Model Railroads/train don't run


you ask for more info.  It is HO and I am using 22 solid. My pack is a tech II railmaster 2400, input 120vac 60hz, output 14vdc, 18.5vac, total output 17va. Thanks for your help.  Phill


Remove the 22ga. solid. Not a great conductor for electricity on a long run of track.
Change over to 16 or 18 gauge stranded.  Place first set of leads before the first switch track.
Run a typical train length to see how it works. Clean all of your track and make sure the rail
joiners are properly connected and tight. If the train slows down or stops, check track. If conditions
remain the same. Add a second jumper before the switch track. Try using a voltage meter to see where
the power drops. That's the best way to see where your power loss is coming from. Good luck.

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