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I have 14 volts getting to the track from both a Type 1033 and another smaller transformer. Engine will light up and hum, but will not move

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Check the engine motor and second car motor with a digital multimeter for continuity. Make sure the track is connected properly. Also probe the transformer and see if it is sending out power to the track

Posted on Dec 20, 2010

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It sounds as though you may have two defective transformers. Lionel has reported problems with some of their smaller transformers. I would have the transformers and the engines checked by a Lionel service station or contact their customer service department for help.

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try reversing your wires from the transformer to the track.

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