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Offline popsicle  
#1 Posted : 06 September 2019 17:26:04(UTC)
popsicle

Romania   
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Location: Ilfov, Chiajna
Hello everybody ! I'm new here, on this forum, although my passion towards locos spans over 20 years.
I never had the pleasure of owning Marklin locos, so when i found some 100 or so M-gleise.jpgtracks, i bought them instantly.
When i got home, i've noticed that the middle prongs (the ones connected to the stud) are missing.
I'm not a native english speaker, so i have absolutely no clue what's the correct name for those metal pieces.
I tried searching them over the web, without much luck.

So my two questions for you seniors are:

1. What's the name of that metal piece, so i can search them up ?
2. Where can i find spares ?

Thank you very much for your time spent reading my problem.
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#2 Posted : 06 September 2019 17:45:45(UTC)
kiwiAlan

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Location: ENGLAND, Didcot
Originally Posted by: popsicle Go to Quoted Post
When i got home, i've noticed that the middle prongs (the ones connected to the stud) are missing.
I'm not a native english speaker, so i have absolutely no clue what's the correct name for those metal pieces.
I tried searching them over the web, without much luck.


Oh, never seen them missing those bits. Are the centre studs still there? There was some start sets that had clockwork engines which were supplied with M-track that had no centre studs.
Offline popsicle  
#3 Posted : 06 September 2019 17:50:27(UTC)
popsicle

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Location: Ilfov, Chiajna
It was entirely my fault, i didn't check them properly. My mistake. The central studs are all there, in their place. These tracks just lack that central metal piece that connects the central studs. I don't know what's it called. I tried searching online, to no avail.
Offline Jimmy Thompson  
#4 Posted : 06 September 2019 18:34:13(UTC)
Jimmy Thompson

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Location: Florida Classic but Successful Swampland City
Welcome to the forum! Hope we can help:

The only M-track I have that does not have the connector "Contact Lug (kontaktlasche)" is a version of the 7190 buffer stop (no connector or studs)

Might be part number 35 204

https://www.marklin-users.net/co...3-wayTurnout(1073)-2.jpg item #11.

Not sure if that is "Universal" but it could be a place to start. Cool I also do not know the process to attach the lugs when you find them...Confused

Jimmy

p. s. was it all of the pieces or just a few of them?
Offline amartinezv  
#5 Posted : 06 September 2019 19:15:37(UTC)
amartinezv

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Posts: 243
Location: Madrid,
Hello

I don't know the name or a spare part number for this part. But it is not a problem. You can use that track by soldering a cable from the center conductor to each other, below the track of course. And you'll be able to enjoy your M tracks .

Best regards
Antonio Martínez
marklin, IB, era 3, Train controller
www.raildigital.es/davidruso
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Offline cookee_nz  
#6 Posted : 06 September 2019 19:56:12(UTC)
cookee_nz

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Location: Paremata, Wellington
Originally Posted by: popsicle Go to Quoted Post
It was entirely my fault, i didn't check them properly. My mistake. The central studs are all there, in their place. These tracks just lack that central metal piece that connects the central studs. I don't know what's it called. I tried searching online, to no avail.


Usually we would call those tabs a "tongue" (like in your mouth).

I too have never seen several missing. One or two here and there yes, but on every piece of track?

I don't think it's a part you can easily get, so you might need to have some made. Or, wire every piece of track.

Can you post some photos of the tracks?

Cheers
Cookee
Wellington
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Offline RayF  
#7 Posted : 06 September 2019 20:30:43(UTC)
RayF

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Location: Gibraltar, Europe
My old M tracks had several missing the contact strips as shown above. I had to make sure that when I put two tracks together one of them had to have the contact intact so that it would bridge the gap and make electrical contact.

The reason some of these break off is that occasionally the contact gets bent upwards when mishandled. When this happens a couple of times the metal just snaps.

I never found that these parts were replaceable, so the track needs to be replaced if you can't do a "bodge" like I used to.
Ray
Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
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Offline xxup  
#8 Posted : 06 September 2019 22:59:58(UTC)
xxup

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Location: Australia
M-track is cheap to buy these days - just replace the ones with the missing tabs/prongs/tongues with new track. Have a look at eBay and perhaps your local model railway clubs. As it is heavy, postage can be expensive.
Adrian
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Offline Harvey  
#9 Posted : 09 September 2019 03:27:26(UTC)
Harvey

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Joined: 17/02/2008(UTC)
Posts: 507
Location: Glen Oaks, N.Y.
M track is no longer manufactured. E-bay has many for sale. If you travel to Germany or Switzerland, hobby stores may have quite a supply. Very odd if all 100 tracks are missing the tongue. I can imagine a few missing if one wanted to create an isolated section. One can connect a few by soldering a wire from underneath (between two tracks) but that sounds messy and likely result in some broken connections.

Harvey
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