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Another dead zone cropped up

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Another dead zone cropped up
Posted by RealGomer on Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:19 PM

My layout is L shaped, nickel silver, Code 83 Atlas track with a loop at one end. Total track length is about 150 feet. I inserted 6 power feeds along the run. During the course of construction and reconstruction I feel like I can now apply for a railroad pension. I've encountered another problem.

At one point most of my rolling stock and locomotives go smoothly. Other rolling stock will derail. One car actually grinds when it goes over the spot. The other hinky thing is, even tho' there's a soldered power feed at this point, some of the locomotives stall. One loco, a Nickel Plate Berkshire, just sits there and buzzes.

Would I be better off just replacing that stretch for a foot or two? It starts at a 9" Atlas rerailer section and would end as part of a 3 foot Atlas flex track.

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Posted by Southgate 2 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 5:34 PM

I would examine if there is something sticking up  somewhere, a track nail or something physically catching the affected rolling stock. I'd check track gauge too, since its easy to do. Flange clearance? A sharp raise in gradient? A high spot perhapse in ballast that is catching coupler "hoses"? Good places to start. Dan

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Posted by maxman on Saturday, September 18, 2021 5:38 PM

A loop?  As in a return loop?

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Posted by Graham Line on Saturday, September 18, 2021 5:54 PM

Any chance the Atlas rerailer section was left in the sun?  Heat exposure might be enough to narrow the gauge through the plastic section and cause the cars or a long-wheelbase steamer to bind up.

A "loop" usually means a return loop reversing a trains direction to US modelers/ To British modellers, it means a passing siding.

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:13 PM

Some of those Atlas retailers are tight in the gauge. We have several and one needed a bit of sanding or filing between the railhead and the rerailer insert. 

Alyth Yard

Canada

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