I have two Lionel Legacy steam engines that I am driving myself crazy over…
One day while my layout was powered on (20v to track via Powerhouse), but no trains were running or started, I heard a noise coming from my Legacy steam engine. The sound which comes from the tender sounds like a “signal” noise. The only way I can describe it is as the sort of noise that would come from computer speakers prior to a phone call coming in when a cell phone is near by. The sound is not pops or cracks from the speaker..
I assumed i had some sort of signal issue and began diagnosing the root of the problem. I eventually separated the engine from the tender and voila, the noise stopped. To confirm this, I reconnected the engine and tender via the wireless tether and sure enough the noise came back. I then put my finger in the middle of the IR sensors and sure enough the noise stopped.
I tested my other Legacy steam engine that has a wireless tether and sure enough the same results occurred.
My question is this… is this sound normal for engines with a wireless tether or do I really have some sort of signal issue?