I ordered my first new train in decades so I have no experience with modern, non-conventional trains and I've never used FasTrack before. The Lionel Lion Chief set I ordered is missing a section of O31 curve so I can't set it up under my tree. Another piece of track has a bent pin on the middle rail and one of the power sections of straight track has a rattle in it (not sure what that means). I don't have any other FasTrack and the nearest dealer is hours away cut off by a closed mountain pass. I ordered this train online and contacted both the dealer and Lionel tonight when I discovered the problems.
What are my options?
- I assume I can't insert a section of tubular track into a FasTrack layout?
- Can I set up tubular track and a transformer under my Christmas tree and then control it with the Lion Chief remote? Or do these trains have a switch to run in 'conventional mode'?
- Wait for however long it takes for Lionel or the dealer to send me a piece of O31 curve?
If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I'm a little disappointed as I wanted to set up my new train under the tree and run it while also learning about FasTrack and the newer technology.
Thank you for any ideas or suggestions and ...