Friends: I am considering getting a standard LC RS-3 starter set loco (from set No. 6-85253- "End of the Line Express"), but intend to run it via a conventional transformer, either an MTH Z-1000, or a Lionel CW-80. I have seen so many opinions on this approach here that my head is spinning!
SO: 1) can I run this LC RS-3 loco with either of those transformers?; 2) if so, do I just set them at 18v track power & use the hand-held remote?; 3) must I replace light bulbs my illuminated rolling stock if running at 18v? SEPARATELY: Does this starter set RS-3 have the power to pull 8-10 cars? Would adding weight to the loco in some way improve its traction & pulling power?
And please... I refer only to LC locos.... not LC+.
THANK YOU in advance... I apologize if my questions repeat those in the past, my searches did not return anything specific to me.