Hey skitz...I have a similar train. When I first tried it out of the box, it would light up, and the motor would spin nicely, but the train barely moved. Well, I took it apart and saw that the shaft off the motor spun nicely, but the secondary shaft it connected to, which turned the wheels, hardly spun. There was too much "slipping" at the knuckle that connected the two shafts. It sounds unethical, but I simply glued the two shafts together at the knuckle and no more problem! The train runs fine. The shafts now spin turn for turn with each other. It was a very simple fix. Good luck.