Wiring a rheostat

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Wiring a rheostat
Posted by Ribdoner on Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:00 PM

I have a Lionel #95 rheostat and need help on how to wire it to run a train.  It has been a long time since I have used it, I am running it off a Lionel Z transformer.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:43 PM

Hope I don't get this back wards lol but take a wire and run it from the U side of the transformer to the track then take a wire from the a run it to the rheostat left side I believe and then take a wire from the right side and run it to the track

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Posted by cwburfle on Sunday, December 30, 2012 6:53 AM

If you are connecting the "U" terminal to the outside rails, and operating any accessories, including lights, that use the outside rails to get power, then you want to put the rheostat in the other wire (hot side). Otherwise the rehostat will affect those accessories.

Just curious: why are you using a rheostat with a type "Z" transformer?

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Posted by lionelsoni on Sunday, December 30, 2012 5:10 PM

I don't know Ribdoner's reason; but I have occasionally run with a rheostat and, incidentally, a Z transformer.  It has a different feel from using the transformer knob.  I think the appeal is that the train doesn't respond as abruptly and fully to control changes and so resembles in a way the delayed response that you would get at a real locomotive's controls.

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Posted by cwburfle on Monday, December 31, 2012 6:44 AM

 

I have occasionally run with a rheostat

I have fond memories of running my uncle's 10E set with a rheostat and one of the old stepped voltage transformers (don't remember which one).
The set was in very "played with" condition, with bits of wire replacing most of the couples, and joining Lionel, American Flyer and Ives rolling stock.

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Posted by Ribdoner on Monday, December 31, 2012 12:08 PM

Using the rheostat because this is how we did it as kids, just going back in time for fun

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Posted by ljliberto on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 12:32 PM
Me too. A picture of one connected would be helpful. Thanks
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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 6:14 PM

3 Lionel 95's wired to 60 watt Type A, 100 watt Type T and 150 watt Type K transformers:

This one was being installed to the table surface while I built the layout:

This one is mounted on a block of wood and has an extra long wire attached.  "Early 20th Century Remote Control" Wink

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Posted by Jim Hornaday on Friday, February 09, 2018 8:00 AM

Give it sugar and coffee?? That usually gets me wired..........

Sorry, I couldn't resist!!

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