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I just bought a transformer from Ebay and it does not appear to come with the actual wires that connect to the track. I could not find them on Ebay or elsewhere. Although I imagine connecting them is fairly simple, is there a reprint of the transformer's instruction sheet available somewhere? The transformer does not come with wires attached. Are you wanting to know how to connect the binding posts so you can control the train speed, or how to connect transformer to run accessories?. Or both? The instruction sheets are on line and I am sure some one will provide a link to original instruction sheet packed with transformer.

W h a t Causes Voltage Drop The fixed voltages marked on your t r a m f o r m e r panel o r the voltages indicated by your transformer voltage control at any particular setting a r e almost never the actual voltages delivered to your track o r your accessories. The reasons f o r this variation a r e several. The voltages marked on your transformers a r e nominal. That is, they a r e accurate only under certain specified conditions : when the line voltage fed into a volt transformer i s just volts and when n o current is drawn from the transformer.

Actually, the line voltages may vary from to volts, or even lower, depending on the standards in your locality and on how much electricity is being used at a particular time. This variation, normally, results in the same percentage reduction of the output voltage of the transformer. If your train seems to run slower toward t h e evening its probably because hundreds of people in your neighborhood had switched on their lights and household appliances and so depressed t h e line voltage.

I n t h e same way t h a t a heavy demand f o r power may lower t h e voltage in your neighborhood, a heavy load on your transformer lowers i t s output voltage as well. F o r example, t h e fixed binding posts which a r e marked 14 volts may, under actual operating conditions, deliver only 12 volts, o r even less.

In the case of a severe overload such a s caused by a short circuit on t h e track so much current i s drawn from t h e transformer t h a t i t s voltage drops to 2 o r 3 volts-too low to operate the t r a i n or even light the lamps. Using Auxiliary Lockons In operating large layouts i t is frequently found t h a t t h e train slows down when running on the portion of track farthest from t h e Lockon. This is due t o voltage losses in the track itself and can be remedied by attaching additional Lockons at the points on the track where t h e t r a i n slows down.

Be careful to connect t h e No. The main p a r t of voltage losses in t h e track is due t o loose track pins. These loose connections can be frequently detected by t h e heating effect of poor electrical contacts. After the layout has been in operation f o r a half hour o r so, run your finger down the rails.

Loose rail joints will then become apparent as hot spots on t h e track. In large permanent model railroads short copper wire jumpers a r e frequently soldered across t h e track pins t o eliminate all possible track voltage losses and keep t h e voltage constant all around t h e track system. Circuits with Common Ground I n model railroading there a r e numerous occasions when it is desirable to apply different voltages to accessories o r track components which have a common ground with the rails of the track system.

Examples of this usage a r e fixed voltage plugs of No. To prevent short circuit condition in all such cases i t i s important to select transformer circuits which also have a common ground. The chart below lists various circuit combinations which a r e available in modern Lionel transformers. The voltages specified a r e the nominal or no load voltages and will, of course, drop somewhat under operating conditions, depending on the load and the rated wattage of the transformer.

B lJ In addition this transformer has 2 unlabeled posts which furnish an independent 1 4 V sourcr to supply lights, accessorirs, etc. The following table lists the fixed voltage circuits which can be obtained from some of the most popular Lionel transformers made in recent years. Regular Lionel transformers a r e designed to work on to volt, cycle alternating current.

Other combinations of voltage and frequency cycles require special transformers, which a r e generally available from Lionel dealers located in areas having these special conditions. The voltage and frequency ratings of transformers always appear on the transformer panels. Transformers can be operated on frequencies which a r e higher than their rated frequencies a cycle transformer will operate on 60 cycles, f o r examplebut t h e reverse of this is not true. If a cycle transformer is plugged into a cycle or a cycle line i t will overheat and may be seriously damaged.

About W a t t a g e In addition to their voltage and frequency ratings, transformers and other electrical equipment also bear a wattage rating. The wattage of a toy transformer is a measure of t h e maximum amount of electric power which i t can take from the household power lines without overheating.

The thing to remember is t h i s : You have no control over the voltage and frequency rating of t h e transformer you need because t h a t is determined by the available household current supply.

You do have control over t h e wattage rating of the transformer you select. In this selection you must be guided by the size of your railroad system and t h e number of trains, lights and accessories you will use.

