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HO 25 Degree Crossing

Tony asks readers:
“I am having trouble with a Atlas 25 degree crossing. There appears to be two deadspots one one side of the crossing. Loco will pass these spots at high speed with momentum. Low speed results in a complete stop. Have replaced all joiners and track is secure sitting on foam underlay. Would appreciate your help please. This is the first layout I have bult in over 30 years. Thanks.”

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One Response to HO 25 Degree Crossing

  • Geof says:


    Your problem is most likely due to the crossing construction itself since there are fairly long non-conductive sections (i.e., plastic) your loco passes over resulting in it getting electrically ‘stranded’. They are made this way so that you don’t create a short circuit when passing over the other cross track. There isn’t really much you can do aside from buying locos that have longer electrical pick up points across the engine’s length which will bridge the power gap. Some manufacturer’s use more of the wheel base area to prevent this problem but if you are using a shortie loco switcher like a 44 tonner or an 0-4-0, I think you are stuck.
    One option that MAY work is to replace the crossing with a different manufacturer (like Peco) that may have shorter unpowered sections or gaps.

    Hope this helped –

    Geof from the US

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