Berkshire President posted:
Peter Araujo posted:
JFC454 posted:
Peter Araujo posted:

I also noticed that tender on my 3985 doesn't work. No sounds, no function, no nothing out of it. The engine works fine by the way. What shall I do to fix this?

Did it ever work?  Mine worked for a day and then went completely dead.  No lights or sounds.   I ran it anyway for a few hours and then, all of a sudden, while it was running it came back to life.  I had performed several engine resets, but nothing had worked until it decided all by itself to work again.  The engine section had no problems, just the tender.

A little update: I just fixed mine yesterday. I gave the tender itself a little kickstart with my Z4000 transformer, and that did the trick. Now the tender works properly as it should.

What, exactly, do you mean by gave the tender a kick start?

I placed the tender on the tracks, and applied 18-20 volts of power to the track.

Peter Araujo posted:

I placed the tender on the tracks, and applied 22 volts of power to the track.

YIKES!   This is a VERY bad idea!  Max voltage specification for Legacy is 19V.  I can't imagine how over voltage "fixed" anything, clearly there was actually nothing wrong.

Peter,  I would be curious if the power plug to the tender sound board is making/not making contact because the wires have a lot of tension from the bundled wrap inside the tender and pull on the contacts.  You might want to check the plug the next time the tender acts up.  I had to pull a little extra gray power wire from the bundle and re-plug it into the sound board.  It is fine now.

I would not go over 18 volts on Legacy equipment.  I run my ZWL at 17 volts with the 990 Remote.

I like my eggs fried, but not my engine boards.

Sincerely, John Rowlen

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