I acquired a K-Line 2 truck shay, but found that it had electrical pickup issues which prevented it from reliable slow speed operation, especially through Fastrack turnouts. An experienced HO operator suggested I might try a product called Rail-Zip on the collector rollers.
I cleaned the rollers first with isopropyl alcohol followed by MEK. I then lightly coated the rollers with Rail-Zip and let the shay sit for 24 hours (per the recommendation from Pacer, the manufacturers of Rail-Zip). I ran the loco yesterday and there is substantial improvement - I can pull a train at reasonable speed around the layout and through switches.
I'm going to try treating the center rail with Rail-Zip (leaving out the MEK cleaning) to see if the performance can be improved even more. With the multi-wheel pickup on the outside rails I doubt they'll need any treatment.
Has anyone else already tried Rail-Zip on Fastrack? If so, what was your experience? If you saw improvement, how long did it last?