I just purchased a used Lionel TrainMaster Command Control System (TMCC) with TMCC locomotive and tender. I have been told about "circuit protection" for the electronics in the TMCC locomotive, so I am planning to purchase a PowerHouse transformer for power and a PowerMaster for the track power controller.
My question is what power do I need?? PowerHouse 135W with the TrainMaster 135W?? or, PowerHouse 180W with the switchable TrainMaster 180W??
I also need to understand the advantages of using a TPC 300W or a TPC400W, (in lieu of either PowerMaster).
What does the extra power provide?? Is the TPC a better "track power controller"?? Also, would I need to purchase 2 PowerHouse 135W to power the TPC 300W or, 2 PowerHouse 180W to power the TPC 400W
I am just starting into this, so I will only have 1 train running. Whether I expand to additional trains depends on how the grandkids get into it at Christmas; I might just be running 1 train around the tree pulling lots of Christmas themed rolling stock and having Christmas lighted accessories - who knows. . . .
I greatly appreciate any and all input, suggestions, etc, Please help me understand the differences and/or the advantages of each. Any questions, just ask.
Thanks in advance --