Every so often, some people start raging on the train forums, or even in the pages of the magazines, about modern electronics in modern O gauge trains. The modern electronics make the model trains sound just like real trains, but eventually heat and power surges take their toll, the board goes poof, and now that $2,000 toy train doesn’t work anymore and needs a $300 replacement circuit board.
And by the time that happens, that $300 replacement circuit board might be out of production, and no longer available at any price.
Which has led to countless calls for some enterprising hobbyist to become a multimillionaire by inventing a $50 replacement board that works on every train.
There are several reasons for the situation. Continue reading Why you can’t get a $50 replacement sound/control board for your modern Lionel train