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Wiring Digram for Lionel model Rail Road Locomotive

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  • Nick Apr 09, 2011

    Thank you for your help. I failed to mention that this Blue Comet Locomotive has an "E" unit. and 3 wire that go back to the Tender.

  • Nick Apr 09, 2011

    I will look in these places
    Thank you for all your help.



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Center rail is one pole and the wheel rails are the other pole. Of course power is provided to the rail by a special piece of rail or a special connector with two screws that snaps to a standard rail. Your transformer has two terminals and there should be one wire from each transformer terminal to each of the two screws on the special connector. Depending on the direction you are going, one is + and the other is - from your transformer. The pick ups (the wheels on the outside rails and the center roller) send the variable voltage power to the motor which runs forward or in reverse, depending upon polarity. This shouldn't be any more complicated. The Light and Smoke (if any) don't care about the actual voltage (+ and - or - and +), just that there is voltage, while the motor is sensitive to the direction the power is actually going.

Always make connections between the transformer and rail with the transformer unplugged from the power source.

I hope this answers your question about your Lionel Train Locomotive.

Thank you for your quesito0n @

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  • A Miller Apr 09, 2011

    Have you looked here at all?

    Here is another resource - I think your answer will be here:

    My Lionel is not nearly as sophisticated as is yours. I am using "poles" in my response to help explain the operation but of course, yours is a AC train and doesn't actually have "poles".

  • A Miller Apr 09, 2011

    Thank you for your evaluation. Glad I could point you in the direction of your answer.

    Please consider for all your information needs.



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