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Reconnecting tranformer wires (red & black) to underside of FasTr

Which posts do I slide the connectors on under the FasTrack? They were accidentally pulled out.

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The red wire goes to the center terminal, and the black to the outer one.

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I am having problems with Lionel Fastrack layout. When I put electrics to the layout the green light comes on and I think all is ok. However as and when I start to increase the power the red light A.


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I have a Lionel ZW transformer older version 1955-1956, And lately my train loses power at one area of the track and then regains power again. This happens on both the outside and inside tracks.


This does not appear to be a problem with the ZW. The XFMR does not know anything about train location on the track. It appears to be a track connection problem on the center or outside tracks or both. One way to identify a bad connection is to take a parallel wire from the common and hot terminal of the ZW and connect directly to the area of track where the train stops and slows down. If this cures the problem then I recommend checking the tightness of the three track connections. For both FasTrack and Tubular, crimp slightly the pin receiving holes in the end of the track.

Note: For both tubular and Fasrtrack it is recommended that common track power for any one section be input to the track at more than one point. In this way one bad outter or center conductor won't cause the train to slow up or stop.

If FasTrack, you can solder directly to the tabs on the track underside for a permanent connection.

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I have a problem with a Lionel locomotive stopping when going over a switch. I used to use Atlas O and now use Fastrack with the same problem.


I have had the same problem with FasTrack remotes. I noticed a lot of car wheel sparking on the outter rail which is V shaped with the turning entry part of the switch. I put electrical tape oven the approximately 1 1/2 inch part of the switch on the straight away. Problem solved. The problem has a lot to do with where the center pickup roller is relative to the wheels (common side of power).

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Also found that a problem with the common side connections using the 1.75 and 1.375" fillers. For some odd reason, Lionel quality control??????. The pin to rail connection is loose on all my fillers. I finally, after getting disgusted, removed all 18 fillers and wired (flow soldered) the connections from the pin dot point to the rail foldovers. Virtually all my electrical problems were solved. I also noted that in some cases, especially the 30" rails, the crossover strap is only crimped down. I advise putting a solder blob on all crossover straps in your setup. This will help when there there is a bad common connection in one or more points in the layout.

I have suffered beyond belief using the FasTrack remote switches. The extremes of poor quality control are evident in these Lionel products. I now have two that have intermittent control indicator lights. It is not worth the effort, they are still under warantee, to remove these switches and send to repair. The first repair resulted in a switch I simply threw away.

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My 2-8-4 Locomotive stops at the right hand switch and will not reverse. It is the only train of my three that does this


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Answer a number of questions:
Is the tranformer power adequate for the train and is it a working tranformer?
Will the train run by connecting the wires directly to the two points of the train (wheels and center rail connector)?
Are the tracks new?
Is the lockon new?

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