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I t is always wisest t o get a transformer larger thax the one you require f o r your immediate needs in order to provide pouier f o r f71 fure expansion. The following table lists the power in watts used by various model railroad equipment. Operating Accessories Each 6-Volt Lamp Each Volt Lamp small Each Volt Lamp large Each Volt Lamp N o t e : The voltage of various lamps in Lionel equipment is listed on the inside of the back cover.

You do not need to figure in t h e power requirements of automatic couplers and Operating Cars, since the couplers draw current f o r only an instant and Operating Cars only when the t r a i n i s not running. F o r t h e same reason, do not add power used by such accessories as the Coal Elevators, Log Loaders, and other operating devices which a r e p u t in action when the t r a i n i s not running. However, accessory lights and equipment containing steadily-burning lamps as, f o r example, switches and switch controllers use more power and should be added into the power needs.

Dont forget to add in the power used by lamps within t h e cars, particularly in passenger sets. If, f o r example, the total power needs of a t r a i n set and accessories come to 90 watts, a type RW Transformer Watts may be used. However, this power would be close to the maximum f o r the RW and would not allow f o r additional accessories.

While another transformer can be purchased solely f o r operating the accessories, i t i s more economical in t h e long run to get a watt ZW transformer initially. H o w to Estimate Available Power As stated before, the wattage rating of a transformer tells you how much power i t will take from your household mains. However, all of this power is not available f o r your train. From about one-quarter to one-eighth of the total wattage taken from the lines is used up by the transformer itself in transforming the power from high to low voltage.

This wattage loss becomes apparent in the warming up of t h e transformer as i t is used. A transformer operating continuously f o r long periods of time or in warm surroundings will be able to deliver less power than one used intermittently or in cool surroundings.

As t h e transformer warms u p in use its output voltage and wattage will drop gradually. As a n example, a watt No. A watt Z W transformer should not be counted on to supply more than watts. I t is important to take this loss into consideration when estimating the amount of equipment your transformer can operate.

Table for Selection of Transformers Transformer. Onr outfit with smoke and whistle; few track or signal accessorirs. Any 0 outfit with smokr and whistle; few switchcs and other accessories. Any 0 outfit with a considcrable nurnbcr of accessories. Two 0outfits with smoke, whistle, switchrs and other accessories.

Any practical railroad system with two or more trains, etc. How t o Connect Transformers in Parallel When the power requirements of a model railroad a r e so large t h a t more than one transformer is needed, t h e best practice is to use one transformer to furnish variable voltage f o r the track and reserve other transformer f o r lights and accessories.

I n some cases, however, when several trains a r e operated at the same time in various insulated sections of system, i t might be necessary to use more than one transformer f o r the track itself. To connect two transformers to the track they must be properly phased so t h a t t h e high and low peaks of their alternations coincide. If they do not a short circuit will be created whenever locomotive contact rollers bridge across a fibre pin separating two insulated portions of track.

To phase two transformers proceed as follows : Connect the U binding post from each transformer to the No. Set the output voltages of the two transformers at the same point and plug t h e transformer cords into a wall outlet. Then touch together a pair of wires leading from the A binding posts. If you get a strong spark indicating a short circuit reverse the p l u g of one of the transformers.

Once you have determined the correct position of the two plugs mark them in some way so t h a t you will be able to connect them correctly in the f u t u r e o r connect the two transformer cords permanently by wiring them to the same plug.

When the transformers a r e in phase their ground o r common posts can be connected to the outside ground rail, and the available voltage circuits used to supply several different voltages required by the various insulated portions of the center power rail.

Even when t h e transformers a r e in phase, however, you must be careful to set the voltage of the two adjacent sections at approximately t h e same point when transferring a locomotive slowly from one circuit to the other. Otherwise i t s rollers may bridge the insulating pin long enough so that t h e partial short created at t h a t moment will stop the locomotive.

With Lionel's wide selection of tracks and accessories i t i s easy to duplicate any of t h e operations of t h e big roads. Like all hobbies, model railroading develops slowly. You can start with a layout t h a t f i t s your income, and add to i t gradually. This booklet has a few ideas to get you started. You can get a g r e a t many more from "Model Railroading", a page Bantam Book which i s available f o r 35 cents at your newsdealer o r from the Lionel Advertising Department.

Plan Your Layout Carefully F i r s t step i s to get out your pencil and put down a few ideas t h a t will guide you in your planning. Where will your. Track needed: 8 sections straight, 10 sections curved, p a i r of switches.

