# Question: How do you hook up a Lionel train transformer?

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## How do you hook up a Lionel transformer?

Simply connect the red wire from your Fastrack to the red track terminal on your transformer, and the black wire from the Fastrack to the black track terminal on your transformer. If youre using Fastrack with a vintage transformer, try black with the U terminal first, and red with the A terminal.

## How does a Lionel transformer work?

Trainmaster Transformers reduce the house current (usually 115 volts) to the required low voltage. The two control knobs on the panel regulate the track voltage in quarter-volt steps 80 that any train speed may be obtained. The range of voltage which you use will depend upon the size of your train outfit.

## How do you test a Lionel train transformer?

Turn on the throttle, then short the A and U posts (in the case of Lionel) or variable and base posts (in the case of Flyer) with a screwdriver or a piece of wire for a maximum of five seconds. The circuit breaker should trip with a click and the transformer should go dead.

## How do you wire a Lionel tubular track?

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## How does a Lionel train get power?

Model trains all run on electricity. In the simplest form, power goes out from the train transformer or power pack through one wire connected to the track and into one of the rails. Electricity goes up from the rail through the metal wheels on the locomotive and into the electric motor, causing it to run.

## Are model train transformers AC or DC?

Alternating current (AC) is the preferred power for most O Gauge three-rail trains as well as some two-rail systems in smaller scales. In three-rail systems, the outer rails are both grounded, and the center rail is hot. Most two-rail track systems use direct current (DC).

## How do I choose a transformer?

Step 1: Determine the KVA, Amperes or wattage required by the load. Determine the KVA, Amperes or wattage required by the load. Step 2: Find out the supply voltage. Step 3: Determine the voltage required by the load. Step 4: What is the frequency of the supply source? Step 5: Determine the Marcus transformer model number.

## How do I choose a transformer size?

Transformer size is determined by the kVA of the load. Load voltage, or secondary voltage, is the voltage needed to operate the load. Line voltage, or primary voltage, is the voltage from the source. Single-Phase has two lines of AC power.

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