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My lionel train loses power when it hits a switch track, when the transformer is not on full power. if the train is running on full power, the light just flickers, but at 75% power, the train stops at the left handed manual switch.

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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?

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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I had the same dilema and trains are not new to me. Look under the piece of straight track that has a notch in it for the wiring. There will be a clip to hold the wire and a piece of plactic that looks like a block. One either side of that is a metal tab that one end of the wiring slides over. Actually each piece of the Fastrack has one of these. Only one has a notch but you can notch any one.
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Posted on Dec 04, 2009

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SOURCE: The Cw 80 watt transformer

If you have a volt meter you can check the rails for power, Check the transformer wiring to the first rail connection and then along the rails for loss loose connection(s). If you have power to the rails it is an issue with the Engine, Check any brush or rail riders (connections) for a bent or broken tab. If for a temp fix in a broken connection tab or brush you can use Tin foil. Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010

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See link below to PDF file with instructions to your transformer. It looks like you are correct with regards to the wiring with what I can see in the manual.

Hope this helps and good luck

www.lionellines.com/files/manuals/KW_Manual.pdf

Posted on Aug 04, 2011

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SOURCE: I have a Lionel ZW transformer older version

bad track connection.... clean the track with dry scotchbite pad, then wipe with soft cloth, or the connection pins are loose in the track. tighten with needle nose pliers

Posted on Nov 20, 2011

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