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Finally got around to hooking up the ZW-L.  Haven’t connected the CAB1 yet.  Wanted to test the Lionchief and conventional engines first.  Set the rear switch to Conventional.   Cranked the power up to 18V on 2 of the loops and the Lionchief engines work fine with their own remote.  However the conventional engine has a seizure when power is applied.  It literally shakes in its place without moving forward.   I think it’s trying to move back forth back forth back forth.  When I connected the original transformer to the track, the engine worked fine.

The engine is from the 70s.  The ZW-L is hooked up correctly as far as I can tell.  When the lever is raised, a conventional engine should start to move and gradually speed up, yes?

Is there something about the ZW-L and conventional engines that I’m missing?

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Thanks for responding. I’m sure it was not an expensive set even back then. Nothing special about it other than it was mine when I was 7. :-)

i’ll post pictures but after reading the responses, I think the issue is that it’s a DC transformer. When putting the wires on the transformer last night I saw the letters DC and it never even dawned on me. That’s probably the issue.

@VJandP posted:

I think the issue is that it’s a DC transformer. When putting the wires on the transformer last night I saw the letters DC...

Lionel cataloged DC sets from 1973 to 1991 and multiple thousands were sold. There were several versions of DC power packs / transformers in those sets, including the 4060 that looks like a AC transformer in a black case, but has 4 binding posts(2 DC & 2 DC) and a slide switch for direction.

@ADCX Rob posted:

Lionel cataloged DC sets from 1973 to 1991 and multiple thousands were sold. There were several versions of DC power packs / transformers in those sets, including the 4060 that looks like a AC transformer in a black case, but has 4 binding posts(2 DC & 2 DC) and a slide switch for direction.

Yep!  That’s the black box I have.  Thank you everyone for the input. I feel much better about this now. For a moment I thought I may have done something wrong with the ZW-L.

Tangent question… Is there a way to convert an older engine to AC power?

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