I recently unboxed this gorgeous P5a Electric - the GG1 look alike not the box cab - and powered it up for the first time. I have it since new so its been quite a few years. Right off the bat I think I goofed because I did not install the voltage suppressor diodes and I used an old ZW transformer. The engine ran for around 15 minutes but I was not able to control anything and would get it to run as a fluke by manipulating the throttle and whistle buttons. But once I got it running it was fine and all the sounds worked perfectly. But if I shut it off it was a crap shoot to get it running again by pushing buttons.
Anyway at one point I thought I saw a small flash and that was it dead as a door nail. No lights no sound no nothing stone cold dead. So I assume I fried the board. The manual didn't mention a battery so I don't know if there is a battery in it.
If something simple fried like a capacitor I can fix it but if its a chip I think it may be better to just replace the board. I don't know if these boards are available.
Also, the manual mentions a "bell button". What the heck is that?
Thanks - AL