Track needed: 14 sections straight, 9 curved, 3 switches 1 remote control section. Track needed: 15 sections straight, 14 sections curved. Track needed: 14 sections straight, 10 seclions curved. Here a r e a f e w of the simpler layouts. These a r e in "0' track. Similar "" layouts will b e ten percent smaller. A spare room? Sketch in the available space to scale and rough in a few ideas. To help you plan your layout accurately 0 or track templates a r e available f r e e of charge from the Lionel Engineering Department.

When you plan your f i r s t track layout, be s u r e t o allow f o r f u t u r e growth of your rail system. As you add to your rolling stock you will want more sidings, classification and storage yards, reversing loops, f r e i g h t and passenger terminals, industrial installations.

The simple siding in todays layout may tomorrow become a complete new branch of your railroad empire. The sketches above show a step-bystep transformation from a simple oval to a king-size railroad system. Elevate Your Layout The ideal location f o r a permanent layout is on a large table or specially built run-around wall shelving. Floor layouts risk t h e perils of stepped-on track, they a r e awkward to get a t and a problem when the floor needs cleaning.

Favorite spots f o r waist-level t r a i n setups a r e d r y cellars, attics, spare rooms and garages. The diagrams below illust r a t e simple methods of building wall shelving or tables.

Platforms can be cheaply constructed of old lumber or second-hand plywood. Plywood has definite advantages in t h a t i t requires little cutting or f i t t i n g and simplifies Page. A sheet of celotex over the plywood will help sound-proof your layout. If you construct a table arrangement be sure t h a t t h e legs a r e weli cross-braced. Wall shelving, too, should be sturdily built to prevent sway and unsteadiness. One of the principal reasons f o r t h e shelf or table layout is to bring model train operation to a realistic-view angle.

Although there is some dispute a s to the correct height from the floor, the general agreement is t h a t 40 inches is about right f o r adults, a height of about 26 inches f o r the seven or eight-year-olds. F o r a father-and-son layout build a six-inch step to take care of the junior partner.

Building Grades To take full advantage of Lionels Magne-Traction locomotives and to provide f o r excitement of overpassing t r a i n s you will undoubtedly want to have some graded mountain sections in your layout.

Realism with Scenery Scenery brings it to life. Yes, landscaping is one of t h e most important parts of building a model pike. General planning of i t should take place a t the same time youre figuring out your railway system, and some of t h e actual work must be done before you lay a single section of track.

Mountainous areas, rivers, valleys should be in place before track laying is done, so t h a t working on them will not disturb your roadbed. Location of towns will depend on placing of your industrial siding and passenger stations. Keep in mind t h a t you a r e developing a n entire community and countryside. Everything you place in i t should have a reason f o r being where i t is. Sketches on these pages show the steps in landscaping a simple layout. F i r s t lay out your track, switches and operating equipment as you plan to have them, without nailing them down.

Remove track and paint trackbed with thick, grey paint. While paint is still wet sprinkle i t with fine ballast stone o r sand. After paint has dried, replace track and fasten i t down.

The mountain tunnel i s built of wood, wire screen and rags. After making sure t h a t they give enough clearance for. Tunnel portols are cut out of wood, nailed together and toe-nailed to table. You can use old window screen f o r the entire mountain-crumple it up, tack i t t o portal openings and down to the platform.

No other f r a m e is needed, as the wire is stiff enough to hold i t s shape. If you want to put a n accessory on top of t h e mountain, flatten t h e wire out f o r a plateau. Next stretch old rags over the wire, tacking them down on the platform just a s you did the wire. Give t h e whole surface a coat of cheap varnish or shellac and its finished, ready to paint.

The lake can be made of blue paper and an old piece of glass. Mount the paper on t h e platform, then touch i t up with brown and green crayons to relieve the flatness of the blue. Cover t h e paper with the piece of glass. To cover t h e edges of the glass make a rocky shore of gravel and stones, held together with Wall Size Glue.

This method can also be used to conceal the edges of your mountains, where wire screen and rags have been tacked down. Theres practically no limit to the different materials you can use f o r plants and shrubs. Some model builders prefer Norwegian Lichen f o r trees. Babys Breath, sold by florists also makes fine trees, a f t e r several small branches have been joined together and have been dipped in green paint and sprinkled with sawdust.

Sponges make good shrubs and bushes and can be trimmed to almost any shape. They should be well soaked in water before pieces a r e torn from them, colored green with tintex dye, and glued into place. Use paint as the base f o r your flat sections, too.

F o r fields, lawns, etc. F o r d i r t patches, scatter with yellow sand and gravel. Coffee grounds can also be used to simulate cultivated fields. Highways and roads should also be painted, then sprinkled with fine beach sand.

