I'm trying a new loop to loop layout for my Christmas train setup, and can't get it to run completely. I worked off the plan below from http://www.trainz.com/t-track-plans-ideas.aspx, bought all my Fastrack pieces, and assembled it. The train will run on the loop with the terminal section, no problem, but when it gets into the straight away, it craps out two or three sections from the switch piece. (It's not consistent how far it makes it.)
I can get it to run reliably if I shorten the straight away to only three 10 inch sections of straight fast track, but then it doesn't fit my space as well as I'd like.
Forgive my newbie questions, but does a longer setup need a more powerful transformer, or multiple transformers? Would I be better served with 30 inch pieces of fastrack to minimize the connections that can be dodgy?
Thanks everyone for any help you can give. Below is the