I have one of my Challengers running today and after coming out of a curve I saw a spark under the leading tender trucks and I lost the rail sounds. The locomotive runs fine and works perfectly with another tender. It appears that I fried a board in the tender. I lost the chug, crew talk bell and whistle. The steam sounds when just sitting are still there. The tender did not derail nor was there anything on the track to cause a short. I tried resetting the system but that is only for the locomotive and does nothing for the tender rail sounds. The bell started to ring and would not go off until I cut power. Any ideas to correct the problem or should I just send this off to Lionel to fix?
Check the wires that run from the tender's drawbar sensor for damage. Sound like a flange was wearing against the wires and wore through the insulation.
I noticed on mine the wire was in a rather uncomfortable position and repositioned it before I ran the locomotive.
.... The bell started to ring and would not go off until I cut power. Any ideas to correct the problem or should I just send this off to Lionel to fix?
Unfortunately, the incessant bell is a pretty sure indicator that a trip to Canfield is necessary. The good news is that turn around time is two weeks.
Thanks for the responses. I sort of figure that would be the case. I have had other equipment repaired by Lionel and have been very satisfied with their turn around time. I however will not use the local Lionel dealer repair station due to poor performance!