I have a Lionel PRR Y3 from the early RS5.0 days with a SSMU-something or other smoke unit that seems to lose synch with the chuff. It will follow the chuff input for a while then sort of lag a bit, getting a random puff every few chuffs. It can regain synch after stopping .
It takes in half rectified and filtered track power and that is checked out and good. 8.5vac from the ACRG is good when smoke is turned on.
Wondering if this is a common problem with these older units and if anyone has ever seen this and got it fixed. Only other component I could change is the regulator on the smoker itself.