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I was checking a couple trains I had fixed the other night on my layout. I didn’t have any luck, even with a new train I used. I’ve soldered my layout and cleaned the track. I connected the wires from the terminal track to the transformer. I took apart the transformer for my brothers train. I remember other members telling me to be wary of using old power supplies, so I was curious about its condition & pried off the control knob with a pair of scissors, hoping it would separate from the housing but it didn’t work.I know I’m not the only person who’s had difficulties in the past. I think I’ll buy everything new and stop working with older trains.
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I wasn't really thinking of dcc until you mentioned it. I think I was more concerned with things working properly. I also thought of having a hobby shop in Calgary build a layout for me so I wont have to mess around & deal with track problems etc, but it takes away the fun of building a layout with your hands too.
 

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I also thought of having a hobby shop in Calgary build a layout for me so I wont have to mess around & deal with track problems etc, but it takes away the fun of building a layout with your hands too.
If you have them do the layout only through the track laying stage there will still plenty for you to do.
 

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dang, that power supply must have been a couple hundred bucks, huh?
 

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Hi D&J.
The power supply in the photo is from my brother's Fleischmann train set, & my brother was born in Germany in the 1960's. I think the train set originally came out in the mid 50's though.
 

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I've tried repairing the Fleischmann transformer that came with my brother's set, but I haven't had any luck so I decided to browse Ebay. I feel I owe it to my brother to get a replacement power supply. I emailed a guy in Germany about the Fleischmann transformer he's selling, to find out if its 220v or 110v as his ad doesn't have a photo of power specs. I haven't heard back from him yet, but I might splurge & buy it with the Visa card I have, yet I'm only supposed to use it for "Non model railroad items." My birthday is at the end of the month too. I've been looking at other transformers of a lower voltage by Fleischmann, along with other model train items. The next time I take a transformer apart to inspect it, I'll take the bottom off first that way all the bells & whistles will be intact.

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I've tried repairing the Fleischmann transformer that came with my brother's set, but I haven't had any luck so I decided to browse Ebay. I feel I owe it to my brother to get a replacement power supply. I emailed a guy in Germany about the Fleischmann transformer he's selling, to find out if its 220v or 110v as his ad doesn't have a photo of power specs. I haven't heard back from him yet, but I might splurge & buy it with the Visa card I have, yet I'm only supposed to use it for "Non model railroad items." My birthday is at the end of the month too. I've been looking at other transformers of a lower voltage by Fleischmann, along with other model train items. The next time I take a transformer apart to inspect it, I'll take the bottom off first that way all the bells & whistles will be intact.

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MrStucky;

The transformer in your photo looks like one of many electric devices that was not designed to be taken apart. If the bottom unscrews, that's fine, but if it doesn't, you may have to cut the thing to get it open. I've done that with some battery chargers and other devices, and it's not easy. I recommend you determine what type of power, and voltage, your brother's train is supposed to run on, and buy a transformer that fits that bill. If the train runs on DC power, you can test it with a 9-volt battery across the wheels of the locomotive, using a 9-volt battery clip that has wires attached, or just a plain piece of wire to reach the far wheel with one of the battery terminals on one wheel. If that works, what you need isn't, technically a "transformer" but rather a DC "power pack" which has both a transformer, and a rectifier, inside it. These are very common, and used ones are available cheap. Model Rectifier Corp. (MRC) is one excellent brand. If your brother's train runs on AC power, the track it runs on will probably have a third rail, or a series of metal studs, down the center of the ties. The type of power, and voltage output, may be labeled on the broken transformer you have now. And yes, AC powered trains do actually run on transformers rather than power packs.

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