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this sounds like a real rookie question but my fastrack Rail is dirty, I think from the smoke fluid that might have seeped out of the loco when I overfilled it.  Could that have caused the track power to drop out?  My steam engines stopped running.

i mean my hands are filthy from handling them as I take them apart to clean?  

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Just use a paper towel and some alcohol to clean the rails.  Clean the locomotive wheels and the pickup rollers.  When you run the engines, note any spot where is slows down or stops.  Separate those sections and check the center rail pin.  If it is straight or slightly curved toward the outside rail without the pin, use a pair of pliars to gently bend the pin slightly toward the outside rail with the pin.  Lionel had recommend this to improve contact.  Also when you separate the track sections do not wiggle them back and forth, this will almost insure that you will distort the pins and damage the plastic connectors.  Instead use a small pocket knife and small flat blade screwdriver.  Use the knife to pry the track apart enough that you can insert the screwdrive blade between center and outside rail.  Just twist the screwdriver and the track will pop apart.

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