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I have a geotrax train that is not responding to its remote. I put brand new batteries in it and it still does not work. The remote makes the noise and the red light lights up on top of the train. Is there some sort of reset botton to make the train go again?

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  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    track town train lights up. the remote does nothing, no sound. train does not move. I don't have a depot to test. any Ideas???

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    C Mark Hilton Jan 03, 2017

    Just fixed 6 trains with a tack hammer! Unbelievable!

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I had the same problem with two of our three engines. I read somewhere that you can get them running by hitting the side of the engine against a hard surface. I can't believe it... IT WORKED! I guess the motor gets **** and hitting it will get it going. All three engines are working now.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010

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  • mommyinNJ Dec 17, 2010

    I was really skeptical, but banging the engine on a hard surface worked for me too! How nice to have an easy fix! I couldn't find an answer anywhere else on how to reset the remote or train -- luckily I didn't need to since the banging worked.

  • tomswing Jan 29, 2011

    We had 4 out of our 6 unresponsive as well. After reading this my wife smacked one against her hand on the side of the train. It immediately was working again, amazing!

  • ehandrn Mar 03, 2011

    I am beyond belief. I am sitting here playing with the Geo trax my Grandsons got and tried eveything - new batteries, cleaning, etc. then I read what to do here. Gave it one smack with my hand the train started running! Thank you! It did stop one more time. One more smack - working again!

  • 4thosehokies Mar 03, 2011

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! just worked for me too!

  • alabubba Mar 04, 2011

    I bought a large selection of track and 4 RC trains at a yard sale only to find that none of them worked. I tried the "Smack" method and it worked. My grandson is going to be so cheesed when he comes to Grandpa's house.
    Thank you morn2112

  • Theo Sterrenburg Oct 22, 2011

    It's almost hillarious! After changing the batteries three times and leaning contacts, I searched on the web for a solution and came on this site.
    Smacking the trains on the floor very hard did the trick!! THANK YOU !

  • Kenneth Boyd
    Kenneth Boyd Dec 01, 2013

    I can't believe hitting it works but so far it is working. WOW!

  • Nicole Brown
    Nicole Brown Dec 04, 2013

    Chitty Chitty BANG BANG - It Worked!!!

  • Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez Dec 08, 2013

    Holy , it worked!!!

  • Craigery jebidiah daileyschevski

    Thank you thank you thank you. Wow.

  • amanda Sweat Nov 21, 2016

    I have a geotra train motor works and wheels spin but train wont move

  • Kevin Todd
    Kevin Todd Dec 05, 2016

    I was incredibly skeptical, but sure enough a few hits did the trick. ......

  • Austin Kim
    Austin Kim Nov 26, 2017

    Wow this worked for me too. +1

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2018

    It worked YESSSSSSSS

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I didn't believe striking the train against a hard surface would work, BUT it did work. I was about to trash my sons train after the new batteries failed to make it work. But I happened across this web post and read the comments. I dropped the train on the floor and the darn thing start working!!!! Seriously. Thanks guys. My son is happy and you saved me sixty bucks. :)

Posted on Jul 14, 2012

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    Gretchen Berube Oct 25, 2015

    OMG but slamming them in the floor worked!! My boys about had a heart attack when I did it, but I'll be a monkey's uncle, it worked! Thanks!!

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Can't believe it but yeah, a couple of gentle whacks works. We had two trains that had been stored for less than a year, got them out and put fresh batteries in but nothing happened. We read the posts about whacking the engines and after taking one apart to no avail, my sister picked one up, whacked it gently against the table top and PRESTO! it started working again. Even the one we took apart and reassembled began working after a couple of whacks. I don't know whether to be impressed with the quality of the Geotrax or appalled!

Posted on Dec 08, 2011

  • Nettie R Jul 17, 2014

    Sorry it did not work for you. I have a friend that didn't like the idea of whaking her trains so she put one in a pillow case and then whirled it around really fast hoping the centrifugal force would do something. And it did. Two out of three of her trains started working.

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    Scott Wagley May 13, 2019

    Smacking them worked!

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Hitting on the sides worked for bus too....

Posted on Oct 16, 2011

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    Iowa Dec 22, 2013

    Wow! We just unpacked our Christmas Geo Trax train after being stored for the year. I removed the batteries last winter and replaced ALL of the batteries with new batteries. The remote worked the train worked, but the remote would not activate the train into motion. I tapped the train on the side with my hand. It worked. Our Christmas train in now running around our Christmas tree and I have three happy Children.

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I'm laughing hysterically..... IT WORKS!!! This is our 3rd year with this train and my son has been so excited to set it up. The remote made the noises, the train lit up but wouldn't move. A few good hard WHACKS on a think, soft cover book (flat on the side of the "coal car") and the darned thing is running!!!

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Tried, one smack on the concrete floor, didn't work. Then smacked one side then the other....wheels started turning like a charm. Getting the train set up for my 3 year old grandsons visit. One happy grandma here.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014

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    Pat Wiley Feb 15, 2014

    Tried, one smack on the concrete floor, didn't work. Then smacked one side then the other....wheels started turning like a charm. Getting the train set up for my 3 year old grandsons visit. One happy grandma here.

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Here it is 2014 and whacking the trains still works! LOL!

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I was whacking on our table but it was not working so we whacked it on our hands we tried it and it was working.

