Lionel ZW-C - Missing Jumper Plugs

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Lionel ZW-C - Missing Jumper Plugs
Posted by Xerx68 on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 3:39 PM


Hoping someone with some experience can help me out with this issue.


I setup a train every year for Xmas, post-war Lionel 

The controller I had died this year, I managed to get myself a used ZW-C for a decent price with the two 180-watt bricks (way more than I need for my layout currently, but the price was good)


I've noticed that the two jumper plug are missing to split the power between A & B plus C & D


I only actually need the one power brick plugged in currently for the layout anways (hope to expand in future)


Am I risking damaging the Transformer or Trains without the Jumpers?  Is it okay to run with just one power brick and other 3 slots empty?

I have access to a CW-80 Transformer, but read that they cause issues with the post-war trains (which is a non-starter) Is anyone able to confirm that? Or is it safe?


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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 7:14 PM

I can't help you with the ZW-C, I'm unfamiliar with that one, but I can tell you a CW-80 will work just fine with post-wars, so don't worry.

In fact, I installed a CW-80 on our clubs train show test track and it works with anything three rail.  It powers American Flyer two rail trains as well with no problems.

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