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Lifelike Proto 2000 0-8-0 problems

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Lifelike Proto 2000 0-8-0 problems
Posted by parts323 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:47 PM

Hello guys, A close frined is having a problem with a Lifelike Proto 2000 0-8-0 that he recently acquired. The loco runs fine in forward and all sounds operate correctly, but when you put it in reverse, it does not move and just blows the whistle. Any ideas? I am thinking bad sound decoder?

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:57 PM

sounds like a bad decoder.

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Posted by Autonerd on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:21 PM
Did you try resetting the decoder to factory defaults? That'd be my first step.
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Posted by ATSFGuy on Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:21 AM

Do those life like 0-8-0's run well? Are they weighted properly?

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:59 AM

Sounds like a decoder problem. Try factory reset as suggested. Fact that the whistle blows suggests some CVs are messed up.

Proto 2000 steam engines generally run very well, although some early Life-Like ones didn't pick up electricity through the tender trucks, so would stall like on a crossing or turnout.

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Posted by tstage on Friday, November 17, 2017 8:41 AM

ATSFGuy

Do those life like 0-8-0's run well? Are they weighted properly?

I have 1st run and 2nd run Life-Like Proto 2000 0-8-0s and each of them runs VERY smoothly.  As Stix mentioned, the 2nd runs came with the additional pickup in the tender so they were better over insulated/non-powered frogs and didn't stall.

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Posted by parts323 on Friday, January 12, 2018 7:44 PM
Thanks for the replies gentlemen. We reset the decoder to factory settings and it is working fine.

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