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I recently got my ALCO RS1 fixed, it is an older model, Morristown & Erie #15 (link https://archive.atlasrr.com/OLoco/arc-ors1.htm). However, when I use the Lionel legacy remote the engine takes off at max speed even on speed step 1. I am using a Lionel CW80 as a power source set to max power output. I am not sure why the engine is taking off when running in a command environment. The strange thing is that when I run it conventionally the engine does not take off at all. Anyone know how to fix this and I am not wasting more money to fix it.

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Your engine looking at the time frame built. I think was EOB equipped from Atlas. It sounds like the engine will sit silently until you address it with the remote and starts up. It’s only when you move the throttle it takes off. They do have a tach reader that reads the stripes on the flywheel much like DCS for cruise control. The tach reader can go bad.

If you have the factory manual read up on disabling the cruise control if it is EOB equipped. It may get you up and running in command minus the cruise.  You can find the manuals on the Forum in the TMCC section. This can be done with a few button pushes on the remote. Getting to the chassis to check anything on these is an adventure in patience. I’m not that well versed in EOB if that’s what it has. To know why it runs fine in conventional.

I did an extensive wheel flange cleaning with Q-tips and lacquer thinner.  The removal of excess paint on the wheel flanges allowed good rail continuity, along with good cleaning of the center rail contact.  These models had early TAS, (Train America Studio), EOB (Engineer On Board) speed control.  The speed control required some, getting uses to.  The very slow, lagging start, related to how you turn the knob on the hand control was part of the problem.  Once you figured it all out, EOB was a very good operating system,  IMO, Mike CT. 

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