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Wiring
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 30, 2001 1:51 PM
I have an electrical problem with my railroad. My engines keep stalling and I have to nudge them to get them going again. I rewired it several times. I am able to do this because I have only ten blocks. Can anyone tell me what the solution is to this problem?

Thanks.

Richard
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 30, 2001 2:02 PM
Richard, Hard to tell based on what little information you gave as to a problem. Where are thye stalling? On turnouts? On straight level track? Across crossings? If its intermitent its not a wiring problem. First thing I would check would be dirty rails, followed by dirty wheels. Then see if the locomotives have dirt, dust, hair inside on the commutator brushes or on other engine parts. Are the gears binding inside tghe locomotives? They might be dirty. Then I'd check the rail joiners to see if they are loose or rusty. Then I'd check the solder joints that connect the wires to the rail. Then the solder joints in the block switches. Cold solder joints may look fine but in reality they are just barely contacting.

Start with wheels and rails first..

Hope that helps..

John in Jax
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 30, 2001 7:53 PM
Richard, if indeed it turns out to be nothing more serious than dirty wheels & track then you must go to the following clean up site.
www.ttx-dcc.com/technews/clean_machine.htm
The underscore_line between clean _& machine is correct in the URL

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