Thanks for the add to the forum. I am a totally rookie so please bear with me. I did some searching but don't really know what I am looking for so I apologize if this is a dumb question in advance! I accidentally started this thread on the o-gauge page as that's what I thought I had but someone was kind enough to point me here with my standard setup.
I recently saved my great grandfather's collection of standard track with a no 384 engine and a bunch of cars to go with it (312 observation car, 513, 517, and 512). I don't know much about the sets but assume this is a mixed bunch?
My grandfather had them running while I was a child and when he passed they were boxed up luckily. Being the only grandchild with a house I spent the last month building an areal track that rides along the ceiling and is about a 30 foot standard oval shape. I made sure all of the pins engaged tightly and ohmed out the whole inner and middle rails (two I chose to power the track) making sure they were <1ohm around the loop. I thought I was ready to test the train and get it setup to run but ran into an issue with the transformer which led me to hunting for help on what to use on here. I got some good feedback and think I am going to go with an RW due to my budget, the older school look of it which matches and my lack of accessories - just running the engine. Feedback on that welcome. Looks like i can run this with the U post going to my outer rail and A post to my inner rail for 19V to power this train.
My other post led me to some awesome intel showing me I am in way over my head with this hobby - but I'm super excited to learn! The train was running before it was boxed up but has been sitting for years since. Curious if there is anything I should do to it prior to trying to run it (routine maintenance) or anything to look for. I can see a few parts missing like the wheel linkages, is it OK to run it as is and upgrade later or should I get these or other missing parts first?
Also any comments on my setup or tips for a total rookie would be helpful! I am planning to install a fence of sorts to prevent a runaway train from falling if it jumps off the track as I heard these engines can gain speed on their own as they warm up. Thanks for any tips/feedback. Very excited to get this going again and grateful for any help!