For country roads, score lightly to indicate ruts. Buildings such as houses, factories, churches can be constructed from plans furnished by model magazines, o r from kits available at hobby shops. Once youve got t h e knack of i t you will nse your own designs. The model railroads on this page a r e good examples of how you can begin with simple loops and gradually expand with the addition of switches and sidings.

Any one of these layouts. These drawings give you a n idea of the number of track sections, switches, and remote control sections needed. YOTI will note t h a t some layouts call f o r the use of half-track o r odd lengths. Others you can easily make yourself as described on page The layout illustrated in drawing below is a n excellent road to f i t on a large table or an around-the-room layout.

It permits simple operation, even though two trains may be run in opposite directions. Space needed: inches by inches.

The layout illustrated above requires only four switches. Crossing at upper left-hand corner can be accomplished by grading with overpass. Most of the layouts on these pages do not indicate any grading of track beds. This feature has been omitted because grading will be greatly influenced by the location of your layout. Any of the layouts shown can be enhanced by grading, and in most cases overpasses can be substituted where crossings a r e shown. Wipe Your Track Regularly.

Layout below presents interesting possibilities f o r in the center can be graded f o r hump classification yards. The track shown dotted at the left indicates t h a t it is beneath a mountain. Space needed : inches by inches. All accessories shown a r e available a t your Lionel dealer, with the exception of the turntable. You can build this turntable yourself f r o m plans furnished by model builder magazines.

You will, of course, want to add a number of accessories such as semaphores, block signals, etc. In layout above you can s t a r t with the big loop around the table. Later, you can insert additional sidings, such a s t h e station siding, and t h e house track where the log-loader is located.

The coal-loader siding can be added when convenient, and can be placed almost anywhere on the road. Final addition could be the reversing loop on the bottom. You will discover t h a t there i s no end to the unusual effects you can produce.

F o r instance, you can add a lot of excitement to your train operation by wiring automatic railroads on which two opposi n g trains can run indefinitely, never colliding. The secret, of course, i s in letting the trains control each other. On these systems a train emerging from the siding activates t h e t r a i n t h a t has been deadened on the other siding. Section Bi s made of a t l e a s t three sections of regular track using fibre pins O S shown. Sections C are made of two sections of insulated OSS track ioined with steel pins.

Section A i s made up of OSS track with steel pins between adiacent sections. Sections B and C are reqular trock w i t h fibre Dins loc-ated. In t h e operation at left, ground rails of sidings E and C a r e insulated so t h a t a train always halts on them until a second t r a i n on section A provides the ground circuit to restart it. The switches a r e interconnected so that when one is open its opposite number is closed. In the layout on top the trains stop alternately in siding B until t h e second train enters block C in t h e upper right.

Switches a r e thrown when a train hits block C on t h e left. The method i s simple enough and requires little work.

The transformer does not come with wires attached. Are you wanting to know how to connect the binding posts so you can control the train. Privacy policy · Home» Toy trains» Wiring a Lionel LW transformer Use an external circuit breaker if you use the 5 volt connection. hello all i am a proud owner of my grandpas lionel train set now. He never taught me how to hook it up growing up and he has past now.

If special insulated track sections a r e not available at your dealer you can make them yourself as shown on page Such systems a r e just the thing f o r model railroad clubs or f o r families in which several members all want to participate. The one shown here is set up f o r four operators but if space allows it can be easily expanded.

The No. All semaphores and block signals a r e remote-controlled by dispatcher, so engineer must watch them carefully in the operation of his train. The inside loop also has both t r a i n engineer and dispatcher-yardmaster. Operating this railroad i s like this: Engineer No. A yellow light on A signal tells him to reduce speed to take switch and pass into siding A. Yellow light on l53B replacing red light on signal indicates reduced speed to take crossover B.

When crossover switches at B a r e set to take trains from outside loop, switch C is also automatically set t o take t r a i n in on track D. This arrangement reverses t r a i n so t h a t i t runs in the proper direction on inside loop.

Engineer No. When he i s to pass out onto the outside loop, he f i r s t backs into track D, then through E, thus reversing direction. Then he i s ready to take crossover F to outside loop. Like all fine mechanical equipment, however, Lionel trains will perform better and last longer if you t r e a t them with proper care. While complete over-hauling and replacement of p a r t s is best done by a n Authorized Lionel Repairman, you can do a g r e a t deal yourself to keep your t r a i n s in good operating order.

