Model trains are considered one of the most popular hobbies today. Trains come in different shapes and sizes. LGB starter sets for instance are great for beginners as they already contain the basic train and track setup for you to jumpstart your hobby. Like anything that comes with a lot of parts, chances are something somewhere will go wrong and require intervention. If you are new to the hobby and experiencing some issues on performance, check out these tips to fixing your troublesome model trains set.
Check the Track
All of the engine’s power originates through the wheels and if any of these does not come in good contact with the track, chances are your train will either derail or simply will not run at all. To check proper track placement run your train gently by sliding it back and forth to ensure all wheels are on the ground. Rule out a loose rail joint or poor electrical connection my moving the engine to a different section to rule out a loose rail joint or poor electrical connection.
Keeping the Electrical Connections Secure
Sets for garden trains come with their own set of electrical wires and connections. You can ensure the integrity of these connections by physically inspecting them from time to time. Begin with the connection between the wires and the track and then move on to the connection between the wires and the power supply. Check for anything that may be loose. Look and check if the wires are properly connected to the terminal for the track itself and not to the accessories. Look for splitting or frayed connections.
Cleaning the Track and the Wheels
If this is your first time setting up your model train, a physical inspection will do. For trains that have been running around for quite some time already dirty tracks and wheels can degrade performance and result in a rough sporadic ride, rarely a complete power loss occurs. If you have not used the train for quite some time or if it is an outdoor garden train exposed to corrosion and the environment, dirt and debris may be enough to cease operations fully. Remove these with some manufacturer recommended abrasive cleaners and liquid cleansers mostly available in hobby shops. Avoid using steel wool as the shavings can directly go into the engine and damage it permanently.