The Lionel RS-1 (RS-I?) looks to me like an interesting starter transformer but I can't find too much information about it and I would be grateful for any experiences or advice anyone can share.  One thing I'm curious about is if the circuit breaker is the fast-acting type suitable for modern electronics.  Would it be possible to run a modest train on the throttle knob and a trolley on the accessory knob, or is that asking too much?  Thanks for any information!

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bajinnova posted:

The Lionel RS-1 (RS-I?) 

It is RS-"one"; the first Road Switcher (RS). (Their switchers - no short hood - were "S-1" and the like.) In fact, Alco was the first to use "road switcher" as a term, so far as I know. Later came the RS-2 and RS-3 (almost identical visually), and some other RS's, then they quit using the term.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

It's only a 50W transformer, so I'd probably be looking for something a bit more robust if it were me.

But for a 50W transformer, how is it?  But point taken on the power.  If I buy a new transformer it will be a Z-1000, but for a starter Christmas layout I could pick up an RS-1 for a lot less and having the whole thing in one box would be convenient.

D500 posted:
bajinnova posted:

The Lionel RS-1 (RS-I?) 

It is RS-"one"; the first Road Switcher (RS). (Their switchers - no short hood - were "S-1" and the like.) In fact, Alco was the first to use "road switcher" as a term, so far as I know. Later came the RS-2 and RS-3 (almost identical visually), and some other RS's, then they quit using the term.

He’s talking about a transformer, the RS-1 (Lionel 6-12780), not a locomotive.

A 50-watt transformer is not a decent starter model. It’s underpowered. So forget the RS-1 and focus on a 75- to 100-watt transformer instead.

Jim R. 

Thanks.  I found the post below comparing it favorably to the CW-80, which is part of what got me started thinking about it.  But maybe I should consider a Z-1000 instead.

https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/what-is-the-best-100-watt-transformer?reply=22970455092952512#22970455092952512

I think it still might have a place, though.  It could be a cheap and simple way to get the "I want a train set for Christmas" mission accomplished, and if a larger layout follows (which is the plan) maybe it would make a good extra transformer for a trolley or accessories wiht something bigger (Z-4000?) for main track power?

So the question still remains: is it a good 50W transformer, and is the circuit breaker the fast modern type?

There was internal issues with the RS-1 transformers. It had an older style circuit breaker, faster than a postwar 1033, but not a true electronic circuit breaker. This was a dog of a transformer and quickly replaced with the MW type. As far as I know, the MW had the first true electronic CB.

Chuck Sartor posted:

There was internal issues with the RS-1 transformers. It had an older style circuit breaker, faster than a postwar 1033, but not a true electronic circuit breaker. This was a dog of a transformer and quickly replaced with the MW type. As far as I know, the MW had the first true electronic CB.

Thank you very much, that's really helpful information.

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