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Lionel CW-80 80-Watt Transformer
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- Handsomely designed controller, reminiscent of the famous Lionel ZW
- Control speed and power by raising and lowering the engineer handle
- 0-18 volt variable AC output
- Perfect for train sets and small- to medium-sized layouts
- Programmable AC output for accessory operation
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Enjoy operating your favorite locomotives, train sets, and accessories with the 80-Watt CW-80 Transformer.
•Handsomely designed controller, reminiscent of the famous Lionel ZW
•Control speed and power by raising and lowering the engineer handle
•0-18 volt variable AC output
•Perfect for train sets and small- to medium-sized layouts
•Programmable AC output for accessory operation
Recommended Ages:8 and up
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I would recommend a MTH Z 1000, as it has a capacity of 100 watts and a circuit breaker. Should there be a short circuit you only have to wait a few seconds for the circuit breaker to cool off and press it to reset the unit. It's throttle is very smooth, and it activates the bell and whistle on all my locomotives. The MTH Z 1000 runs about $80 - 90, and being an electronics engineer I can say that is a great unit!
Long story short I figured out that there are basically 2 versions of this product, the first design has a date code before 2006 and most of those have problems, the one I had was the later one having a date code after 2006 and these will have a 'G' in the date code. These later ones are the good ones that have been redesigned. Well mine wasn't working correctly right out of the box. So I think they still have some design issues with these.
Well after more reading I figured out that the way the Lionel trains work is that the voltage on the track should drop below 1 volt AC between the center track and the outside rail when the reverse button is pressed to make the train reverse. So to make this work correct you need to add an electrical load between the red and black terminal on the back of the transformer to make it work correctly. To fix this I added a 1000 ohm 1 watt resistor between the red and black transformer output terminals and this makes the voltage drop below 1 volt when the reverse button is pressed ,and now my train runs correctly.Read more ›
As opposed to this, I have a 40+ year old Lionel basic transformer that has seen worse storage over its lifespan and has never blipped! I'd stick with it if there weren't some compatibility issues with today's engine management electronics...
So I packed up the CW-80 transformer and drove down to Berkeley Ace Hardware which is my local authorized Lionel dealer. They reported to me that several customers have been coming in with these and they're trying to help me out (really good folks there at Berkeley Ace) but I had to order a replacement in the interest of having the train running when we want it running.
These transformers are made in China and unlike your dad's Lionel transformers that still work 75 years later, these are clearly not built to last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have to purchase another connector to our existing Polar Express, wish I returned it but already opened it and tried to use it. Plus it was from Santa and couldn't send it back.Published 15 days ago by Heather J. Boyd
Works great but not the power I anticipated. Mark Reps, Author ZEB HANKS: Small Town Sheriff; Big Time Trouble series and other books on amazonPublished 16 days ago by Justified
Run the train great. The more cars I put on the to see if the transformer can handle it. No loss in power and the train kept the speed up.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased a Polar Express Lionel train set that featured this transformer. After only a few years and hardly any use, the circuit board in it burned up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M Leck
We purchased a "Polar Express" train set around 2004-2005 with this transformer. It worked twice and broke. No light no power. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Kolb