Is it worth the effort to build a test unit for LionChief engines since they usually from what I’ve seen is just one board. On the other hand the LionChief + engines are more complicated so could a person benefit by building a test unit for testing the boards or just the parts connected to the board? One last question , what is the type of connectors Lionel uses to connect to their boards so I can make test leads.
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I recently build test sets for the Legacy RCMC and the Legacy BEMC boards, they have been very useful for me. If you work on a lot of LionChief stuff, you certainly could benefit from a test set.
The connectors used on most Lionel boards are the JST family of connectors. JST-EH, JST-PH, and JST-ZH are the most common, but a couple of the small connectors used on some Lionel board are the Molex PicoBlade 1.25mm pitch connectors.