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Lego Train Track Question

sunwestsunwest Member Posts: 3
edited July 2011 in Collecting
question...i have alot of 9v track, i know the price is fairly high. can i use some of the new track thats out there for the power function series with the 9v, i know they dont have the metal on them but was thinking what if i were to do like every other piece of track. meaning i put pf track, and then 9v track then pf track then 9v track. and as long as thiers 1 moror or 2 mortors and that way they always are connected to metal track

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  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    Not sure if you are serious here, but if you are, I should point out that if you alternate PF and 9v track then the only live piece of 9v track will be the section with power connector on. The PF track will isolate every other piece of 9v track.
  • bmwlegobmwlego Long Island, New YorkMember Posts: 817
    Sun west...if you would rather not have the 9v track let me know and maybe we can trade.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 833
    As Martin points out, if you intersperse your tracks, you'll end up with a bunch of unpowered metal rails that will be just the same as the non-metal rails. Hence, you'd have to power each and every metal rail with a separate connector, which would get pretty unwieldy.

    The next problem is that a full length of straight or curved rail is longer than a 9v train motor-- so depending on the speed you're running your train, and how much weight you're carrying, your motor may get stuck on a non-powered track. You can remedy this with an extra motor spaced correctly, which will mean you've probably always got one motor that's powered, although a non-powered motor will provide a lot of resistance if the wheels aren't spinning.

    I'd recommend either spending the money on 9v track, or modifying your plastic track to add metal strips to provide the connecting current (I believe that's been done successfully by various people).

    DaveE
  • sunwestsunwest Member Posts: 3
    i was just thinking of a way that it might be able to add on to the existing track i have with not alot of start up costs. it didnt dawn on me untill after i posted about loosing the direct current. would like to double or triple the track layout i have
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