Trains and Railway Models: How to Troubleshoot Them

/Trains and Railway Models: How to Troubleshoot Them

It’s hard to make a train and railway model and harder to maintain it. If you notice that your model train starts, judders, and stops, then there’s visibly a problem with it. Luckily, you don’t have to throw away your model. There are ways you can repair. Here are things you should do.

Step 1: Identify the problem.

Check the train by giving it a test run. While it is running, try to spot where it is having problems. Is the problem with one unit or with the engine? Are the rails aligned properly?  If the train keeps on stopping, then the problem might be with the track or the power.

Step 2: Clean the tracks and wheels.

House dust, cat hair, dander, smoke particles, etc. may seem too small to cause problems. However, you have to remember that you are working with a miniature model. What seems small can cause great harm to it. Make sure that you clean the tracks and the wheels so that no dirt gets in its way while it runs.

Step 3: Replace joints.

When the joints are loose or worn, the track might not be able to provide a smooth plane for your train to run. When necessary, repair the joints by connecting the track pieces using a power booster cable. Then, do a test run to see if they are properly connected.

Step 4: Repair the wiring.

Poor power connection can create different kinds of problems for your model train’s performance. Pay attention to loose, frayed, or split wiring ends. If the wiring and electrics confuse you, it’s best that you ask assistance from a professional. Manipulating electricity without expertise can be deadly.



If you have tried all four steps and you are still experiencing problems with your train and railway model, then the problem might be too serious. Your last resort is to reconstruct the model from scratch.


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