Re: No power to track and/or train. Power to Holiday...
The track clip did break at the power source (repaired). However the train would run and stop . By checking with a voltage meter I found voltage to be spuratic. If you examine the second car it has spring loaded contacts (brushes) that actually ride on the track. This will leave a residue on the track . Clean the track with some fine steel wool and your back in business.
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Try new batteries in the controller Be sure they are in correct. The LED light should come on when it has power. Try moving closer to the train. Usually when the red light is flickering is when there is an engine problem. But here is the Manual just in case you did not have one. Also it has a number for lionel Service in there. Good luck. =) http://www.lionel.com/media/servicedocuments/60287110222501.pdf
Yes, additional track is available from several places, such as Hobbylinc.com, and TowerHobbies.com. At this time, just after Christmas, they are out of stock, however. Walthers.com has them in stock (1-4-2011). You can find extra track on sale on eBay, as well. Be sure to get the track with the brass covers, as New Bright sells battery powered trains that use bare plastic track, which will not work with the 384. A Google search will turn up more sources.
There is no On/Off switch on the train. Power goes from wall plug to transformer, then from transformer to track clip, which must be attached to the track. A control line goes from the track clip to the controller. Mine has a green light just above the red On/Off button that will come on even if the engine and tender are not on the track. The tender does all the work, and must be connected to the engine and on the track. There are four sliding contacts between the tender wheels that provide contact with the track.
There is no on/off switch. Remote will give no indication of working. Try putting engine and coal car only and try. I have had this train set for two years and the remote tends to work whenever it wants.
Check some of the other solutins I have posted regarding this issue, but you can check to make sure your track is getting power by using a volt meter set to DC. You should measure 10.5VDC between the tracks.
When you set the Treetop tender on the tracks and turn on the power, the tender car should light up if you have power. When you add the loco and plug in the large black cord from the Tender to the Loco, the train should light up as well. If you are getting power you should then be able to press the forward button and the train should start.
Make sure the clips on the track control box are making contact with the rails on both sides. If your getting power to the track and the tender lights up, you should be good to roll.
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.
I had a similar problem with my 11000 Holiday Tradition Express. I cleaned the track with an eraser (pencil-type) and then used a soft cloth to clean any possible residue. After doing this twice, my train is now running.