Upgrading the chuffing on lionchief plus locomotives

Hello! I own a Milwaukee Road Lionchief Hudson (6-82964) and I wanted to know if theres anyway to modify the engine to have the correct 4 chuffs per revolution. As of right now, it has 2. I do believe that it has a cherry switch inside controlling the chuff, but I dont know if thats adjustable. 

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Not unless Lionel does it.  The LC+ generates the chuffs electronically using the flywheel sensor for timing, they're not generated with a switch.  The LC (no plus) has an optical chopper generating the chuffs.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

Not unless Lionel does it.  The LC+ generates the chuffs electronically using the flywheel sensor for timing, they're not generated with a switch.  The LC (no plus) has an optical chopper generating the chuffs.

That's weird because when I run the locomotive silently I can here the clicks of a cherry switch in the locomotive, unless that's not a cherry switch. This is also with the smoke unit off so it can't be that.

Well, Lionel doesn't think there's a Cherry switch in the 6-82964 Hudson.

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I know there is not one in any LC+ that I've taken apart, and since this has been discussed before here, I'm pretty sure you won't find one when you take it apart.

TheTrainMain posted:
gunrunnerjohn posted:

Not unless Lionel does it.  The LC+ generates the chuffs electronically using the flywheel sensor for timing, they're not generated with a switch.  The LC (no plus) has an optical chopper generating the chuffs.

That's weird because when I run the locomotive silently I can here the clicks of a cherry switch in the locomotive, unless that's not a cherry switch. This is also with the smoke unit off so it can't be that.

More than likely that is the smoke unit puffer lever clanking around.

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I don't know of any way to upgrade the chuff rate on the LC+ steamers as it's generated internally from the flywheel tach reader.  The only people that could do this, and it would be simple for them, is Lionel.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

I don't know of any way to upgrade the chuff rate on the LC+ steamers as it's generated internally from the flywheel tach reader.  The only people that could do this, and it would be simple for them, is Lionel.

Does lionel do that upgrade?

gunrunnerjohn posted:

I don't know of any way to upgrade the chuff rate on the LC+ steamers as it's generated internally from the flywheel tach reader.  The only people that could do this, and it would be simple for them, is Lionel.

And if so how much would it cost and who do I contact?

I seriously doubt that Lionel would entertain doing this for the LC+, they obviously had their reasons for making it a 2-chuff/rev locomotive.  If they were going to do this, they would have done it originally as it's just a software change to the engine.

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