I recently bought a Lionel PRR GG-1 6-18313 as brand new and never run. I don't have the space to work on my locomotives so I had to send it to a local train shop. They fixed the magnet problems that I learned about on this forum. An added expense for sure, but it beats the heck out of having to replace a damaged motherboard from running it without this repair. Thanks for the info.
I now want to add to my electrics roster with EP-5-s, S1's and S2's, Bi-Polars, etc. For the life of me I cannot understand why Lionel doesn't have an overhead catenary system for all of the GG-1's they have manufactured. Seems like a no brainer. You build locos with working pantographs but no related systems to operate them as intended. Why would that even be choice? I know from looking in this forum that Lionel had pondered the subject, but never acted on it. MTH doesn't make that system anymore and eBay is so erratic, sometimes they have it, most of the time they don't.
It's looking more and more like scratch built is the way to go. With my work schedule and the typical honey-do list, it's going to take a lot longer than I anticipated. I've seen the beauty of these systems in action on YouTube.