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Anyone here use a Lionel MW transformer to operate trains, picked up one cheap cheap 5 bucks, looks new. Woman said she purchased it for her son but don`t think he ever used it. I don`t know anything about an MW, but for 5 bucks i could not walk away from it. No user manual with it.
 

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Here's a Link to the MW manual.

The MW's ratings are listed on it: 16 V 50 VA. Basically a 50 W transformer
Thanks for the link. I wonder if this transformer can be used to operate older lionel engines, say back to the 1980s, the lionel shay manual mentions the MW transformer using a #10-5906-001 sound activation button with the transformer. I assume this was lionels recommendation for running the shay ???
 

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A shay is not an inexpensive engine. So I doubt it is DC only. The AC will run most of Lionel. Unless you go with any unconventional operating systems. Mike found the good manual it does have sound buttons so the extra sound activation buttons are not needed.

The best thing is to find the model items and research them at Lionel to get the information. The shay must have a model number and a manual, The box would have basic engine information.

Basic questions are. AC or DC motor, electronic, two or three position reverse. Then you have sound and control boards.
Many engines have DC motors that run on AC with electronic reverse units.
 
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