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 Posted: Sun Mar 1st, 2020 11:04 pm
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Reg H

Joined: Sun Oct 19th, 2014
Location: Shelton, USA
Posts: 1025

Oh yes. 
My other locomotives operate just fine.

I clipped test leads to the track and to the pickups. 
I got the very slow speed turning of the motor,
and only in one direction, as before.

I confirmed continuity between the wheels and the pick ups. 
I can see the wires all the way from the pickups to the decoder. 

I confirmed that the wires are firmly soldered to the pickups,
and that there is continuity from the wheels to the solder point.

Still the same response.

I checked to be sure the motor was properly isolated. 
My meter says it is and it appears to be isolated,
by the plastic mounting bracket.  

Checked for shorts. 
None detected.

I set the locomotive on the programming track,
and did the CV8 routine.
The controller said it was good.

Reprogrammed the decoder with a new address,
and some adjustments to 002, 005 and 006.  
Controller said all that was good.

Good news. 
The humming and slow turning of the motor are gone. 
But the locomotive would not respond.

Took apart one of the trucks,
so I could check continuity between the pickups.
At the point the wires are soldered to the pickups
(checking the solder joints in the process, which were solid)
and the connection point on the decoder. 
Complete open! 
Both black and red!

I can see the wires! 
They are completely intact, and not in contact with any moving parts. 
Besides, if that were truly the case, how could I program the decoder? 

It is beyond belief that there really is no continuity,
from one end of the wires to the other. 

And why would the motor respond at all (before CV8 to 008),
if there was no continuity between the pickups and the decoder? 
Makes no sense. 

It would be nice if ESU used edge connectors like Digitrax,
so I could just unplug one decoder, and plug in another. 

I am not sure what I am going to do next. 
Because ESU decoders are hardwired, replacing the decoder is a major undertaking. 
All for naught if it is not the decoder. If I replace the decoder, I will go Digitrax.  

I wasn't going to tackle this project yet, but I am awaiting a decoder for my SW7 project
(see my thread under "Logging & Mining"). That part is supposed to arrive on Tuesday. 

I thought it would be entertaining if I could get the SW1200 sorted out,
(I am starting to sound like my friend in Great Britain) while awaiting the decoder. 
If I haven't figured out the SW1200 by then, it will go on the shelf for awhile.  

I essentially paid nothing for the locomotive. 
I bought a collection of items, one of which, other than the locomotive,
is worth at least the purchase price for the lot. 

I really like this locomotive. So...if worst comes to worst,
I just might buy a new Lifelike SW1200 (with decoder) and swap the chassis. 
But that will have to wait until my checking account recovers from large, recent hits. 

Meanwhile, working through this challenge is a good deal of fun. 
Yeah, I know.  I'm kind of twisted.


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