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I have this PS1 subway set https://mthtrains.com/30-2122-1 that I bought from eBay that I just got around to testing. I'm having a hard time getting it running around the track. I replaced the battery, when I power it up the sound comes on and the lights light up but can't get it to move forward. I check underneath to see if the gears move freely and they don't. I tried putting some oil on it, but still haven't been able to budge them. Is this normal or did I get a turd?
 

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It's normal. The wheels don't move freely by hand due to the gearing. The gear on the motor shaft is a worm gear.
 

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What exact sounds are you getting, and what's the sequence when it first powers up?

You do realize that to start PS/1, you need to start at less than 10 volts until it initializes, right?
I think I may just be having a hard time setting up my legacy controller correctly to run this unit if my above comments are normal.
 

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I'm confused, how does the Legacy controller get into the picture with a strictly conventional operation locomotive? This model runs with transformer control.

I suggest downloading the User's Manual for the set and reading that.
I was told that if you purchase a legacy powermaster, it allows the option to use your legacy controller to run conventional trains as well.
 

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OK, I didn't see mention of the PowerMaster, that's why I asked the question. However, before you tinker with a PowerMaster, I'd verify the operation with a conventional transformer. Also, not all PS/1, especially the earlier years, will play will with any chopped waveform transformers. The PowerMaster outputs the same chopped waveform as many electronically controlled transformers.
 
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