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Was at the LHS, forum Sponsor The Imperial Train Company, today and this gem was unboxed.  Lionel's Halloween RS-11.  This was a surprise for sure.  Lots of cool sounds and "scary" bells and whistles.  As fast as it was unboxed, it had to be boxed right back up again because it was purchased.  The sound was crisp and loud and the engine performed flawlessly.  

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Grampstrains posted:
Greg Houser posted:

I think part of the problem is the catalog and online description on Lionel's website have no mention of the Halloween themed sounds.  That's definitely a point which needs to be made as that is what "makes" this engine. 

Does anyone know if the LionelChief+ Halloween engines (both steam and diesel) have this same sound set?

-Greg

You should read the catalog again.  It states right above the engine "Halloween themed crew talk and sounds"

Thanks, I shouldn't have assumed the catalogs would have information the website doesn't.

Fyi...I googled "Lionel Legacy diesel with Halloween sounds" and "Lionel Legacy Steamer with Halloween sounds". 

The diesel search took me here:

http://www.lionel.com/products...cy-rs-11-13-1933071/

No mention of the Halloween sounds.

The steamer search took me here:

http://www.lionel.com/products...acific-1031-6-85175/

No mention of Halloween sounds.

-Greg

Greg Houser posted:

I think part of the problem is the catalog and online description on Lionel's website have no mention of the Halloween themed sounds.  That's definitely a point which needs to be made as that is what "makes" this engine. 

Does anyone know if the LionelChief+ Halloween engines (both steam and diesel) have this same sound set?

-Greg

Lionel Hollween Mikado w/LionChief Plus and Bluetooth

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD49SJk9h_U

Doug W. posted:
Greg Houser posted:

I think part of the problem is the catalog and online description on Lionel's website have no mention of the Halloween themed sounds.  That's definitely a point which needs to be made as that is what "makes" this engine. 

Does anyone know if the LionelChief+ Halloween engines (both steam and diesel) have this same sound set?

-Greg

Lionel Hollween Mikado w/LionChief Plus and Bluetooth

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD49SJk9h_U

Thank-you!

-Greg

BobbyD posted:
MartyE posted:

Missed that Thanks.  All the more reason to purchase from a good LHS.

At the local store they all have the same issue Marty, they checked stock. 

Bummer, I wonder how many RCMC boards shipped with this flaw, I hope this isn't an epidemic!  So far it's the PA's and the RS11 models, but since the same board is in most Legacy diesels, this might be a torrent!

Both of my new RS11’s lose their ID, so yesterday when I went to start my train up, no go, as they both reset to ENG 1. So, I thought I’ll just flip the PRG/RUN on each one separately and reprogram them to their original ID without shutting the power off and on. To my surprise they both responded when I ‘set’ them. I hit Train 82  and off they went! Some of you may know this already but it was a learning experience for me! Also, you need to set them up in opposite directions than you normally would to have them operate in a train correctly. These are buggy, but with this new found procedure and the fact that the switch is so easily accessible, I may just leave it well enough alone for now and see what Lionel’s gonna do! 

NYC Z-MAN posted:

Both of my new RS11’s lose their ID, so yesterday when I went to start my train up, no go, as they both reset to ENG 1. So, I thought I’ll just flip the PRG/RUN on each one separately and reprogram them to their original ID without shutting the power off and on. To my surprise they both responded when I ‘set’ them. I hit Train 82  and off they went! Some of you may know this already but it was a learning experience for me! Also, you need to set them up in opposite directions than you normally would to have them operate in a train correctly. These are buggy, but with this new found procedure and the fact that the switch is so easily accessible, I may just leave it well enough alone for now and see what Lionel’s gonna do! 

The RS run long hood forward normally

Moonman posted:
NYC Z-MAN posted:

Both of my new RS11’s lose their ID, so yesterday when I went to start my train up, no go, as they both reset to ENG 1. So, I thought I’ll just flip the PRG/RUN on each one separately and reprogram them to their original ID without shutting the power off and on. To my surprise they both responded when I ‘set’ them. I hit Train 82  and off they went! Some of you may know this already but it was a learning experience for me! Also, you need to set them up in opposite directions than you normally would to have them operate in a train correctly. These are buggy, but with this new found procedure and the fact that the switch is so easily accessible, I may just leave it well enough alone for now and see what Lionel’s gonna do! 

The RS run long hood forward normally

Yes I realize this. You need to set them in opposite directions in a train, the lead locomotive has the be reversed, and the rear locomotive set as if going forward. Trust me, I have many years of understanding what goes into setting this stuff up and it is indeed backwards. I’ve set up two trains using brand new RS11’s configured in long nose forward and both exhibit the same symptom.

That sucks! I would not have ordered if I knew that. I use to get excited about ordering a new train, but now it brings anxiety. I did order from an Authorized dealer and Lionel does have a good warranty department. I just hate having to send my new train in for repair and waiting and hoping UPS does not destroy it like my Lionchief RS 4 years ago. 

I purchased this diesel last year...the only diesel I own...obviously I like Halloween stuff. I have not run it since last year and I recall it remembered its ID over the course of the week or so I ran it; does the reprogrammed ID get "lost" over time? I need to dig it out and re-check as its likely coming on the 1-year warranty date.

Bought one last year but haven't had the chance to run it yet.  Will be changing the train out on the office ceiling layout soon, though!  I don't normally venture outside of a few roadnames, but the office loop gives me a bit of freedom from what I plan to do at home.  

I didn't initially get that excited about the Pacific ELX loco when listed, but now that I have the passenger cars I  be looking for one of those, too - esp. if it also has Halloween sounds.  A single RS-11 looks a bit silly at the head of a passenger train, though maybe if they were to make a 2nd road number....

- Neal

I checked my EOLT RS-11 today, and it did not come up with its programmed ID. I set the ID again, powered down, and waited a bit, and was able to call it up successfully. However, its obvious now that over time the ID is "lost." It's a bummer to send back to Lionel for something like this, risk damage in shipping, something going wrong when they have it, etc. 

FWIW: My RS-11 "remembered" its re-programmed ID, day 2. Yet, given it lost it over time (from last year to yesterday), and given other people's experiences, I surmise it will eventually lose it again. It's not a big deal to re-program, but since this engine will be part of a lashup, it would be a PITA to have to re-program.

I don't understand how it remembers it's ID short term and loses it long-term.

Day 5 of re-programming and my ELTX RS-11 is "remembering" its ID, #13 Each operation session I am putting it through various operations, the usual stuff, tower com, crew talk, aux 1 (great wolf howling sounds BTW), backwards, forwards, bell (another great sound effect), and so far so good on ID retention.

Yet, from last year to a week ago, the ID was "lost" and necessitated re-programming.

I am 99% positive that I programmed it last year to engine #13, because I likened its engine # to the "Friday the 13th" horror flicks from my youth  and it is my usual practice to program a Lionel engine after initial test run.

This is perplexing. I reckon I'll keep playing with it and if it retains memory for more than a month or two, I won't send it back...but the 1-year warranty period is rapidly approaching. For the price of these things, it'd be nice to have a multiple year warranty.

 

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