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It will start rolling and then stop, doesnt even go around whole track. I have cleaned track and wheels and strong fresh batties

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Hard to say what exactly is going on, but it's not good. Some part- a relay, transformer, or switch is failing, and if the unit's new, take it back for an exchange or your money back. Whatever is failing is going to most likely require parts to be replaced, which means servicing, and there's no sense in that if it's new and under warranty.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 20, 2010

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I would start by making sure all the connectors on the track are clean and locked together firmly.Wipe off track rails and all electrical connections with clean soft cloth such as a wash rag.Try to not touch electrical connections with bare hands as even small amounts of body oils or hand lotions can interfere with good connections. Check hook ups from transformer to track. Clean electrical pick up points on engine with pencil eraser and soft rag, you can use eraser to clean track surface also.
Hope this is helpful and have a good new year. Thanks

Posted on Dec 28, 2010

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Hi Erin, I have the same train and tracks I am getting ready to sell. Yes, there is a black plastic box type thing under the main part (seat) of the train. If I remember correctly, it snaps off the train and there is a place for "D" batteries to go. The box comes apart from the train and there is a lid that comes off the box which holds the batteries. I hope this helps. My kids had lots of un with this train. Good luck!

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check all track connectors(squeeze lose ones with a needle nosed pliers..check wire from transformer to the track..and during assembly, the track gets any dust on it, the wheels wont make proper contact for the engine to run..) as for the locomotive.. sometimes you can clean the motor brush comutator with a simple pencils' erasure by rotating the motor armature by hand(small as it is) to clean the pickups on this..it will better help to transferr the electric into the motor..sometimes on these track layouts, you need fine grit sandpaper to run across the top of the rails as the manufaturer puts a protective coating on these.. it wont carry power to your train..you can also use the backside of a butterknife drug around the layout a few times with the electric off.. it helps you feel any rough spots on the track/layout..

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I'm assuming the train is track powered with a power pack, and not battery powered, so there's actually a few possible solutions. I'll work from the easiest/cheapest, to the more advanced/expensive.

First, especially if the track is old or been in storage a while, the track may have a thin film of dirt, oil, or rust that is insulating the wheels from picking up the power they need from the track. Try cleaning the track with a mild soap but BE SURE TO DRY IT COMPLETELY before reattaching the power. Also, clean the wheels but use a cotton swab and very little water. One drop inside the motor might destroy it from the inside. You can also try a special track cleaning solution sold at your local hobby shop that has HO model train sets. That will work better, especially on lightly rusted parts. Also, make sure all the track connections are tight and free from contaminants.

Then, if you're feeling brave, you can check the motor of the train itself. Disassemble the locomotive and find the motor inside the housing. Check the wires leading from the wheel area to the motor for any corrosion, or loose/broken wires. If it's not the wires which are easy to solder back in place, I wouldn't recommend going any deeper into the motor as it's better and less frustrating to just buy a whole new set.

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