Certain Spots of the track

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Certain Spots of the track
Posted by MrMus on Sunday, December 1, 2019 8:24 PM

In certain spots the train on the track slows down. Wonder why? (Lionel FastTrack) and oh! One more question. Were do I put the wire (In image) on the track? and what does it do.. (Sorry im a newbie!)


Image for wire- https://ibb.co/prtSzc3

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Posted by TrainLarry on Monday, December 2, 2019 10:02 AM

The train slows down because there is a voltage drop between track sections. Make sure the connections between tracks are clean and tight. If your layout is large, you man need to add additional power feed wires to track at the farthest point from your transformer. Use heavy gauge wire to minimize voltage drops in the wire itself.

Where does the wire in your picture come from? If it comes from the transformer, it should go to the connections underneath the Fastrack. If it is a feeder wire, it powers up the track. If not, we need more information.



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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, December 2, 2019 6:10 PM

Welcome aboard!

Here's your pic:

I agree, we need more info.  The set number would go a long way.


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Posted by BigAl 956 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:47 AM

All track systems, no matter the type, a power feed is only good for up to 10' of track. If you are building a larger circle make sure all track connections are solid and tight and there are no missing pins. Run a second set of wires, at least 18 guage, in parrallel to another track farther away from the first feed. Crimp .110 female spade lugs to the ends of the wires and push them onto the terminals on the underside of the track.

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Posted by lionelsoni on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 11:08 AM

Faston or quick-disconnect, not a spade lug.

A spade lug is a forked terminal for use under a screw and has no female counterpart.  A female Faston mates with Fastrack.

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 2:39 PM

Joined 1-21-2011    TCA 13-68614

Kev, From The North Bluff Above Marseilles IL. Whistling


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