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Offline TEB007  
#1 Posted : 23 January 2023 03:54:34(UTC)

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So I have a Marklin 28703 historic 1930 SJ Swedish passenger train set. It has 3 lighted cars that get their power from the loco via weird tongue-like couplers. For reasons I'm saving for a different post, the loco cannot supply power through the coupler. To get the cars to light, I've jury rigged a 73405 pickup shoe to the bottom of one of the cars. It works great until it gets to a turnout. There it shoots a few sparks and shorts the track for a second. I've tried adjusting the shoe higher, lower, and on an angle. Nothing seems to let it go through the turnout cleanly. Any suggestions?
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Offline marklinist5999  
#2 Posted : 23 January 2023 15:59:22(UTC)

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Common thing with metal bogie cars with a slider. Or the slider is too long for the frogs, or touching a wheel or coupler going through.
Offline costing  
#3 Posted : 23 January 2023 17:16:53(UTC)

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Can you share a picture of where you have positioned the pickup shoe?

If in the middle of the wagon, it will swing inwards and maybe even catch on some of the center pins. Ideally they should be placed under a bogie, where they track the center between the wheels.

Try positioning it as close to one of the axis as possible on 2-axis wagons. Short shoes like Marklin 100032 (45mm) or a Roco 40064 (42mm) could also help, such that they don't deviate too much from the center.
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