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On the subject of (MTH) HO Little Joes I have a mystery for anyone that interested. I have a New old stock HO GE DEMO Little Joe with a weird problem. I have to fiddle with the trucks while the power is on the track when I get it to come on sometimes it will just sit there not responding to any commands from the Remote. After Resetting and adding it back to the Remote it may come on and work properly. When it's working everything is normal. When I shut it down and remove the power, for 30 minutes or so the same problem reappears. I can fiddle around with it and it will start working again. I'm at a loss for ideas, I've removed the shell and looked for loose connections etc, but nothing I can see or do to make the problem appear or disappear. I've done the obvious things Cleaned track & wheels, looked for loose connections on the PC boards. This engine is new and the problem came with everything else in the box but MTH now has a policy of not doing any in warranty work for engines over 3 years old, I would make a shelf Queen before spending a couple of Hundred bucks on this Rotten egg. Give me your thoughts. Thanks Bill
 

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I have experience with issues like this on equipment. I had an excavator that would loose the dash information and it turned out to be a bad computer. sounds to me like you may have a capacitor that has gone out in the computer board. I would replace the board and that would likely solve your issue. maybe ebay or train show parts find?
 
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