The most import a n t thing you can do i s t o clean and lubricate your equipment regularly. A complete Lubricating and Maintenance Kit No. Lionel No. These p a r t s a r e the rolling surfaces of locomotive and car wheels, the contact rollers and sliders and the track itself. Dampen a clean cloth with Lionel Cleaner or other household cleaner, run it over the surface to be cleaned, then wipe dry. If t h e rails. Do wot use steel wool. Loose pins should he tightened with a p a i r of track pliers described on page All missing pins should be replaced.

Frequently rails and pins become rust-coated during storage, particularly if they a r e kept in a damp place. A light coat of lubricant spread on the rails before they a r e stored away will keep them in good condition and free of rust.

To keep your outfit looking new you may want to clean the cars as well. The painted surfaces of car bodies should be cleaned with a cloth saturated with mild soap suds and dried carefully. Do not use any abrasive cleaners and solvents or you will destroy the c a r markings. Lubricating Lionel Trains Like all fine mechanical equipment, Lionel Trains should be properly lubricated.

This will guarantee good operation and prolong the life of your equipment. Proper lubrication does not mean excessive lubrication. Too much oil or grease is just a s bad as none at all, because i t will gather dust, foul the motor, and get on the wheels and track making them so slippery t h a t the locomotive will not be able t o pull the train.

Lubricate thoroughly, but sparingly, and wipe off all excess oil o r grease. These p a r t s a r e : Motor brushes or the commutator surface of motor armatures ; Track rails o r running surfaces of locomotive wheels ; Conveyor belts carrying artificial coal ; Contact rollers of locomotives and cars of t h e type where the roller t u r n s on a rigidly fixed axle. Because this grease-type lubricant does not run, i t should be used f o r all exposed moving p a r t s of locomotives and cars.

Such exposed parts, marked by letter L in the sketches on these pages, include gears, ends of pilot wheel axles, truck pivots and guides. P a y particular attention to t h e exposed ends of a r m a t u r e s h a f t s in locomotives equipped with transversely mounted motors, such as Nos.

Because these s h a f t s rotate at high r a t e s of speed they require lubrication more frequently than any other p a r t of the locomotive. The armature ends can be easily reached as shown in t h e illustration below.

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Locomotives where the motor is mounted lengthwise do not require as much attention since they a r e equipped with large lubricant reservoirs which a r e filled a t t h e Factory.

Locomotives containing motors of this type a r e Nos. Similar motors a r e used in such accessories as t h e lumber and coal loaders. A motor equipped with a lubricant reservoir i s a t top left of next column.

Where to Use Oil The driving axles of Lionel locomotives run in porous bronze bushings which a r e impregnated with oil at t h e Factory and retain their self-lubricating properties f o r a long time. This self-contained oil supply can be replenished with a few drops of light motor oil. Oil is also used t o replenish oil wicks such as a r e used to lubricate t h e armat u r e s h a f t s in t h e whistle motor and in locomotives No.

Sketch above r i g h t shows a type of motor using a n oil wick f o r lubrication. In applying oil be careful not to get any into the brush wells which adjoin t h e oil hole. T o avoid excessive use of oil, and to direct i t only a t the desired location, the oil should be applied a drop a t a time, using a toothpick o r a long wire as applicator.

Lubricating C a r Trucks Improperly lubricated car trucks may double the d r a g on your locomotive. Spin t h e wheels by hand. If they show any signs of d r a g or binding remove t h e old lubricant and t h e accumulated dust and d i r t with Lionel Cleaner and apply a dab of fresh lubricant at ends of axles.

Points "L. Lubricating Points of Lionel No. The Train Whistle The t r a i n whistle is located in the coal tender and can be reached by taking off the body of the tender. The whistle. The motor is similar to other Lionel motors and i s cleaned in the same way, although the brush plate must be removed t o reach the commutator. The oil wick which lubricates the a r m a t u r e shaft of this motor is contained in a long housing on top of the brush plate. To lubricate take out the wick, dip i t in light machine oil, squeeze out t h e excess oil gently and replace the wick.

If the bulb in the locomotive headlight o r in a n illuminated accessory does not light, f i r s t check t o see t h a t t h e bulb is tight in i t s socket. If the lamp is burned out you can easily replace i t yourself by obtaining a spare from your dealer. The chart on the inside of the back cover lists replacement lamps f o r all modern Lionel equipment. How t o Clean Motors Sluggish and uneven operation of the locomotive is most often caused by a dirty motor.

