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sloppy running
Posted by Trax21 on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 5:37 AM
Hi, I just recently finished putting together a small lay out on a 5' X 6' L. It is an n scale layout but I seem to be having problems with power. I am new to this so any pointers would be helpful. Here is my problem. I have a single outside loop with 3 spurs and a small marshaling yard. The train does run but is very jump almost like it is not getting the power it needs. Any ideas on what my problem could be? (FYI I have 2 power packs a proto 1000 and a Bachman EZ command. I only have the standard dc hooked up right now as I am waiting for decoders to come in so I can convert over.)
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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 7:22 AM
Clean the locos wheels and clean the track. See if that helps. Also make sure that all rail joiners are tight.

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Posted by dadret on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 7:45 AM
I agree - most likely dirty track and/or wheels
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Posted by Trax21 on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 11:34 AM

Thanks, Any suggestions on what the best way to clean the loco wheels are

 

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Posted by jamnest on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 12:22 PM
How many jumper wires do you have from you power supply to your track and what is the guage of the wire?

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 1:09 PM
 Trax21 wrote:

Thanks, Any suggestions on what the best way to clean the loco wheels are

 

fold a paper towel in two, lay it on the track and pour some alcohol on it. Put the loco on the track so that one one truck is on the rails and put the other truck on the alcohol soaked paper towel. While gently holding the loco in place put the power to it. The wheels will spin on the wet bpaper towel and the gunk will come off. Then just turn the loco arond and repeat with the other truck.

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Posted by Trax21 on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 2:14 PM

 jamnest wrote:
How many jumper wires do you have from you power supply to your track and what is the guage of the wire?

I don't have any. Would that help? I'm new to this so I am unaware of things like this. I just have the stock wires the came with the power pack

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 2:18 PM
I generally solder feeder wires about every six feet and I solder all rail joints, including those at the turnouts. The only breaks in my tracks are insulating gaps that I cut when I laid the track. The layout was originally built for standard DC operation.

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Posted by Rotorranch on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 2:41 PM
 Trax21 wrote:

Thanks, Any suggestions on what the best way to clean the loco wheels are

I use a Kadee Speedi Driver wheel cleaner.

 http://www.kadee.com/htmbord/page159.htm

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Posted by jeffrey-wimberly on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 2:44 PM
I've got one of those little jewels too. Works like a charm.

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