So I don't do well under pressure anymore. Our grandson is here and he wants to run. Last night my upgraded PS3 Allegheny started acting up. The playable horn would work and then not work? I thought it might be the smoke unit causing an issue again as it did last year. So I turned it off. The engine continued to run and we used the regular whistle. All of a sudden it slid to an abrupt stop. It was dead. No sound or control. Well it sounded like the smoke unit was running with a funny sound and no control. I tried it on conventional with the smoke actually unplugged and still fully dead.
This morning he wants to run again. So I put some reliable diesels on the rails and started running. All went well until he complained the sound was cutting out. I noticed that on one part of the layout the 2 diesels in consist would both lose sound only? I could control speed and with a horn blast the ditch lights would flash, but no sound. Each time this happened around the loop the sounds would restore itself on both engines on various points of the loop within that same block and the same TIU channel.
My mind is spent from failures yesterday, and this sound cutting out has me baffled. So what's causing it?
Signal is perfect ten on this outer loop (both blocks, both TIU channels). The same TIU is powering the inside and outside loops and all are working. Power is good and strong. No problem on the inside loop.
I will try more engines but I'm a little afraid of what might have taken out the Allegheny previously. Unless the Allegheny took out the TIU channel so that it works intermittently? and why only sounds ??? Urggg.