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I thought I’d post this info for anyone else who might find it useful.

A few months ago I purchased a new 6-85226 180 watt powerhouse from an authorized Lionel dealer. I intended to use it to provide power to a fixed channel on my TIU. Upon receiving it, to my great frustration, the circuit breaker would trip as soon as I turned it on EVERY TIME. I eliminated all the variables until I realized that The powerhouse didn’t even have to be connected to anything for the breaker to trip!

I was in the verge of returning it when I decided to stick both of the leads from my voltmeter into the molex connector plug and noticed it was registering high and low readings. Eventually, I decided to role up some electrical tape and put it in the molex plug hole that is “empty”, I.e. the hole that doesn’t have the connection through which the power would pass. Low and behold, the breaker stopped tripping when I would turn it on and it has both provided power and the circuit breaker has worked appropriately ever since. 

I have no idea why this occurred and unfortunatetly have forgot what caused me to think to put the electrical tape in the top hole but it has essentially served to fully/properly insulate something in the plug. Hope this solution may be prove useful to anyone else who may encounter this problem.

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 It’s likely out of the time frame to return it to Gryzboski’s, with whom I’ve never had a problem(bought it early math or late February) but considering it was produced within the last 2 years I thought I’d be able to register it with Lionel- it’s still within warranty- but I was unable to do so on-line.

It’s worked completely fine every since I did the electrical tape thing, but considering that I have a pretty high opinion of both of you and your input now I’m a little concerned and think I’ll try to get this taken care of- whether through Gryzboski’s if possible or Lionel. Thank you for the input @gunrunnerjohn and @Adriatic

There's nothing wrong with the transformer. This was part of the redesign required for compliance. The transformer cannot have "live power" without the pin in that third position being pushed in. Per the manual, when connecting the transformer to something like a TIU, you have to install the included extra pin into the connector. Unfortunately there seem to be some transformers shipped without that pin included. If you call Customer Service, we can send that pin.

Or you can use electrical tape to replicate the pin 

@Dave Olson posted:

There's nothing wrong with the transformer. This was part of the redesign required for compliance. The transformer cannot have "live power" without the pin in that third position being pushed in. Per the manual, when connecting the transformer to something like a TIU, you have to install the included extra pin into the connector. Unfortunately there seem to be some transformers shipped without that pin included. If you call Customer Service, we can send that pin.

Or you can use electrical tape to replicate the pin 

I can honestly say that was abut the last thing I expected to read 🤔

But at least I read it 😋👍  

The breaker had me worried too.

Can you expand a little on that? Is it normal too?

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