I've seen the Lionel 2021 Catalog entry and what's on the Lionel Product site,
CW80 Transformer (New & Improved) SKU: 1908080
80 Watt AC power supply
Throttle lever to control speed and power. Operate your favorite features with the bell, whistle/horn, and direction buttons.
0-18 volt variable programmable AC output for accessory operation
Compatible power supply for:
LionChief Plus 2.0
Traditional transformer locomotives
Built-in circuit protect for derailments and shorts
Rail Line: Great Northern
Road Number: 246
Dimensions: Length: 14"
This information still leaves me wondering what, at it's core, will be different from the older CW80 and what other Improvements it will have.
For instance, does it still use a switching power supply for it's AC output or does it use a variable transformer output like it's Postwar siblings?
Will it cause issues when connected to a Powermaster (the possibility of "unpredictable operation" like the 6-14198 CW80)?
How fast does it disconnect the output in case of a short circuit and does it use a relay or solid-state circuitry to break the connection?
Does it have built-in TVS (Transient Voltage Suppression)?
An Internet search has not revealed any more information about the new CW80. Does anyone here have more definitive information about this Product that I've heard rumored to be available this fall?