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Old 03-10-2016, 10:04 PM   #1
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Fastrack problems

I need some advice regarding some issues with Lionel Fastback. I'm running into dead spots in the track. I did check out some youtube videos regarding finding and dealing with these dead spots. I'm looking for a simple way to check the track for power. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:00 AM   #2
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I run this around behind an engine, and I add my track cleaning car to create drag.

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Old 03-11-2016, 11:33 AM   #3
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Thanks...I'll check it out.
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:31 PM   #4
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You can just provide a resistive load and use a voltmeter. The important part is you have to be drawing current to measure the voltage or you'll never find the high resistance joints.
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I need some advice regarding some issues with Lionel Fastback. I'm running into dead spots in the track. I did check out some youtube videos regarding finding and dealing with these dead spots. I'm looking for a simple way to check the track for power. Any suggestions?

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I had some problems with dead spots. I installed multiply power runs from my transformer. Using 16 gauge stranded wire . The goal is to have constant voltage at several points of the fast track. Woodland scenes has a video on installing incline/declines. For a locomotive to make the incline will require constant voltage. Also saw this recommendations at several of locations at various train forums. It did fix my problems also.

Also, Lionel has a video about the center continuity problem. Talking about the center rail on 10 inch and 5 inch tracks. Remove the problem tracks and bend the center rail slightly to make a better contact. Both tracks will need to have the center pin bent slightly. Check the video out.

Good luck.

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Old 03-20-2016, 10:46 AM   #6
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What scale are we dealing with? You have this in OO, but Lionel Fastrack comes in O-gauge and S-gauge. I assumed O-gauge, but who knows.
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Did you make this car? How about a how to fior this project? Tnx
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #8
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I made the car. I found the seemingly elusive AC 0-30V meters on eBay, and then build the special isolated power supply needed to power them. I used a standard LM78L12 regulator, 220uf cap, and a 1N4003 diode. That feeds this VB1212LS-1W Isolated Power Module to provide the totally isolated power for the meter. The track voltage is connected directly to the measurement pins.

This is the power isolator I used.

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Thank you!

I appreciate the info, I'm a newbie to trains.
I did understand Some of the parts, but would not know how to put together to make it work!
I'll research the item list you gave me, thank you.
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The hardest part is finding a suitable AC voltmeter. There were several on eBay a couple of years ago, now I can't find a one!
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