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I have a 97 blazer with power driver seat and only one track is working. The other track is stuck


time to take the seat out
and inspect the track

power by motor one side

something on that stuck track broken or out of sync

Jan 22, 2017 | 1997 Chevrolet Blazer

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I am having trouble getting power from transformer to track without the wires getting hot. Engine does not have enough power to go around the track. Track is new


There's a short circuit at a switch or crossover. Did you put insulators on the track connectors to eliminate this condition? If the wires don't get hot without the engine on the tracks then look into a bad motor in the engine.

Jan 26, 2015 | Crafts & Hobbies

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Why is the locomotive sparking while going on the track


The train gets it's power from the track. the spark, as long as it is small, is normal. it just means the wheels left the track for a second

Nov 10, 2011 | Lionel The Polar Express Train Set

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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.

Aug 22, 2011 | Lionel Postwar Parts Zw-99 Transformer...

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Purchased a Lionel New York Central Flyer Operating Freight Expansion Pack with a coal dumper. My set runs on O-gauge track, not fas track, but the magnet operation appears to be the same. The coal...


The magnet may not have enough punch using track power. Recommend you use an aux power source fixed 10 to 13VAC supply and not track power. There may also be a slight + difference between the track magnet head and the plate on the coal car so that there is insufficient force to release the dump mechanism.

Apr 22, 2011 | Lionel New York Central Flyer

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My new lionel train slows down on far side of the track


There is bad contact in the track connections. You can sand the track connection sites. Another method is to run another power wire to the other end of the track where the train slows down. Even better is 3 or 4 evenly spaced power wires from the transformer to the track.

Jan 26, 2011 | Lionel New Haven Freight Train Set

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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.

Dec 05, 2009 | New Bright 384 Holiday Express Animated...

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No power to track and/or train. Power to Holiday Express Train


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.

Nov 27, 2009 | New Bright 384 Holiday Express Animated...

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