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I am in the planning stages for my layout. I want to keep things as simple as possible. Currently I have two extra transformers from kit quality trains (both Life Like.) Is there any reason that I cannot use the accessory positions off of those in place is getting a 12 volt power supply. I am on a tight budget but do not want to run anything other than the track off of the main transformers.
 

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Divide and conquer sounds good. Keep in mind your voltages and AC DC. You will be using too much power if you trip the circiut breaker on the transformer. If the train slows in an area you will need to add jumpers to that section of track to help. A few smaller transformers are sometimes better than one larger one. Accessories are usually AC. Why do you need 12 volts?
 

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I think that I did not make this clear enough. I am not using the extra two transformers to power the track. I am going to use these to power the accessories, such as lights, whistle etc. I want to know if there is any disadvantage to using these over using a small 12 volt power supply. I have other transformers to run the track.
 

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I think that I did not make this clear enough. I am not using the extra two transformers to power the track. I am going to use these to power the accessories, such as lights, whistle etc. I want to know if there is any disadvantage to using these over using a small 12 volt power supply. I have other transformers to run the track.
I have a total of six on my layout. Two power accessories, lights, turntable, the transfer table, the others the track. It'll be fine.
 
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