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This is about a Holiday ExprThe engine will run 2/3 of the way around the track and stop. I have cleaned track and wheels with alcohol.I notice that the contacs seem wore down. Can they be purchased?

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It sounds like you have eliminated the motor as the problem. Try cleaning all of the electrical contacts including the connections between rail sections and the hot rail with fine steel wool (make sure you clean up all of the remaining steel wool bits since they are conductive). If that doesn't work, look at the transformer output.

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You should have a transformer with 110 volts ac (household voltage) going in. Coming out should be low voltage dc (direct current) varing from zero to about 15 volts dc. You can measure it with a voltmeter set on dc volts and a 20 volt scale. See if you get voltage out when you turn up the speed of the train - dial. You can test with a 12 volt parking lamp from the auto store or Kmart.
Check for a rest buton on the transformer and also read the transformer and owner manual for the voltage specs. 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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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
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3: clean your wheels, some people use smoke fluid
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I have power to the train and it runs but it moves extremely slowly and sommetimes comes to a stop.


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.

Finally, the problem may lay in the power pack (inverter) itself. I personally don't bother trying to fix a power pack, but if you know your electronics you could run some tests of the output voltage to the track, and the voltage on the track at various points. Again, it's not worth the time or effort to mess with the power pack unless you know what you're doing. You could get seriously injured or killed by the voltage/amperage running through those things. They even have enough stored electricity after they're unplugged to cause some nasty electrical burns from the capacitors.

Hope this helps and you're able to fix the problem so you can get back to enjoying the train set. I've always enjoyed watching them for hours, especially when I set up my track around the Christmas tree every year! Good luck!

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