A typical Lionel motor consists of p a r t s illustrated below. Although these parts may vary somewhat in shape and arrangement they can be easily recognized and a r e cleaned in the same way. The most important p a r t to be cleaned. The commutator can be easily seen and reached f o r cleaning on locomotives having a transverselymounted motor. T o polish the commutator t u r n the locomotive on its side and connect one ire from transformer to t h e locomotive contact roller and the other wire to any metal p a r t of the locomotive body.

The motor will then run. While i t is running press a small piece of very fine sandpaper against t h e moving commutator.

Then clean out the 1. I n locomotives where the motor is mounted lengthwise, the motor can be reached only a f t e r the locomotive body i s removed.

In many of them the commutator can be reached through a hole in the brush plate. Motor Trouble Shooting.

If your train refuses t o run, f i r s t make s u r e t h a t the transformer is plugged in and t h a t you a r e getting curl-ent from the transformer output terminals. Then see t h a t all connections on transformers and track are correct and firmly fastened. See t h a t there a r e three steel pins inserted at the end o f each section of track. If t r a i n still does not run, disconnect the two transformer wires from track.

P r o p locomotive right side up so that, wheels a r e free t o turn. Touch one of these wires t o a n y unpainted p a r t of the motor frame. With the other wire touch the contact shoe which collects the current from the center rail of the track. If motor still does not operate, it may be t h a t the reversing unit is in neutral position.

T r y the above procedure with different adjustments of t h e reversing unit lever. If the w-heels move very slowly, cleaning and lubricating the motor may be all t h a t is necessary to restore original p on. If motor s t a r t s and stops, o r if wheels do not revolve. See if the carbon brushes make good contact with commutator.

Clean the cornmutator a. If the wheels revolve freely there is nothing wrong with t h e locomotive motor. The trouble may be t h a t the contact shoe rollers do not have enough tension to make proper contact with the center rail. If contact rollers appesr to be badly worn, have them replaced. Lionel Products are guaranteed against defects i n material and workmanship to t h e extent t h a t if any such defective article is returned to t h e Lionel Service Department or to any Lionel Authorized Service Station within a year of t h e date of purchase it will be repaired or replaced.

If any of your equipment needs servicing you may send it either to t h e Factory Service Department or to an Lionel Approved Service Station. Only Lionel Approved Service Stations a r e authorized t o service warranteed merchandise W h e n returning articles for service either t o the Lionel Service Department o r t o any authorized Service Station, please send only those articles which you believe t o.

Although t h e Lionel Approved Service Stations listed in t h e following pages a r e independently owned and operated, each has been carefully checked hy T h e Lionel Corporation for reliability.

These Service Men are experts and most of t h e m have heen adjusting and repairing Lionel equipment for many years. Lionel AuthoriAed Service Station approval is not permanent hut has to be renewed from year to year to assure continuing high standard of service. The Lionel Corporation assumes no responsibility, finanrinl or otherwise, for material lelt or work done by privately-oiuned Lionel Approved Service Stations.

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While cleaning out my late parents house we found my Dads lionel train set ( loco, whistle tender, and green metal passenger cars, transformer). Transformer Rating About W a t t a g e. Power Requirements of Lionel Equipment - How to Estimate Available Power - How to Connect Transformers i n "Parallel. When you're wiring a Lionel transformer, you need to size the wires for safety If you derail a train 4 amps of power can run through the wire for Use an external circuit breaker if you use the 5 volt connection.

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Vasquez Read Free For 30 Days. The instruction booklet for setting up and operating Lionel trains and accessories, with additional information on building layouts and making a model railroad. Flag for inappropriate content. For Later. Related titles. How to Run a Railroad.

Lionel transformers for O gauge model railroads require a complex set of as it is capable of providing power to two separate track circuits, complicating setup. Place one train on each of the two newly powered tracks. It can be tapped by feeder wires to connect it to the layout at any interval. Your Lionel transformers have built-in circuit breakers that will help prevent major.

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I prefer stranded wire with spade connectors to hook up to the transformer. Great information, thanks. I do not have a "Lockon" but actually that's the part I was thinking about when I asked the question along with what wire to use. My boyhood Marx train had a "Lockon" so I'm familiar with it but I was not sure Lionel used the same component.

I am expecting to use the original track too but I understand that contemporary Lionel "Fastrack" will work with my Alco too. Original Post. Like Reply 0 Likes. WftTrains Member. Files 2. Instruction Sheet for Lionel Transformer. Like Reply 1 Like.

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