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Title: Amateur with power issues
Post by: mlc211 on June 12, 2016, 08:10:25 PM
I have a ten year old G scale set (Tweetsie Railroad) that I ran on about a 30' track years ago for my autistic son.  We moved several years ago and I am finally putting it together again but it will be 8' longer so I know I will have power issues.  It runs the hollow steel track and I am trying to figure out how to increase power in a cost effective way that is simple for an inexperienced railroader.  Thanks in advance for any advice.  This is G scale by the way. 


Title: Re: Amateur with power issues
Post by: Chuck N on June 12, 2016, 08:29:58 PM
Have you tried running it with the new layout?  If the track connections are tight, it should work as long as you don't add more cars or a grade.

If that is going to be the extent of your layout, I'd recommend a 3 or 5 amp power supply.  Many of the "G" gauge sellers on the internet should be able to help you.  This would allow you to pull more cars.

Look at the previous thread on NEW TO G.  A lot of this has been covered in that thread.

I assume your layout will be indoors.  Your track will rust badly, if you use it outdoors.

Chuck


Title: Re: Amateur with power issues
Post by: mlc211 on June 12, 2016, 08:34:50 PM
Thanks,  I haven't run it yet.  I have ordered the additional track and will try it next weekend probably.  It struggled before but did have a mild grade.  No grade at all this time and it is indoors.  I'll try that first.  Thanks for your help.


Title: Re: Amateur with power issues
Post by: Joe Zullo on June 17, 2016, 05:53:07 PM
Make sure to clean the old track, as it probably oxidized over the years. Keep it clean (and clean the loco wheels) and you should be OK.  ;)


Title: Re: Amateur with power issues
Post by: mlc211 on July 04, 2016, 07:20:02 PM
Thanks for the tips, guys.  Here is a video of the train running if you are interested.  My son is thrilled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lV12ZBMxRE