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Old 01-24-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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Lionel LW transformer questions

Hey, all, I've found wiring diagrams, but not an operating manual. What are all the extra posts for? How can I make the whistle work? Do I wire up another lockon to two more posts? Finally, can anyone suggest a good repair shop (for both a transformer and an engine) in the Houston area?
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:45 PM   #2
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General old-school Lionel transformer info, and specific LW tech info ...

I think the last page of the first link has transformer pinouts.

http://pictures.olsenstoy.com/searchcd31.htm?itm=630

http://pictures.olsenstoy.com/searchcd31.htm?itm=658
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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With the LW, the "U" (variable) post should connect to your center rail, and "A" (common) post to an outer rail, via the Lockon for your variable train-running voltage. Your whistle should activate through that same track connection when pushing the button. The extra terminals (B and C posts) on the LW are for fixed 14 volt and 18 volt outputs for running lights and accessories.. Those should never be connected to the track.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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Thanks, Gerard

That answers it!
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LW Operating Manual

I got no scanner but here's a couple pics of the LW instruction sheet. It's readable if you enlarge it some. HTH.





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Perfect. Thanks, Texas Pete! BTW, may I ask where you are? I've had a spectacularly poor experience with a repair shop here in Houston, and was hoping to get some recommendations before going somewhere else.
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Perfect. Thanks, Texas Pete! BTW, may I ask where you are? I've had a spectacularly poor experience with a repair shop here in Houston, and was hoping to get some recommendations before going somewhere else.
I'm South of Austin. There's not a decent O gauge train store (that I know about) for many miles. In case i ever need a repair person I'll contact The Austin Tinplate Trackers. You might also put in an inquiry on the forums regarding good repair shops in the Houston area.

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Pete,

Good post. I wonder if that doc (and ones like it) are available online for other old-school transformers? I don't think the "operating instructions" are in the Olsen's library, though perhaps someone will correct me on this.

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For future Search hits:

Lionel LW Transformer Instruction Sheet
Lionel LW Transformer Operating Instructions
Lionel LW Transformer User Manual
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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I have that as a single PDF document will full sized pages, but I can't upload PDF files here. It's also too big for a ZIP file. What the forum needs is a library.
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Didn't someone (Big Ed, I think?) once post a link to a library of transformer "operating instructions" (as opposed to the service specs)?

I like the library idea. Hmmm ...
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