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Triang OO Engines Stalling

Alph writes:

“As an absolute first starter,the basic layout I’m trying to operate uses modern Hornby track. However, the locos are all 60s-early 70s Triang. When I fix 2 Hornby r8201 connectors from the main line to the siding track the locos run for a few secs then become inoperative. I’m concerned I may damage them. What causes this and how do I fix it?”

6 Responses to Triang OO Engines Stalling

  • Robert says:

    It might be a short circuit. If you are able to reply to this with a diagram of your layout(draw then photograph or scan it and upload), where the locos stop and where the connecters are located, I can offer more advice. I assume your layout is DC and not DCC. I run a mixture of old triang and other brands on DC with no problems.

  • Robert says:

    Try swaping the wires over on your connector to the siding. It may be the cause of a short circuit.

    • Bruce Woods says:

      Make sure that your loco wheels are clean, clean and very clean. Check the pickups also for proper cleanliness and contact with the wheels. If you are experiencing trouble on “Hornby” turnouts, it’s usually the switch rail not connecting with the main rail. Keep those connection parts clean as well. Another thing is that Hornby Turnouts (points) electrically isolate. If they are Peco turnouts, are they Insulfrog or Electrofrog? The insulfrog operate like the Hornby variety but with their electrofrog you have to switch the frog polarity each time you set or reset the turnouts.

  • Ananda says:

    I believe you are using to turnout to get to the siding from the main track. In this case, you need to provide power to the main track at a point before the turnout. Some turnouts are capable of switching the power from the main track to the siding and these ones specially need the above arrangement. What is the turnout number you are using?

  • Ralph F. says:

    Sounds like a bad connection. Use a meter to read you voltage on both sides.

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