I am building a new layout. I layed out the Fastrack, set up a central hub and tested it with two different engines. I used three 4' X 8' sheets of soundproofing board. No problem. Everything ran well. Constant speed and no dead spots anywhere. Then I screwed down the track--not every piece only enough to keep all the track stationary throughout the entire layout. Now I have 5 - 6 "dead spots" that stop the engines cold. I did not solder the individual track pieces together and I used what I see as two different kinds of Fastrack---one with silver rails and one with blacken rails. I believe the Fastrack with black rails is an older version of that product. What did I do wrong?
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If the Fastrack was used, you may have some loose connections at the center rail. You should also use power drops for every 10 or 12 feet of track. How many do you have now? To have dead spots that stop an engine both ends of a section of track would have to have a poor connection. An ohmmeter will help to find those bad joints.
Great video; ran into the same problem with my E6 stopping dead; took the easy way out and replaced 2 straight sections; identified them with a meter; now, I can fix them.
Try loosening the screws a little - you don't want to screw the Fastrack down severely tight - it can change the angle of where the sections meet and create small gaps. My experience is that FT doesn't need much screwing down - it stays pretty stationary on its own. You can also use special (wider) foam roadbed made for FT and available on the bay to help keep it from moving.