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@Dan Walker posted:

Do you think, using the other pieces you've listed would work better? Would it be smarter to just swap over to a tubular track connection?

Not the first step i would take...

@bmoran4 posted:

I don't recommend you immediately make this change as what you do have should work

I did give you some things to try, mainly reviewing the track pieces you do have and looking for the probable defect...

@bmoran4 posted:


As for the overload condition, which seems to be the principle issue, there are a few things that immediately jump to my mind:

  • Looks like you are using Menards track - at one point, there were some pieces that had poor center rail insulators which would either be consistently shorted out, or intermittently short out. A good close inspection of each piece may be warranted (yes, it is tedious, but got to start somewhere!) to find the one or more pieces in need of repair. If the train is misbehaving in the same area, that can be a clue. You could also start with a small oval, and gradually add pieces over time as the existing pieces prove themselves.
  • The transformer is on the smaller side in terms of power capacity, but it should be able to handle just this locomotive without overloading.
  • The locomotive may be drawing excess current if it hasn't been properly lubricated and serviced causing the overload condition.
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