Question about Crafts & Hobbies

Open Question

OK we just got this train and is not moving very well it is working acts like it don't have enough power. Very frustrating.

Posted by on

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Hello just opened polar express ready to run freight set o gauge Transformer on solid green light lights whistle smoke work All switches to on Train won't budge Any tips Thanks


The instructions are sometimes a bit vague: for example, once switched on the train needs to sit and charge before it runs, but that is not very evident from the instructions and many folks spent some frustrating minutes wondering why the train wouldn't move.

Jan 04, 2014 | Crafts & Hobbies

1 Answer

The train gets no power.


The instructions are sometimes a bit vague: for example, once switched on the train needs to sit and charge before it runs, but that is not very evident from the instructions and many folks spent some frustrating minutes wondering why the train wouldn't move.

Jan 03, 2014 | Lionel The Polar Express Train Set

1 Answer

Not turning on


Have you let the loco charge first? The instructions are a bit vague but the loco needs to charge before it runs. Not easily understood from the instructions and many have spent some frustrating minutes wondering why their train wouldn't move.

Dec 25, 2013 | Lionel The Polar Express Train Set

1 Answer

Lionel train problems


Have you let the loco charge first? The instructions are a bit vague but the loco needs to charge before it runs. Not easily understood from the instructions and many have spent some frustrating minutes wondering why their train wouldn't move.

Dec 24, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

1 Answer

My 1941 Lionel train stops getting enough power to run all the way around the track. Voltmeter says 15 volts around all track and transformer says 15 volts. How do I test engine?


If your sure the loco contacts/wheels are clean and the track is ok then remove the loco bodywork and check the motor. You can apply a 12v supply directly to the motor contacts to test if it's running ok. If it does run ok then suspect and clean the brushes and associated connections. If it does not run try moving the motor armature manually. If it is stuck it is probably time to replace it. If it moves apply a light machine oil and test again.

Dec 16, 2013 | Lionel Trains Classic Freight Train Set

1 Answer

How do I clean the tracks & wheels to stop the short circuit?


Have you let the loco charge first? The instructions are a bit vague but the loco needs to charge before it runs. Not easily understood from the instructions and many have spent some frustrating minutes wondering why their train wouldn't move.

Nov 13, 2013 | Lionel Trains Holiday Express G Gauge...

1 Answer

Have a lionel holiday tradition express. Lights are on, but train won't sing or go forward. Changed batteries and nothing.


Have you let the loco charge first? The instructions are a bit vague but the loco needs to charge before it runs. Not easily understood from the instructions and many have spent some frustrating minutes wondering why their train wouldn't move.

Nov 12, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

1 Answer

I have a tyco ho scale silver streak train set and do not know how the wires connect from the transformer to the track. theres one side for accessories and the other for train


the transformer shave a knob that makes the train go and go faster as you turn it
some have the knob in a central position so that one way is forward and faster or the other way is reverse and faster
accessories is for boom gates , lights , anything else that you have set up to operate besides the train

Aug 05, 2017 | Chattanooga Bachmann HO Scale Train Set

1 Answer

Hi, the code starts with ps and something cylinder. I don't remeber the exact code reading for my 1999 ford wagon.My car is running poor. It act klike it don't want to move fast enough when the car...


You need to find out what the code was. It will po301,2,3,4,5,6. If you have a 4 cylinder you lost 25% of your power, it will run bad. This will cause all sorts of problems. Randy

Jun 09, 2011 | Ford Taurus Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

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!

Dec 19, 2010 | New Bright 384 Holiday Express Animated...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Crafts & Hobbies Logo

Related Topics:

45 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Crafts & Hobbies Experts

R.A. Ellis
R.A. Ellis

Level 3 Expert

10239 Answers

Debbie

Level 3 Expert

1860 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

Are you a Craft and Hobby Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...