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Kato N scale engine wont run...??? new train set

The power to the track seems to be good the caboose light goes on, but the engine does not move when putting it into forward or reverse, is there a wheel lock or on of switch ect?????

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SOURCE: bachmann overland locomotive has trouble staying on tracks

hit it with a bigger hammer!

Posted on Feb 19, 2009


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SOURCE: New Bright Model #183 - how do I make the train

This train set is very particular and getting it to work each Christmas is a family tradition in frustration. First you must make sure that all the pieces of track are connected properly and that the track is perfectly symmetrical and flat. We double-check the battery positions every year and find one in wrong. There are + and - signs, but they're hard to see; use a flashlight. There is a black toggle switch below and behind the red stack that toggles forward (to make the train go forward) and backwards (reverse); straight out perpendicular to the train is the "stop" position. Also, you have to start at a stop/switch station. One other note: behind the red stack, there is a smaller black stack. If you turn this, you can make smoke come out of the stack. I think I remember someone suggesting a drop of cooking oil. Hope this helps!!! Hope you get it set up for Christmas!!!

Posted on Dec 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Good evening! We have a KATO P42 Superliner N

Here are the only manuals I can find for you.

http://www.digitrax.com/ftp/dn163k0a.pdf

http://www.modelrectifier.com/resources/trainsound/0001664.pdf

You can also contact MRC at link below.

http://www.modelrectifier.com/contactus/index.asp

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

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Locomotive moves then stops


If your locomotive continuously starts then stops, when prodded with hand/finger repeats process. Then most likely, first check your electric connection for a loose connection. If everything looks ok, check wheels on locomotive for dirty wheels, then check track for dirty track.

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http://www.newbright.com/public/electric-train-faq

http://www.newbright.com/images/Manuals/384%20ws%20manual.pdf

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That means that your track is dirty. Your locomotive is picking up dirt from the track, which builds up. on the wheels. Use a track cleaner NOT alcohol... the alcohol does leave a residue on the track after it dries.

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I have power to the track and the controller, but not the train.


I assume you have the Treetop Tender car on the track? The treetop tender is car that makes the electrical connection between the track and the train.

1. Use a volt meter across the track. You should have about 10.5VDC on the track (anywhere on the track)
2. Even without the Loco on the track, the Treetop Tender should light up if you have power to the track. If you have power and the tender does not light. Check the brushes located between the wheels on the tender. These are the motor brushes that pick up the current from the track for the train set. Make sure they are contacting the track.
3. Add the loco to the track and plug in the large black plug from the tender to the loco. Turn on the power and press forward. The train should start rolling.

Try all the functions, bells, ho ho ho, all aboard etc ..

Add one car at a time and make sure that each one lights up before moving on to the next.

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Train powers up,lights go go.Press forward and it just buzzes.Doesn't move. New Bright said it's the 'Tender Car ".


The tender car supplies power from the track to the entire trian.
Make sure the train will run with just the Loco and the tender. Make sure the tender is securely plugged in to the Loco and make sure the the brushes under the wheels on the tender (this is how power gets from the track to the train) are in contact with the track. Finally use a scotch brite pad (DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL) to clean up the track a little.

You can also take a volt meter and measure for DC between the rails. You should have about 10.5VDC on the track. (Inside rail is neg on mine and outside is pos) ...

Hope this helps..

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Check the power circuit that goes to the track if there is an open circuit, open circuit means, break or cut line that can not flow the current going to the track to give a power to the train, ok.

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Make sure you the wheels on the cars are actually rolling and not sliding (being drug down the track) Most of the animation is down mechanically as the set moves.

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Sounds like the wheels may be dirty on the one . Have you tried cleaning them? The noisey one may need a little grease on the gears. The one that does not move but lights up, not sure. Have you tried to take the body off and see if a wire is disconnected?
Try going on line and look for a group on Yahoo Groups for N-scale. They will probably be more helpful and you will get more information about N scale trains. Good luck!
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