Tagged With "Transformer"

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Help Understanding Transformer Workings

Dan Padova ·
Larger Lionel transformers like the ZW and KW use carbon rollers to contact the interior windings. Transformers like the 1033 have a copper arm that wipes the windings. Is one better than the other ? What was the design criteria for each ?
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My Lionel ZWC needs repair.

Winger ·
Anyone willing and /or able to repair a Lionel ZWC? I can send it with or with out Brick. Regards, Mike
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12 Volt AC transformer to power LED's question

BobbyD ·
Need a few to power about 20 LED's. (Locations may too far apart to run connecting wires.) Any ideas? Need to be really well controlled as I don't want to vaporize any LED's. Is there enough power in the Z4000 14V tap to do this and power a TIU as well? Thanks!!
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Lionel 6-32930 ZW multi watt transformer new in box

Joe K ·
Lionel 6-32930 ZW new in box Asking $400 plus shipping Could be picked up in Austin TX area see my email in my profile
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250 watt ZW Transformer Struggles to power 2 trains

Fishman86 ·
Hello everyone, thanks for taking the time to help a fellow model railroader out. I have a two track display that's powered by an old 250 watt ZW transformer and controlled by MTH's DCS with a TIU and remote. I often run MTH protosound 3 engines and occasionally post-war Lionels. I always run the MTH engines in the DCS mode, and set the track voltage for each track manually with the DCS variable setting (set to 18 volts when running MTH engines, use variable voltage when running a post-war...
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is there any o gauge transformers that i could use for ac and dc ?

gman18 ·
well dont know if theirs an answer for this hence why im asking it here but i wanted to know is there a transformer that i could use that can control ac and dc trains or is the only way to do that is to buy a rectifier ?
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Atlas switch wiring to AIU

CurtisH ·
I have several Z Stuff 1050 signals wired in series with one end running via an isolated track rail. All switches are wired through the AIU with power being supplied to the switches via there own 18 V AC transformer. All the switches work fine but the signals are not working off the isolated rail correctly. When I ask Z Stuff about it they told me to make sure the transformer for switches and the transformer for the track where in phase. HERE LIES THE PROBLEM! I know which terminal on my...
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LW Transformer Power

franksansev ·
Hi Building a very simple 4x5 oval layout for my grandsons aged 4 & 2 and the new just born twins. I have two remote 027 switches, #12713 gateman and #2154 highway flasher. The motive power is NW2 switcher. Would the LW be able to handle all this? I want to keep this as simple as I can. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old Lionel Transformers Wanted

Allan Loczy ·
Interested in buying old "hand me down" transformers for parts or rebuild. Doesn't matter how trashed it is. Mostly looking at KWs, VWs, and ZWs- but will definitly look into any that you offer with a reasonable price. My email is allanloczy@ymail.com
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Variable Track Does Not Take Commands From Remote or DCS App

Landon Eshbach ·
Hello All, I have two variable voltage tracks on my TIU that get their power from a Lionel Type Z Transformer. I have never had any issues with the tracks until recently when they would only power up and take commands from the transformer instead of the remote or the DCS App. For instance, I always keep the CU and DU posts on and just ran everything from the remote/app. Lately, when I turn on the layout both (older lionel) trains will take off down the track without me giving them the...
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1033 transformer repair

Harry736 ·
I can use some info & advice on 1033 transformer repair. I'm trying to get the spring loaded whistle handle to return all the way. I put a new spring in and it still doesn't return as it should? Has anyone made this fix?
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Atlas 80W transformer- OK for MTH locos?

Gondolawillie ·
I am building a small 4 x 6 layout with 2 independent loops. I already have an MTH z-1000 for one loop. I can get an Atlas 80W transformer with horn bell and direction buttons cheap to use on the 2nd loop. It looks like the one in the photo. I am wondering if it will activate the horn bell and station sounds on my MTH Railking E8.
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Lionel CW-80 transformer

LouisH ·
My 2004 CW-80 transformer for my Lionel Riding the Rails Xmas layout (100' of track on the living room floor) just bit the dust. I may have set an endurance record though - every other year x 1 month x several hours a day. Anyone know acceptable alternates? Lionel's $150 price is expensive and their CW-40 is probably too weak. At $150, I would just buy another set for the transformer inside and extra cars, but Lionel doesn't have anything interesting and they are incompatible with my...
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Lionel 1041 transformer

LouisH ·
I have my family's Lionel 027 Babe Ruth set with the 1666 2-6-2 engine, plus over a 100 ft of additional track, 5 sets of switches, and crossings I added from the Red Caboose's Lionel redealer over the years. My wife lets me and the children take over the living room floor for a month every Christmas. This year it was sluggish when I set it up. Tested the 1041 transformer and only got 15v, not 18v. Borrowed a reconditioned 1041. Tested 16v like it is rated for and increased the train...
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Transformer Power and switch rating Questions

