I received my PRR Legacy E8s back today. The dealer's repair department found the cause of the intermittent dead short (a wire had come unsoldered) and repaired it. The repair slip stated that the technician ran the set for over an hour. This afternoon I placed the set on the track and it wouldn't move in either direction. The front truck was just spinning its wheels. I took off the access hatch and saw that the rear motor was turning, so I took the unit to my workbench and found that the idler gear that drives the front wheels of the rear truck (the ones with traction tires, of course) was missing. I found the gear in the box insert but not the pin. I called the dealer and the person who did the repair had just left for the day.
Is this pin pressed in? Does anyone know if this problem can be fixed in the field, or am I looking at sending the set back again? (Not that I *have* the pin.) I might note that the powered unit ran fine before, when it wasn't shorting out. I knew something was wrong when today it couldn't move the same train I had pulled with it before.
Lionel's sounds can't be beat, but I'm frustrated, and with this experience I will have to think long and hard before I buy any more of their products. I have never had trouble like this with my trains of other brands. How are the rest of you faring with your Legacy E8's?