Once again I preface this post with an apology if it has been discussed already, as I searched but did not find any posts:
The only train I have is a Lionel Legacy R-27 subway set, with the 990 remote controller and Legacy Powerhouse. I don't have an O gauge transformer. I just acquired an MTH R-1 subway set, and I don't want to do anything that will fry its electronics. Can the R-1 be run like a Legacy set? I'm afraid to put the R-1 on the track and power it up with the Legacy controller only to see smoke pour out of the set (and not the "good" smoke, either!)
If it has to be run in "conventional" mode, can I do that with the Legacy remote? Or do I have to buy a transformer? I am still a complete newbie with respect to O gauge three rail. Thank you for any advice.