Question about Lionel Cw 80 Transformer
We are trying to set up a refurbished lionel train set. We have the copper wires in place and the lockon connected to the tracks but we cannot get the transformer power to connect to the train power.
Bad connections, wires to/from the transformer, or maybe a real dirty track.
try spraying a very small amount of CRC [brand ) 226 it is better than any contact cleaner on the market. do not get it on the rubber traction wheels on the engine. If you do, wash off with alcohol using a cotton swab on the rubber band on the traction wheel....
check the voltage on the transformer with a multi meter should be 3 to 14 volts .
if that is ok, ckeck voltage on the rails, if that is ok, it is the switch unit on the engine. Again, find the switch, with a spray tube that came with the CRC 226, spray a small amount og the contact area[ this is called an "e-unit switch " and are 90% of the electrical source problems on the older engines,,BUT all are repairable !!!!
Posted on Nov 20, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Only one outside rail has to be insulated from other sections. A hot wire goes to the signal block. The other wire from the signal block goes to the section of track with the insulated outside rail. When the train passes over the section of track with the isolated rail, a connection is made to the power supply common through the wheel axel. The other wire from the aux supply (common) is connected to the same common as the supply powering the rails. Power the block signal from an aux supply not rail power.
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