Lionel Transformer Dead

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Lionel Transformer Dead
Posted by srguy on Friday, December 29, 2017 4:07 PM

I use this small transformer that came with an Erie Lackawanna RS3 set ... I think it a 50 W black w/ 2 terminals. It seems to have lost power .. any suggestions on repairing? Or just trash it?

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Posted by KRM on Friday, December 29, 2017 5:35 PM

They don't cost much on the bay to replace if it is a 1043

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Posted by Firelock76 on Friday, December 29, 2017 10:00 PM

I'm assuming you've metered it and gotten nothing on the meter, or put two wires on the terminals and touched the ends and got no spark.

KRM's correct, there's others around to replace it with, or you can simply go with a current production AC transformer from Lionel, MTH, or other outfits.

And if it's a 1043 as KRM suggests it's not worth trying to repair, no-one expected them to last 40, 50, or 60 years, they were strictly a starter set transformer. 

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Posted by cwburfle on Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:46 AM

I don't see how anybody can give a definitive answer without knowing the model number and condition of the transformer.
But at 50 watts, it is unlikely that it is worth repairing.

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Posted by srguy on Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:15 PM

Yesterday it was dead today it's alive. I tested the 2 termanals with a test light yesterday ... nothing. Connected 2 wires this morning and got sparks. Put the same test light on today and got power. Trains are operating fine on that loop today. Go figure! I agree it's better to relace than try to repair.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Saturday, December 30, 2017 12:22 PM

If you want a back-up I sent you a message thru the system, I can give you one for actual shipping. ( I will test to be sure) 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:30 PM

srguy

Yesterday it was dead today it's alive. I tested the 2 termanals with a test light yesterday ... nothing. Connected 2 wires this morning and got sparks. Put the same test light on today and got power. Trains are operating fine on that loop today. Go figure! I agree it's better to relace than try to repair.

 

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Posted by David1005 on Monday, January 01, 2018 1:33 AM
I have seen interment problems in the molded Lionel plug. Do not write the problem off to quickly. It could be serious.
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Posted by mikeace on Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:17 AM

Could be it shout down on over lode then reset itself

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