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Maybe a silly question....BUT....can I use a Lionel transformer to run an American Flyer train? They're both AC 0-14 volts. Seems like it should work.
The reason is simple. I have a nice old AM train set with a transformer. But the knob is broken off the transformer. I plan to use this train set under the tree this Christmas. But so far I haven't found a replacement knob for the AM 1 1/2, 50 watt transformer. Ebay has complete transformers but I would like to fix mine and use it.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

KT
 

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Yes. You can use a Lionel transformer for
an AF train...or even an old Marx transformer.
They all have variable AC output for the track.

Don
 

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Most of my power consists of Lionel ZW's, RW's, and smaller. I also have AF transformers..To answer your question, yes you can use Lionel to power your AF.
 

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I use a lionel transformer. I have a nice AF dual control (12B) transformer but I like
the lionel better. The AF transformer starts at 7 volts. The lionel starts at 2 1/2 volts.
So better slow speed operation with the lionel. I have a lionel ZW also, like flyernut's.
4 train control.
 

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Thank you all for the info.
I suspected it would be a non-issue but always best to be sure.

Have a good one,

KT
 

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No, I didn't know that. I saw that movie once many years ago but didn't catch the reference to Wampum. Though I have lived in the area, and knew Wampum quite well, I have only lived in Wampum for about three years.
It's a sleepy little village with a cement factory, the old limestone mines and not much else.
Good catch, I would have never remembered that.
 

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I use a lionel transformer. I have a nice AF dual control (12B) transformer but I like
the lionel better. The AF transformer starts at 7 volts. The lionel starts at 2 1/2 volts.
So better slow speed operation with the lionel. I have a lionel ZW also, like flyernut's.
4 train control.
I have an 18B American Flyer transformer but having issues with the two throttle controls. I have taken it apart numerous times to line up the parts that allow the variable speed. Which Lionel transformer could I use as a replacement? Thanks.
 

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Maybe a silly question....BUT....can I use a Lionel transformer to run an American Flyer train? They're both AC 0-14 volts. Seems like it should work.
The reason is simple. I have a nice old AM train set with a transformer. But the knob is broken off the transformer. I plan to use this train set under the tree this Christmas. But so far I haven't found a replacement knob for the AM 1 1/2, 50 watt transformer. Ebay has complete transformers but I would like to fix mine and use it.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

KT
I too use a ZW for the main control of my layout. Also have 2 12B AF transformers and an 1133 Lionel. All doing specific things and all are compatible since all are AC. The ZW allows for way better slow starts and running.

Kenny
 
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