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Ι've just joined 2 ovals 40x60 lionel fastrack, used some other items 2 Lionel 6-12018 FasTrack O-36 MANUAL SWITCH RH, 2 Lionel 6-12017 FasTrack O-36 Manual Switch LH, A few 6-12014 FasTrack 10" Straight Tracks, 1 (6-12020) FasTrack Uncoupling Track, 1 (6 -12029) FasTrack Accessory Activator Pack, 2 terminal tracks, 2 isolated tracks (brakes the same track side) and in between a (6-12027) FasTrack 10" Insulated Track. I have 2 PowerMaxPlus transformers 40W (120V input) what came in my Penn. Flyer and Santa FE sets. At the begining I started by hooking one each of the 2 PowerMaxPlus transformers 40W (120V input) to the system (Transfomers seemed to operate - Lighted Bumper 6-12035 lighted on - the tracks probably had power - BUT NO MOVE) Then I have just made a circle and hooked one of the 2 PowerMaxPlus transformers 40W (120V input) to it, at the beggining just the front light of the engine lighted on - NO MOVE at all-...what happened next ,smoke started coming out from the transformer so I've unplegged it immediately. Then hooked the other transformer to the circle and just the front light of the engine lighted on - NO MOVE at all...- I've tried the other engine and happened exactly the same. No burning transformer this time but still NO MOVE. Ive tried all the possible positions for the engine's switches on/off neutral. Please help

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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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