Stackm746 ·
I am in the process of building a 35 by 27 layout with 3 mains with 2.3% grades and 3 yards. I am thinking I would have 3 power districts for the mains and thus the need for 9 transformer terminations to address 9 tracks. I also have 3 yards and need power for lights, accessories and switch/signal. So I am estimating that I need at least 12 terminations and could possibly use toggle switches to power the yards off one of the mains when they are in operation. So two questions. I have 3 of the...
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MTH Transformers and Controller interchangeability

Westy ·
MTH has brick type transformers of 50,75 and 100 watts with a controller with bell , whistle and direction controls plus a speed throttle. Are the controllers interchangeable with each of the higher watt transformers. Would like to upgrade the 50 & 75 watt units to 100W units. Appreciate your input. Regards Westy
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Re: Multiple transformers/power supplies

Susan Deats ·
You have a good start. See Load Calculations knowing that transformers are rated with watts. See Power for 3 Rail Toy Trains for transformer information.
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Re: Multiple transformers/power supplies

Pine Creek Railroad ·
richboss302, You have a good start with the ZW, use the the CW-80 for a street car line or sell it. Your DCS does not have a transformer, it has a TIU, AIU & a remote control. When you set your DCS up make sure you have 10 Amp Breakers betwen your ZW and your DCS TIU to safe guard the TIU. Purchase the OGR DCS Video Guide and Barry's DCS O Gauge Companion 2nd addition Book, watch the OGR video and read Barry's book before you start building your layout, doing so gives you the education...
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Re: Multiple transformers/power supplies

richboss302 ·
Originally Posted by Pine Creek Railroad: richboss302, You have a good start with the ZW, use the the CW-80 for a street car line or sell it. Your DCS does not have a transformer, it has a TIU, AIU & a remote control. When you set your DCS up make sure you have 10 Amp Breakers betwen your ZW and your DCS TIU to safe guard the TIU. Purchase the OGR DCS Video Guide and Barry's DCS O Gauge Companion 2nd addition Book, watch the OGR video and read Barry's book before you start building your...
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

George S ·
For question #1, yes. For #2, yes, unless you set up the ZWs in manual mode. I believe all four terminals on each ZW come programmed #1 through #4. If you program them with #0, they will be in manual mode and will not respond to the Legacy remote. You could program either, both, or neither to be controlled by the red nob. You can change which terminal you are controlling by hitting track on the remote and its ID #. The handles set the maximum voltage in this mode. I don't think you can have...
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

graz ·
My only suggestion for redistribution of power would be to make the Zw-c's A handle a "High power" accessory post. Then you have 3 diff power options for accessories as 2 don't really give enough option for some of the finicky ones. I would just connect lights to the most approp of those three as diff lights require diff amounts of power. I never find a need to shut off all of the layout lights when I'm running trains. IN command mode, the zw-c's a & d handles, regardless of their...
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

George S ·
On the ZW-C with four bricks, all four outputs can be set at 18volts or less if desired. I would not use a big handle for accessories, only because they are easier to manipulate to control trains. He has output C open and can set that to 18volts. I think the Z4000 has the lower voltage limit on the B and C outputs, but not the ZW.
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

Moonman ·
I have three questions: How often has the operator run conventional trains in the past year? Would the operator be opposed to controlling conventionally at the transformer? Does the owner have the optional Volt/Amp meters on the ZW-C? The easiest setup is to put both transformers in manual mode- the term is Conventional (using the switch on the transformer) for the ZW-L and Manually for the ZW-C (programming it to TR #0). Then use the handles and set the desired voltage for it's assignment.
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

GGG ·
Don, You can really do anything you want, don't over think this. I would say: just phase transformers, use the L for heavy lifting and C for the minor stuff. Remember constant use of ZW-C handles can cause issues if early model. AS mentioned A & D start at zero regardless of throttle position, while B &C come on at throttle setting. Hence I use the B&C for accessories. A and D for track. Let the remote do everything else. G
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

gunrunnerjohn ·
No offense to your friend, but I'd first work on convincing him that he doesn't need 1500 watts of power to run that layout!
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

cjack ·
Yes but it looks good with ZW! Also I wonder if the emergency stop will still shut down the transformer when the ZW is running conventional. I do know it stops all the engines though.
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

George S ·
The manual says that it will. It says after a HALT command, you need to turn the power supplies (ZW-C) or transformer (ZW-L) off and on again.
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

