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Ok so I have just gotten a 1952 train set from my grandfather and while I am not 100% sure on which model it is, I believe it is a S Guage: American Flyer 300 Locomotive &Tender. Now the transformer is completely trashed, so I am going to buy a new one. On the transformer it says it has 115 volts and a max of 250 watts. Should I just buy a transformer with same/similar ratings or is there anything else i need to be looking for?
 

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Welcome to the forum...

In a word, yes, match up the watts and amps as close as you can get and have at it. Model Rectifier Corp. (MRC) makes a great line of transformers for all scales.
 

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Biscuit, what you have is American Flyer S scale. You can find plenty of used transformers on ebay. Your set is AC, not DC, so you want to keep that in mind: if you put a DC engine on your tracks, you'll trash the motor. The set you have was probably sold with a 50 to 75 watt transformer, but I'd recommend at least 100 watts of output: you'll want to expand eventually, so find a good 100w tranny now and have it out of the way. Here are a couple of sites for you to look at:

http://www.trainweb.org/s-trains/FAQ/locospecs.html
http://www.portlines.com/afrepairclinics.htm
http://www.trainweb.org/crocon/sinfo.html

Best wishes with your new hobby, and welcome to the forum!
 

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Ahhh, yes...forgot to note the AC part...my bad. You'd think I'd know better being a Marklin collector...sigh...
 
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