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??? not sure why a evolution would have a smoke unit in it , but anyways its possible that trains were shipped with only a small amount of smoke fluid in them (makes shipping less messy) a bottle of smoke fluid and a few drops of this wonderful stuff is all you should need to get your engine smoking again
First verify wire connections (use a Volt/Ohm meter if you have one). Second, verify RESISTANCE in the smoke unit coil wire. Chances are it will be "Open" and reading zero (0) resistance. Acquire new wiring through eBay or Amazon ... and re-wrap the wiring as per the number of wraps as per your Lionel Repair Manual.
Check that you have added the smoke fluid (oil) to the engine and that it has not run dry. The smoke from the engine is generated by a small chamber with a heating element built in. The heating element gets hot as the loco runs and heats the smoke fluid up which in turn creates the steam/smoke. If there is no fluid the heating element can over heat and will smell as you describe. Not sure if your model has a smoke effect on/off switch, if it has switch it off if you do require the smoke effect.
Look for a small opening with little white tabs that can be moved up and down, on both the train and the remote. All the tabs must be in the same position. ( Same thing on a garage door opener.)
If that's not it, make sure the batteries are in correctly in both items, reversed batteries will run lites and such, but not remote controls.
This goes back about 40 years for me. Both Lionel and TYCO had "smokers" in their train sets. My recollection was that the "special smoke oil" was a mixture of very highly refined kerosene and parafin wax. Try a hobby shop such as Hobby Town or some such.
You may have to check if there is power to the heating element. You can also check to see if there is too much fluid. You can also put the engine in neutral and tap the chimney hole a few time to kind of "prime" the smoke unit.