Polar Express Smokestack I just received my train and love it, however, I expected to see more puffs of smoke from the train after reading reviews. I can't hardly ever see any and wonder if...
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Polar Express Smokestack I just received my train and love it, however, I expected to see more puffs of smoke from the train after reading reviews. I can't hardly ever see any and wonder if mine is defective?
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Well...I finally saw smoke...lots and lots of it! The only drawback is that I have to run it on full speed to get it to work! And with all that noise, who wants that? But it was really neat! Mine will run both directions. I didn't know that about the warranty but Amazon replaced my first one and had it shipped to me within 2 days. I just dropped the first train off at UPS yesterday and didn't pay a thing. They also didn't charge me for the second one...only if I didn't get the first one back within 30 days. Maybe you should try that. Hope it works for you.
I have seen one faint wisp of smoke, thats all. I have verified switch settings, added more drops, and run it longer and faster .. all to no avail. Also the unit will not run in reverse regardless of switch setting. The owner's manual says their warranty applies only to units from an "Lionel Authorized Retailer". Note Added 12/17: I called Lionel and was told they will honor their warranty on trains purchased from Amazon. I will get it repaired.
(this is from Retta's husband a train buff)You need to "warm up" the smoke units on lionel's. plug the transformer in ,put engine and train on track,turn your transformer up 3/4 with TRAIN IN NEUTRAL (3 position "E" unit) for 2 mins to allow the smoke generator to heat up BEFORE you run the train in forward or reverse that should help your smoke production
I sent my original back and my second train doesn't work any better as far as the smoke is concerned. I've tried adding more drops and speeding up the train and running for longer but I cannot tell that it makes a difference. It is disappointing given how much the train costs.