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Can i run a lionel 2025 locomotive with a cw 80 transformer

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: My new Lionel CW-80 trans former stopped working

I have had the same problem with my polar express, which i just bought recently. Having to send it to the USA from the UK would be very expensive so i decided to open it up myself. The tamper proof screws were a bit of a problem getting into it. I ground down an old screw driver into the triangle shape to undo them. I then replaced them with self taping srews the same size.
The Problem I found was simple, there is an internal (250V, 8Amp) fuse soldered onto the red wire on the secondary winding of the transformer. The red wire going from the transformer to the PCB, the fuse has black heatshrink over it.
There is no room inside the housing of the controller to fit a fuse holder. I fitted a box on the side of it with a panel mount fuse holder. drilled a hole through the housing, fitted longer red wires, so they could go through to the terminations on the back of the fuse holder.
At least now I can change it simply if it blows again.

hope this is of help to you.

Posted on Dec 08, 2008

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SOURCE: lionel CW - 80 transformer

Check out this link, I think it will help.

http://www.lionel.com/media/servicedocuments/71-4198-251.pdf

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Lionel Polar Express Berkshire Locomotive will only go in reverse

No doubt the transistor in the motor controller inside the engine is shorted TIP31C Q6 If you have the skills you can repair the unit. Parts are cheap, like 50 cents. Expense is shipping. Have repaired at least one that had the probblem you describe
good luck

Posted on Dec 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Can I use the cw-80 transformer on any Lionel

You should be able to. The Lionel transformers all put out AC power, not DC and many Marx and American Flyer transformers will work too. The real question is total amount of power being drawn and whether or not you have the wattage to match your engine and accessories. With the CW-80 though, it should put out plenty. I run my pre-war 1666E engine pulling a full compliment of metal cars with no problems using a CW-80.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011

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If you are talking about how many feet of track than your answer is 50. You can get the manual on the link below.

http://www.lionel.com/media/servicedocuments/71-4198-251.pdf

Posted on Feb 19, 2011

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How do you open lionel transformer cw-80?


On the base of the transformer you will find 4 tamper proof screws that you will need to remove to open the case. A triangular blade screwdriver will be need to do this. Once removed the tamper proof screws can be replaced with self tapping screws.
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Jul 16, 2014 | Lionel Cw 80 Transformer

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The layout fits totally within a 4x8 board. No accessories and only the engine on the track. The engine stops like it is getting little or no power.


First check your track with a multimeter for track power voltage & continuity.
Second, clean your wheels & pick up roller on your locomotive.
Third, clean your track.

Oct 20, 2013 | Lionel Cw 80 Transformer

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Lionel cw-80 transformer blown voltage regulator i cant read the size can you help?


The voltage regulator is part LM78L05. You might want to check the two diodes are ok as well 'D1' & 'D2', sadly I can't see markings on them.

Dec 19, 2012 | Lionel Cw 80 Transformer

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I am using a standard 80 watt transformer (not command control), but the rail sounds do not work on this unit at all. I have checked the on/off switch and played with the volume, but still no sounds. At...


Many of the MTH Protosounds 1 and 2 and Trainmaster will not work with the Lionel CW-80 electronic power source. The output waveform is so non-like sinusoidal. The electronic sound systems will not usually respond to this waveform and when they do, the sound will be garbled. Use another power source.

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Can I use the cw-80 transformer on any Lionel train set from year 1948 to the preasant , thanks George


You should be able to. The Lionel transformers all put out AC power, not DC and many Marx and American Flyer transformers will work too. The real question is total amount of power being drawn and whether or not you have the wattage to match your engine and accessories. With the CW-80 though, it should put out plenty. I run my pre-war 1666E engine pulling a full compliment of metal cars with no problems using a CW-80.

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I recently purchased a Dash 9-44 CW Diesel locomotive. It has on the label of the box "Command Equipped" - "Towercom TM" - "Crewtalk TM" - "Railsounds TM". My...


I'm not familiar with the Dash 9-44 CW but it may be that the sound and smoke switches are turned off. You will probably find these under a removable cover on top of the locomotive or under it, usually near the cab. Check your instructions or go to Lionel.com and click on support. Instructions and manuals can be found here.

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My lionel rw transformer won't run the train unless ithe speed control is turned 3/4 way up or better . Can this be fixed ?


Yes. Find a Lionel repair shop or bring it to a local hobby store that does model train repairs. You can contact Lionel for a list of repair shops.

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