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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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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. 

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