I'll add my vote for dirty track or dirty loco wheels. There's clean, and then there's CLEAN!
I find that a Q-tip and denatured alcohol on both the wheels and the track works wonders. Keep rubbing until no more black gunk shows up on the Q-tip. Run the train around a few times, and repeat. This is especially true if you run trains infrequently.
If you have inadvertantly gotten paint or glue on your track, a bright boy, a #10 hobby knife, or 600 grit sandpaper will clean it right up.
Also, do all your engines stick at the same spot, or just some of them?
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I would not sand the track or use any other abrasive (steel wool, emery, etc). When you rough up the surface it will help initially but the rough surface will get dirty faster. Use a cloth and cleaning solution.
Clean the track. Clean ALL the wheels, not just the powered or engine wheels. Check all connections to the track and between sections of track.
Use power connections to the track every 6 feet or so.
If your layout is permanently installed, consider soldering the joints in each powered section.
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Phoebe Vet wrote: I would not sand the track or use any other abrasive (steel wool, emery, etc). When you rough up the surface it will help initially but the rough surface will get dirty faster. Use a cloth and cleaning solution.
I agree. But 600 grit sand paper isn't sanding, it's polishing. And I'm not advocating it as a routine track cleaning method, only as a way to remove glue, paint, soldering flux and other gunk which would otherwise be a permanent addition to your track.
And I have to stress the prohibition against steel wool. NEVER, EVER, EVER use steel wool. Little fragments of it get up into the workings of your locos -- even into the motor -- and cause shorts.
Monto3 wrote:I could that your trains dont run that type of trak. possibly you have lionel trains on k-line tack ,could be the problem
Doesn't matter, Lionel ( or K-Line, or any other brand of train) will run on K-Line or any other brand of track that is the right gauge and type. In O 3-Rail Lionel and K-Line track of the same types (O, or O-27) will mix together without any trouble. But to mix O or O-27 track from any manufacturer with each other requires special pins, O and O-27 track have different rail heights and pin sizes.
May your flanges always stay BETWEEN the rails