Any Information on running Bing/Marklin Low voltage Locomotives?

I was just curious about the voltage and amperage of Bing/Marklin Low voltage locomotives, and I want to run one, but am too afraid of damaging it on accident.
So, I figured I would ask you all, because there is at least one of you that know how to run one>
do know that they were originally run off of big batteries, I found one for bing online (somehow)

The locomotive I was interested about running was a Bing Balvaria locomotive, so this looks about right.
Though can anyone lead me to where I can collect information on the locomotive? (Amperage and whatnot)
It's quite precious, and I don't want to accidentally ruin it with too much amperage or too little.
What I do know about it is that it's a 4 volt locomotive, DC, but that's it.
Thanks in advance for anyone who helps.

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Over here in the UK, lab type, switched mode bench top power supplies are popular, models commonly used have an output of 0 to 30 volts, 0 to 5 amps. It's what I use to run a wide variety of vintage locos, from a Bing 4 volt Midland Railway "Spinner" through to a Lionel 402E, via a wide variety of gauge O and 1. The thing to watch with a 4 volt motor, is whether the magnet is any good, most are not, and you will notice the motor is drawing an excessive amount of amps. A good one should need no more than 1.5 amps tops, usually less, a poor one will draw over 2 amps, and will rapidly cook the armature windings.


Cheers, Mark.

Jameco Electronics out of California has a nice selection of DC lab switchable mode power supplies. I use a Velleman 0-30 volt, 0-3 amp unit purchased from them for operating my LGB locos. Good service and excellent packing and shipping. Recommended!

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Berkshire posted:

Will there be any way to re-magnetize it, or will I have to just replace the magnet altogether?

I know of one guy in the whole world, who can replace dud magnets in vintage locos. His name is Allister Hughes, and he is located here in the UK.  Most old magnets don't hold their magnetism very well, genuinely permanent magnets were a fringe benefit of WW2.


Cheers, Mark.

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