BLI engines are known to have cracked gears. It is very easy to replace the gear and BLI has new gear for $1.00 plus shipping. It will take about an hour to replace, you will need a wheel puller. Make sure you quarter the wheels (Make sure it in gage)
From: QSIndustries@groups.io [mailto:QSIndustries@groups.io] On Behalf Of cvlwrnut@...
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:10 PM
Subject: [QSIndustries] BLI Locomotive that won't move
I am brand new to the forum, and I recently acquired a BLI 2-8-2 steam locomotive (my first BLI, decorated as a Southern, #6326) at an estate sale. I run DC on my layout, and understand that these locos will work on DC. When I powered it up, it made all the steam/pumps/etc. sounds, but didn't move. I contacted BLI, and they determined that the loco is over 15 years old, and QSI equipped. I decided to buy a QSI Sidekick on ebay, and it works great (controls whistle and bell fine, but the loco still wouldn't move. To make a long story short, BLI suggested I "reset" the loco, and I did so, using the remove/replace the black jumper method. When I did this, I got three hoots from the whistle, which indicates that a reset was accomplished. However, upon powering up again, no movement, but I did get some vague rumbling sounds from the loco.
BLI actually suggested that I pose my questions here on this forum, so I'm asking if anyone else had had a similar experience, and how did you resolve it?