I hope you like this solution.

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Honestly??? So I whacked my kids train outside on the cement a few times. That did not work. Came back inside and just kept gently smacking it against the desk on the mouse pad and it truly just started working. So strange. I tried the friction thing too and that did not work. Crazy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013

  • Heather B Sep 15, 2013

    Honestly??? So I whacked my kids train outside on the cement a few times. That did not work. Came back inside and just kept gently smacking it against the desk on the mouse pad and it truly just started working. So strange. I tried the friction thing too and that did not work. Crazy.

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Copied this from another forum. It worked on all 4 of our broken trains and seems less damaging than banging. :

Make sure you have good batteries and hold the controller in the forward movement position. Then run the train forward repeatedly on a surface with friction (I used my pant leg). I got two old trains to work again, and I'm hoping to fix one more.

The theory is that this works because it uses a magnetic coupling instead of a direct drive.

It only took me one super gentle swipe across my leg! Better than smacking/bashing them because that can knock wires loose and stuff. Hope this helps everyone! :D

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I have 6 Geo Trax trainsand a million miles of tracks LOL. All pretty old and boxed up for years in climate controlled storage. He wanted to play with them again after seeing all the bins they were in. They didn't work. We both were so sad and contemplated buying all new trains because we loved them so much. Came across your forum and tried hitting them as suggested. IT WORKED!!!!!!! TY so much for the suggestion.

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It is 2015 and thankyou so much for your tip. I love our Geotrax set and was so disappointed when it stopped working after changing batteries. The first two trains needed a BIG few hits. The other one needed several. We now have three WORKING trains and some very happy children and parents!

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

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    Jill Rathert Jul 14, 2015

    Same here! We just tried it today! It has been boxed up for years and got it out. Train would not work. We kept whacking it and - IT WORKS! ?!?!?!?

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Smacked them against my hand and it worked! I've got some happy 2 1/2 year old grandbabies!

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Haha! Amazing! It worked for us! We have some old trains...bought second-hand in 2010. One controller works two of the same trains and the train that actually matches the code on the controller is what stopped functioning. Hasn't worked in a couple years. Tapped a few times each side on the table and it started right up! (Aug 2014)

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It didn't work for me and we smacked it down a lot and I think its my controller because my train turns red and my controller I charge it it doesn't require batteries because its the old trains and they won't work and my controller doesn't want to move the train any help??!!

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Sept 2018: pulled out the old Geotrax from its box and set it up. Remote worked fine (made its sound effects, etc.) but the locomotive had corroded batteries from long storage (I know, I know...). Replaced batteries and the light worked, but the locomotive didn't run. I despaired when I couldn't find a replacement for sale at the Fisher Price/Mattel website, but then I found this site. I can't believe it myself, but it worked! A couple of smacks and it was working like new. Thanks!!

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2017. Just got a set of Geotrax from Goodwill. 5 trains used but in good condition. All the trains lit up but none of them moved.. A few wacks on my carpet and bam, all of them are working!! My two year old thanks you guys!

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I cannot believe that this worked! I gently banged the engine against a solid surface and then ran the wheels across my jeans a few times(quickly) until the engine started! Did the same thing to the other engine that wouldn't work and it started as well! Thanks

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It worked! One good bang on the floor and it started working!

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Hurray It worked . i tapped against the floor from all sides and waited fr some time and lo! the train started.

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I am so excited. I bought 3 engines with a complete set for my granddaughter 9 years ago. Now that my 5 year grandson took interest, 2 of the 3 did not work. With some slamming on the floor a few times...BAM! It works...both! Yay!

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Just tried this now on our Christmas train that has been unused for 2 or 3 years. Sure enough, a couple of smacks on my knee got the wheels spinning again. Thanks!

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Yes!!! Smacking the side of the train worked!!! Whoo whoo I willhave happy kids in the morning!

Posted on Dec 04, 2014

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    Yes!!! Smacking the side of the train worked!!! Whoo whoo I willhave happy kids in the morning!

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It worked!!! The grandsons are happy and so am I! It took 5 good whacks on each side and then finally popped it a good one straight down on the wheels and it started up good as new. Not gentle but not a destructive blow...just let it know who was boss. Good luck!

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It really Worked!!!! THANKS!! you made a 4 year old sooooooooo happy!!!!!

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Mom was obviously aggravated when I came home last night after spending hours switching batteries and trying to get any of the 6 old engines working. These were stored in a non-climate controlled 100 degree garage. We have a ton of track and buildings all bought 2nd hand.... neways... before heading out to buy 1 new train, I saw this post and have gotten 2 engines to work with hand smacking onto the carpet. You will certainly at least smile when an engine starts. G-luck... I've not given up on the others... so we will see.

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It worked for me!!! Thanks

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Dang it, it didn't work for mine. :-(

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    My friend tried whacking but that didn't work either. She put a train in a sock and then whirled it around really fast. The centrifagul force seems to have helped some how because her train is working again.

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    Christy Wright Apr 02, 2016

    My train light is on, but remote isn't making noises :(

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    Crystal Campbell Jan 12, 2017

    2017. Just got a set of Geotrax from Goodwill. 5 trains used but in good condition. All the trains lit up but none of them moved.. A few wacks on my carpet and bam, all of them are working!! My two year old thanks you guys!

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