Lionel ZW Transformer

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Lionel ZW Transformer
Posted by KirkD on Sunday, November 17, 2019 2:04 PM

Newbie alert -- first post:

Lionel Train Set No 1609 (early 1960s vintage).  Getting a train set out after many years of non-use.  Setting up a small oval, my Engine seems to be working with my original (small) transformer, but goes slow / like it's on slow speed even when on full speed setting on the transformer.

Using my old ZW transformer -- as I slide the throttle to more power the red light shines brighter, but engine does not move at all, tried a couple different channels with same result.;  

Thoughts on what could go wrong or recommendations on things to check or repair actions?  Also -- feel free to direct me to more appropriate forum if this is not the one to ask this type of question.

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Posted by bedell on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 3:45 PM

Welcome, but you need to go to the Classic Toy Trains site.  That is where you will meet all the Lionel experts.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:53 PM

Welcome aboard!

Yep, the CTT forum is the place to be:

Besides the forum, there's a repair database:

Lots of electricity saavy guys over there.  They'll get you up and running pretty quick!


Trains, trains, wonderful trains.  The more you get, the more you toot!  Big Smile

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Posted by KirkD on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:00 PM

Thanks for the help on getting to the right forum/s!


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