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Offline Norton1972  
#1 Posted : 21 January 2023 18:48:28(UTC)
Norton1972

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I'm still having issues with the track conductivity. It works most of the time but then it will decide not to work at some illogical point. A little pressure on the loko will sometimes fix it. Other times it's a mystery. So will dialectric help with these issues? Anyone with some experience with it?

As always - Thanks for your help!

Steve
Offline kiwiAlan  
#2 Posted : 21 January 2023 20:50:07(UTC)
kiwiAlan

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Originally Posted by: Norton1972 Go to Quoted Post
I'm still having issues with the track conductivity. It works most of the time but then it will decide not to work at some illogical point. A little pressure on the loko will sometimes fix it. Other times it's a mystery. So will dialectric help with these issues? Anyone with some experience with it?

As always - Thanks for your help!

Steve


What do you mean by 'dialectric'? Normally a dialectric is an insulator.

What sort of track do you have? C Track, K track, M track, some other gauge?

I suspect the base problem is a lack of contact between track sections, and pressing down on the loco flexes the track enough for the joins to make contact.

Offline PMPeter  
#3 Posted : 21 January 2023 21:14:03(UTC)
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I too do not understand what you mean by dielectric and what you are planning to do with it. When was the last time you cleaned the track with a soft cloth and a cleaning fluid such as isopropyl alcohol or lighter fluid? Perhaps the center studs (pukos) are oxidized and need a cleaning as well.
Offline Norton1972  
#4 Posted : 21 January 2023 22:36:00(UTC)
Norton1972

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Dialectric is a sealant. Keeps dirt and moisture out of connections.

I did go back and ran the loko around the track (Yay the first complete one) and every place it stopped I pulled that section of the track and did exactly what you all said. Cleaned the thing till it shined. That resolved the issue. The track that was giving me the problems had either a bit of rust on the rails or the center studs were oxidized.

I am starting to figure out this setup. I went on line and looked at some basic setups. Got me started again.

Thank you all again,
Steve
Offline PMPeter  
#5 Posted : 21 January 2023 23:03:18(UTC)
PMPeter

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Originally Posted by: Norton1972 Go to Quoted Post
Dialectric is a sealant. Keeps dirt and moisture out of connections.


True, but it is mainly used for eliminating conductivity or providing insulation. Therefore, it is the very last thing that you would want on either the rails or the electrical connections. You could be sure your trains would not run if you applied a dielectric grease or compound since it would block electric current flow.
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