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Thread: Lionel TMCC/Conventional Engine Operation Troubles

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    Default Lionel TMCC/Conventional Engine Operation Troubles

    Today I finished wiring my TMCC system into my one loop of track on my 8 by 8 table. Everything seems to be in working order. I have two conventional engines, one of which is at the shop, the other which hasn't ran in about 2 years. With the Power Master, I followed the instructions to make my engine run, but I was only successful in making it light up.
    Here are the steps I took:
    Turned on System
    TR Button
    1 Button
    AUX1 Button
    0 Button
    Boost Button
    Direction Button

    The engine then went through the sequence of directions, but it showed no effort to move. Is it the engine, or the TMCC?

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    Dumb question, but did you:

    Set your Power Master to CONV and RUN?

    What kind of powersource are you using? (ZW, a Powerhouse brick?)
    Last edited by ICG/SOU; 06-13-2010 at 11:01 PM.
    Take care,

    Trey
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    Freelance modeling of ICG and SOU in early 1980s Mississippi in HO and maybe O

    Member, SRHA, ICHS, GM&OHS

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    Not as dumb as it sounds actually...I know I set it to CONV, but I'll double check that it's set to run, I don't think it is.

    Thanks!

    Charlie

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    Oh...I'm using the powerhouse. Thanks for helping me out!

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    Is the locomotive you're trying to use have sound (or at the minimum, bell and horn/whistle)?

    I have a Weaver GP38-2 I just bought brand spanking new at a local train show. The seller had never run it, and it was, he thought, 6 years old. I asked him to put it on the track to test it, and it hummed and the light came on, but it didn't run. I was going to have TMCC put in it anyway, so it was going off to the Weaver factory that following Monday.

    Turns out, this locomotive had a NiCd battery that operated the bell and horn. When the loco isn't run for a while, that battery begins to loose its charge and ends up fully discharged. If the battery sits not recharged long enough, it will not take a charge when you finally try, by putting the loco on powered track and running it.

    My Atlas O has a similar thing in it (uses some sort of battery for operating the sounds in conventional mode), but I didn't pay attention to the conventional instructions as I've always ran it in TMCC mode. I have a couple traditional O locos, but neither have sound and thus batteries.

    This may be the problem. If so, your instruction manual for the locomotives should help you.
    Take care,

    Trey
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    Freelance modeling of ICG and SOU in early 1980s Mississippi in HO and maybe O

    Member, SRHA, ICHS, GM&OHS

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    Thanks Trey, but this model is from the mid-70s, and I'm pretty sure it had no such battery. I appreciate your time though, as this is good for future reference! Just curious though, how much was it to make it TMCC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICG/SOU View Post
    Dumb question, but did you:

    Set your Power Master to CONV and RUN?

    What kind of powersource are you using? (ZW, a Powerhouse brick?)
    Must be my engine, as I double checked everything and it was set to CONV and RUN. I should have another conventional engine to test with soon.

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    Weaver has a price list on their website. I think it was $250 to install both TMCC with Railsounds and EOB (engineer on board). You have to call to get a Return Authorization number first. They had the install done the day the package arrived, and total turn around was 2 weeks (thanks to UPS ground--it takes twice as long for a package to get here than it does to ship it to the same place).
    Take care,

    Trey
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    Freelance modeling of ICG and SOU in early 1980s Mississippi in HO and maybe O

    Member, SRHA, ICHS, GM&OHS

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