PVM f3

PVM f3

Postby jmass » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:29 pm

Just purchased a Lionel f3 on eBay with a PVM power train. Has anyone here have any experience adding a sound decoder to this power train and just how difficult a task is it.
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Re: PVM f3

Postby Murad » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:16 pm

Congratulations!
Here is mine :)
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Re: PVM f3

Postby Murad » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:29 pm

I think it's not a really big problem. Just check N-scale sound decoders
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Re: PVM f3

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:06 pm

Murad wrote:Congratulations!
Here is mine :)


Damn that's a good deal.


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Re: PVM f3

Postby Richard-B » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:38 pm

jmass wrote:Just purchased a Lionel f3 on eBay with a PVM power train. Has anyone here have any experience adding a sound decoder to this power train and just how difficult a task is it.
A STEAL!
Re: DCC... the PVM frame is resin, which means there should be fewer issues with shorting...
it does have some metal inside for reinforcement.

I would invest in a roll of Kapton tape... and use it wherever the electronics could touch the shell or anything else metal. Other than that... just follow the decoder install and test instruction.

NB. The decoder SMOKE test is usually considered unnecessary!!!
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Re: PVM f3

Postby jmass » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:55 am

ran the f3 for ten minuets in both directions with no problems. ran for another 15 with freight cars no problems. ran another ten minuets and it started to run in a herky jerky motion slowing down and almost coming to a stop. cleaned wheels and track and had the same results. ? My apologies for the YouTube thing.
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Re: PVM f3

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:08 pm

Could be multiple things. It's hard to tell from the video but it sounds like there may be a broken gear tooth.




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Re: PVM f3

Postby jmass » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:57 pm

Did some major cleaning to electrical contacts and wheels and also switched out the shell to a Pennsylvania rr shell. also the addition of the two new coal hoppers.
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Re: PVM f3

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:20 pm

You gotta start working on some scenery ;)


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Re: PVM f3

Postby jmass » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:28 pm

Soon, hopefully.
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