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Problems Lionel Fast Track on Christmas Layout

Wes sent in this question for readers:

“I’m having an issue with my Christmas lay out. My O gauge Lionel fast tack loses power in one spot. I did a voltage drop test but there is conductance. I have 2 power wires hooked to a MTH Z1000. It will only run at half throttle or higher. But if you have fast track you know how loud that can be. I think I may add 7 more power wires to help with this. I tried the bending the prongs and that did nothing. It’s only 7×7 layout. Besides the additional power wires and maybe taking the track off and  insulting the track. Any other ideas?”

3 Responses to Problems Lionel Fast Track on Christmas Layout

  • Joesays:

    I have a 4×8 Lionel using the fast track also.. I use #14. Wire from the transformer to the BUS wire which is the same gauge from the transformer. I used #18 wire from the bus to the track, keep that short as possible. Divide the layout in 4 parts. Put two wires each part. Make sure all connections are tight including the track and no corrosion any where. I really hope this works for you. Have a merry Christmas!

  • Anthony Germagliottisays:

    Did you try powering up the track with no trains on and measure the ac voltage around the loop
    I know you would like like this but i am a tubular track guy the new stuff give a lot of problems
    you might consider switching to mansards tubluar track the price is cheap and you will not have the problems you are experiencing

  • Mike allensays:

    I have the same noise problem with my Christmas tree train, gave up,in the fast track and now use my older Lionel tube track. It really reduced the noise. My train runs on the carpet under our family room tree. Some minor power loss which I corrected with a n additional lock on.

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