I recently cleaned up all my 30 year old 12 volt train material as a gift for my sons birthday together with the new (but not newest) station (7997). And as I hoped he fell in love with these trains I used to play with a lot. As he is really a builder, more than a player, the railroad changes a lot and there is where the problem came in. The flexibility of the plastic seems to be reduced over time resulting in lots of damage on the sleeper plates, rails, points, etc. the plastic just breaks very easily.
So now after half a year of playing(and damaging the tracks) I felt that I either had to replace a lot of 12 volt track and point etcetera or change to a different system. The last is what I did, so recently bought a nice portion of 9v rails a motor and powersupply. So now to the actual question. These 9 volt motors weight absolutely nothing compared to the old 12 volt, and on top of that there are also no weightblocks used in the 9 volt sets (the rc and pf trains have a batterypack as weight). I always thought that the weight was there to get grip, so isn't this needed with 9 volts?. And would it hurt the motor if I place these weightblocks?.
Another question I have: When I bought the 9 volt rails and motor it came with an extra 9 volt motor wich was broken. I took it as I thought it might be nice for replacement parts in the future, but when I came home and managed to open it I got it working again (there was no contact between the powersupply and the motor). The only problem is that the person I bought it from allready opened it and I guess didnt put all gears back before closing, So I miss one small gear and metal axle to make my motor 4wd again. I hope anyone knows a place where I can find these parts, or a broken motor. I looked for it on bricklink and ebay but without result yet. I hope anyone can point me to a place where I can obtain this.
Thanks for any help in advance
Edited by TheBrickster, 08 July 2010 - 04:21 AM.