Don(Cerritos) ·
Thank you so much for your replys! You guys have really helped me. In summary as a result, I think this is what I will do. 1. Reprogram both transformers with A ID # at 0. Preventing have to dial up each of the primary legs on start-up. 2. Move the "Layout Lites" off of Xfmr 2 throttle D to to throttle C. Still give ability to raiser and lower layout lights, without excessive use of throttle D. With those two changes I think it will provide best control of the layout, AND the easiest for him...
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

George S ·
In setting the transformers to manual / conventional mode, Carl points out that there is a switch on the ZW-L. I have the older ZW-C, so I just checked the manual. I think you just need to flip the switch on the ZW-L, where the ZW-C requires programming it to ID #0.
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

Moonman ·
So cool to break out the collection. I hope you get a chance to run some. George S. pointed out the one detail I was going to note about the ZW-L. The newer one has the switch. Have fun!
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

gunrunnerjohn ·
He can use the two extra 180W bricks to power his seat warmer.
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

Miken ·
Is your friend Tim "The Toolman" Taylor? More power, argh,argh,argh!
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Re: Optimizing a ZW-C and a ZW-L Transformers

Johnsgg1 ·
I am "Lionel only" also. Three generations of ZW's. I also have a 150 watt VW and use it on my 'test' track.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
It doesn't really matter for your use but if you want to be technically accurate, the wiper is connected to the left post, so the layout common would be phased/connected to the right post.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

OhB1 ·
Thanks for the help Rob!
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
All "O" gauge transformers are wired the same with some exceptions, the solution , take a more modern transformer with a breaker switch where the common is marked, then daisy-chain your transformers together. You connect the track terminals on each of the transformers together. For example if you were to use a a Lionel CW-80 - A-REDTRK and U-BLACKTRK which is common, attach to the MARX track terminals then slowly move each of the control-levers to power up the transformers. If the circuit...
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Be very careful, until ~2006, the red posts on the CW-80 were common.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Here is Marty's excellent illustrated transformer phasing tutorial .
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
Black, red and or silver nuts either way the common terminal with Lionel is clearly marked with/by a "U" and has been that way as far back as 1956 as I can recall, the most important feature here to remember is to use a that modern transformer where the common terminal is clearly identified and the transformer comes with circuit breaker be used when phasing testing being done, if you do not something they will start smoking or you'll blow your circuit breaker in your panel.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Arthur P. Bloom ·
"...the common terminal with Lionel is clearly marked with/by a "U" and has been that way as far back as 1956,,," With a couple of exceptions.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

OhB1 ·
Thanks all for your help. I actually have a LW transformer and A is the common on that transformer.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Before 2006, the "U" posts on the CW were not common. The "A" post is common on 1033, 1032, LW, TW, and all other single train transformers.
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

TomlinsonRunRR ·
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
Paul, after seeing your LW with the A-COMMON I got wondering so I gave the ones I had another look over and sure enough there it was "COMMON". Not ever noticing this engraving prior to this I always wired up the outside rails to "U". So I took to wondering and I daisy chained one of my LW's to a CW-80 i.e. U to U and A to A as suspected no problem what's so I then referred to the operating instructions on the LW "MULTI-CONTROL" Transformer and where I discovered Lionel's wiring diagrams...
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

ADCX Rob ·
Well, no. The convention up until the MW transformer was introduced, with very few exceptions, is the "A" post is common on single train transformers, "U" is common on multi-train transformers(Type R is an exception).
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

OhB1 ·
Wow I really thought this was going to be an easy answer! I'm glad everyone learned a little in the process!
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Re: Need help identifying the common terminal for a Marx 1209 transformer

Skeen Street Junction ·
If your think this is interesting and are thinking about getting into Lionel and/or MTH remote control well I'll tell the fun only just started. When I got back into it I thought I would stick with Post War stuff, I was wrong. Along with a bunch of other old farts we operate a layout at local area model railway train shows, if it works enjoy. Jim https://www.youtube.com/channe...OCqlNzFNeJNZEp_P-SlQ
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Re: Cheapest tender for Polar Express that supports the BELL on the CW-80 transformer?

Spectac ·
There is also the conductor car that has the announcement from the movie when you push the bell button
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

graz ·
There is a recalibration process that should fix that. The instruction manual outlines it but I can't seem to locate it online right now.
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Re: 1999 Vintage Lionel ZW transformer problem

bimmer050 ·
Thanks for your reply; I found this instruction manual but it doesn't seem to say anything about any calibration procedure: https://www.lionelsupport.com/...ents/72-2982-250.pdf If you come across it, would greatly appreciate the link to finding it. Roger
 
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