Well, putting things in perspective, mine won’t run if the smoke unit is on. In Conventional mode; Command runs OK.
My dealer is sending it in to Lionel for repair. They tried two other E6s and they wouldn’t run in Conventional, either.
Dave is this a problem with the entire run?
I certainly can’t say it’s a problem with the entire run. However, we did try the three locos my dealer had and all of them exhibited the failure, so I wouldn’t be surprised, either.
Remember that we are talking about Conventional control only here. They ran OK in Command and Legacy.
But with Conventional control, they only would run if the smoke unit was turned off. The whistle steam feature didn’t seem to cause a problem, just the regular smoke feature.
Since very few people will run these in Conventional, I gather this is not as big a problem as it might be. On the other hand, paying $800 for a loco and not having all its features work is certainly troublesome to some people (like me).
It will be interesting to see what Lionel can or will do about the situation. If they can’t fix the problem, I will want a full refund.