Lionel Train Transformer A-U Circuit
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2 Jun When it comes to wiring a Lionel LW transformer, there's more to consider than just which posts to use. The size of the wires also matters. If you derail a train, amps of power can run through the wire for seconds before the circuit breaker kicks in. An LW has enough power to melt wire and make it. Specifically, the KW transformer provided by Lionel can be very confusing, as it is capable of providing power to two separate track circuits, complicating setup. Despite the If the train running on the "U-A" track is going the wrong direction per your preference, unplug the transfomer and switch the wires on the "U-A" screws. hello all i am a proud owner of my grandpas lionel train set now. He never taught me how to hook it up growing up and he has past now. I have put it around my xmas tree and it looks wonderful. i'd like to get it running but am afraid to hook it up. the transformer i have is a train master type kw volt, 60 cycle watts. it .
While cleaning out my late parents house we found my Dads lionel train set loco, whistle tender, and green metal passenger cars, transformer. I have no written material on the set at all. Any this web page would be appreciated.
Two of the binding posts on the transformer are the variable speed output for the locomotive and two others are for the accessories. It sounds like you have the track connected to the wrong terminals. Move your question over to the Classic Toy Trains forum and perhaps someone over there can provide you with a wiring diagram. Connecting post U and A to the track will porvide a variable voltage of 5 to 16 volts to control the speed of the train.
With just one loop of track and one train, it does not matter which post is connected to which terminal on the lockon. Voltage, and train speed increases when the right hand control lever is turned clockwise.
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Depending on the locomotive, the sequence will either be forward, neutral, reverse, neutral, or forward, reverse. I don't recall what the sequence on your locomotive is. You can cycle the e-unit by shutting the throttle off, then on, or by moving the left hand control lever to the left turning it counterrclockwisethen letting it return to it's spring loaded center position.
This shuts off the power to the track and allows the e-unit to cycle. You sound the whistle by moving the left hand lever to the left turning it clockwise.
This will have the A throttle on top of the transformer run the trains. Using a volt-ohm meter, verify that the resistance between the outside rails and the center rails is infinite no continuity. TonyPDX It's been a few years since this thread was active, but I have a similar situation to the Virginians' original post - I just pulled a Standard guage Lionel set out of the box for the first time in 50 years. Any suggestions on where to go from here? Posts A and B provide a constant 5 volts, while posts B and C provide a constant 11 volts.
This puts a DC voltage on the track that operates the relay in the tender that sounds the whistle. For one train operation posts B and C on this transfprmer are not used. Posts B and U will provide a variable voltage of 0 to 11 volts, controlled by the throttle. Posts A and B provide a constant 5 volts, while posts B and C provide a constant 11 volts. The constant voltage is useful for powering track side accessories.
Welcome to the forum. Keep asking questions, as there are people here that will know the answer, or we will start a discussion and figure the answer out.
You only need one lock-on.
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The other wire goes to post A. This will give you the most power out of the transformer. If your set was made inyou have the earlier of two different locomotives which were both confusingly numbered Both models should have the 3-position reversing unit "e-unit" --forward-neutral-reverse-neutral.
You can step through the direction sequence by turning the right-hand control off, or by moving the left-hand control counter-clockwise. The had a wheel arrangement, that is, a 2-wheel pilot truck, 6 driving wheels, and a 2-wheel trailing truck. This was called a "prairie" locomotive.
The model had a arrangement, which Here incorrectly also called a prairie, but which is properly an "Adriatic". I suggest you lubricate the engine and all the cars before you run the train.
Here is a link to a service manual. You might also want to consider one of my recommendations: Bend the center pin on each piece of track slightly to one side. This makes a better connection and will keep the track together. If you have switches, you probably shouldn't try to bend the pins as it may damage the switch.
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Actually, you don't bend the pin, but bend the center rail where the pin is inserted into it. If you use this technique, you will find it is much quicker than trying to squeeze the holes in the track together, you will find that the connection is better, and you will find the track comes apart easily when you want to take it apart.
Thanks to all of you who responded, I got everything working, but the locomotive derails a lot in foreward works fine backing up. Does the pilot truck derail to the inside of curves? If so, that is characteristic of that locomotive and results from an incorrect design of the steering geometry.
It can be fixed by modifying the locomotive, but probably more than you want to attempt. I have found that proper lubrication of the engine will reduce or eliminate derailing. There is another problem to look for.
I believe your engine has a pilot truck made from die cast zinc. On a that I have, the hole for the axle was badly worn.
I removed one of the wheels and made a bushing to go in the axle hole, and the problem was fixed. I am careful to keep everything well lubricated, particularly engines. I have seen a lot of damage done to engines caused by lack of lubrication. Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!
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Welcome to the forum. I can turn the wheels by hand and they seem to be free from any obvious mechanical problems, but that's as far as I've gotten. You are correct in that early on Lionel established a cockamamie hook-up "convention" that used different designations for "common" depending on whether a transformer was designed to have just one or two-or-more throttles.
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