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I have an old lionel I dont know the model. But when I put it on my track it didnt want to work. So I was messing around with it. And I hit the horn botton on my transformer and the train moved forword. when I hit the bell botton the train goes in reverse. whats going on.
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I'm a newbie/novice, so I easily run the risk of not knowing what I'm talking about ... but ...

You said you're using a CW-80 transformer, right? That's AC output. Did the old Lionel HO trains run on DC, like many other HO trains?

The horn and whistle buttons on the CW-80 kick out a "voltage jump" which might be perceived as a DC spike, hence getting a DC train to go for a split second.

Again, I could be blowin' smoke here!

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Ha ha ... "TJ is correct" ...

Go figure ... even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then!

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