Lionel train transformer hookup

lionel train transformer hookup

Can a Lionel 1033 transformer catch fire?

Although this is less of an issue than with Lionel’s larger transformers, a 1033, 1044 or 4090 still has enough power to melt wire and make it smoke or even catch fire. Proper wiring for the 1033 transformer is a bit of a safety issue. It’s not just about preventing voltage drop to keep your train running smoothly.

What is the voltage of a Lionel train?

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What happens if you derail a train with a transformer?

If you derail a train 4 amps of power can run through the wire for 10-15 seconds before the circuit breaker kicks in. Although this is less of an issue than with Lionel’s larger transformers, a 1033, 1044 or 4090 still has enough power to melt wire and make it smoke or even catch fire.

Where does the U post go on a Lionel 1033?

With the Lionel 1033, the U post goes to the outer rail, and either the A or B post goes to the center rail. The convention is the same for the later 1044 or 4090, they just use a different styled case.

Are Lionel 1033 transformers any good?

As I’ve written before, Lionel 1033 transformers are well regarded because they’re reasonably high wattage (90 watts), very readily available, relatively inexpensive and pretty dependable. They really only have one design flaw: the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker in my 1033 went bad a couple of years ago. I finally got around to replacing it.

What happens if you derail a train with a transformer?

If you derail a train 4 amps of power can run through the wire for 10-15 seconds before the circuit breaker kicks in. Although this is less of an issue than with Lionel’s larger transformers, a 1033, 1044 or 4090 still has enough power to melt wire and make it smoke or even catch fire.

Where does the U post go on a Lionel 1033?

With the Lionel 1033, the U post goes to the outer rail, and either the A or B post goes to the center rail. The convention is the same for the later 1044 or 4090, they just use a different styled case.

How many volts do I need for a 1033 plug?

If you’re going to power accessories off the 1033/1044/4090, you probably want the A-C posts for 16 volts. The B-C posts provide a less useful 11 volts. The undocumented A-B combination gives you 5 volts, but bypasses the internal circuit breaker. Use an external circuit breaker if you use the 5 volt connection.

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