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The train keeps jumping off the track


Is the track properly and carefully put together? Is one or more sections damaged take one of the cars and gently push it around watching in those places where the train derails. If it only happens at a track joint look at it more carefully.

Nov 30, 2013 | Lionel Trains The Polar Express O Gauge...

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I just built a model railway but my train will not run?


If your train is not running you should check the 6 following things:

1. Is the train sitting on the Track?

2. Check All Electrical Connections.

3. Clean Track and Wheels.
4. Check the Power Supply.
5. Check the train is working (try putting another train on the track)
6. Check the Track and Wires.

You should be able to locate the problem by doing the above checklist.

Jan 10, 2013 | 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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Electric train set stop and goes when it goes over certain parts of the tracks do I need to clean the tracks or the wheels and what do I use to correct this issue?


1: make sure all track connections are tight.
2: clean the track using a Green 3M scratch pad
or a track eraser.
3: clean your wheels, some people use smoke fluid
on a cloth, I use alcohol prep pads,. A track eraser
can also be used. there are commercial wire brush
cleaners that connect to your power source.

Nov 05, 2011 | Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine Train and...

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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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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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Where can I purchase more track for this toy train set? CAT Iron Diesel Train Set found at ToysRUs, Meijer, Target.... The track included makes a small oval, would like to have more track so the train...


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Dec 29, 2009 | Toy State CAT Iron Diesel 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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