts?
Both the Legacy powered engine and the SuperBass non-powered engine function fine under conventional transformer operation, with no noted anomalies (though I chose not to run them with the smoke units on; due to my asthma, I use smoke only sparingly).
Having skimmed the owner’s manual and reading that a locomotive set with the SuperBass engine will not function properly in the Bluetooth environment, I removed the dummy engine and tried operating only the powered engine with the LionChief app on my iPad. The engine sounds worked fine, I could sound the horn, ring the bell, and open both the front and rear couplers. However, when I advanced the throttle, the cab lights began blinking and the engine would not move. This occurred in both forward and reverse. I have other Lionel Bluetooth-equipped locomotives and all operate fine in the Bluetooth environment, so I believe there is something dysfunctional with my new locomotive. (Please note that I do not currently have TMCC or Legacy on my layout, so I have no basis of judgment in the digital command environment.)