Transformers

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Transformers
Posted by Payitforward on Monday, July 16, 2018 5:04 PM

How can I tell if a transformer will work if to forward and reverse a train if I don't have a track set up and at an auction or store?

I do have a inexpensive meter, but don't know what I'm testing for.

Will all Lionel transformers work for all post war trains?

Thank you

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Posted by richg1998 on Monday, July 16, 2018 6:30 PM

Welcome.

I figure you are new here.

You should really post in the Model Railroader Electronics DCC forum.

Rich

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Posted by Payitforward on Thursday, July 19, 2018 2:22 PM

Thank you for the guidance. Yep, new to this with post war 40's/50's

by the way....how do i find it ???

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Friday, July 20, 2018 11:52 AM

   On the opening page on the TRAINS site, select the heading "BROWSE OUR FORUMS" to see the various forums listed.  Since you mentioned Lionel, you might want to check in at "CLASSIC TOY TRAINS" as well as "MODEL RAILROAD".

   By the way, if you are talking about the basic Lionel trains, as I recall, reverse was achieved by just powering off and on.   A solenoid in the locomotive would alternate directions.   We may not be talking about the same thing, so don't take my word as absolute.

   Oh, and I think the transformers were all compatible.  I used Lionel and Marx transformers with each other's trains.

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Posted by ADCX Rob on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:58 PM

Were you able to find a working transformer?

Rob

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Posted by Roger Carp on Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:51 AM

Hi and thanks for posting your question

 

Please contact me directly at Classic Toy Trains for information to help you.

 

Best,

 

Roger Carp

Senior editor

262-796-8776 ext. 253

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