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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 question is - WILL THIS LOCOMOTIVE WORK WITH A CW-80 80 WATT TRANSFORMER AND OPERATE THE Railsound, Crewtalk, Towercom and Smoke? I was told when I purchased the locomotive that all of this would still work. Just not all the dialog. But none of the Towercom, Crewtalk or smoke will operate. Is that because this locomotive requires a Legacy Remote Control System?

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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 and click on support. Instructions and manuals can be found here.

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replace the button with a new one just remember which wire goes to which terminal. you will need a soldering iron and electronic solder to do this trick , also make sure you un plug the transformer. by any chance you got any n-scale trains you want to get rid of . If you do send me the info @ [email protected] I'am a disabled veteran with little funds.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008


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SOURCE: lionel CW - 80 transformer

Check out this link, I think it will help.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009


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SOURCE: Why does my new CW 80 transformer show constant

It sounds like the variable resistor control is faulty or shorted, and supplying voltage all the time. If the unit's new, enforce your warranty or exchange priviledge. This problem shouldn't be happening for a few years.
If, for some reason, your warranty doesn't apply, you'll have to take it apart to figure out what's broken or shorted.
I would contact Lionel, if worse comes to worse- maybe they would send you an exchange.
Here's their support site:
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010


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SOURCE: The Cw 80 watt transformer

If you have a volt meter you can check the rails for power, Check the transformer wiring to the first rail connection and then along the rails for loss loose connection(s). If you have power to the rails it is an issue with the Engine, Check any brush or rail riders (connections) for a bent or broken tab. If for a temp fix in a broken connection tab or brush you can use Tin foil. Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010


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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.

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