Improved horn/whistle circuit

If you have a Lionel diesel with a battery-operated horn that sounds like bleating sheep, here is a tip that will give you strong, clear horn honks. The current from the horn battery must pass through the hinge joint of … Continue reading

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High-Current Load Bank for testing transformers

How do you test a transformer or power controller to see that it works properly over the full range of currents and voltages?  You need something that will cover the range of 0-20 volts and 0-10 amps, or even higher … Continue reading

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Testing the TMCC/Legacy Track Output Signal

The 455 KHz signal coming out of the “Track” or “U” thumbscrew on a TMCC/Legacy Base is too high a frequency for most handheld digital voltmeters to read.  I just “invented” a very simple test to see if signal is … Continue reading

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Lionel 71-4002-250 Add-On Meter for Postwar ZW Transformers

The Lionel 71-4002-250 Add-On Meter for Postwar ZW transformers provides digital readouts of voltages and currents for all four ZW channels. The unit attaches to the back of the ZW and utilizes the four “U” terminal posts as electrical returns. … Continue reading

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TMCC Controller Repairs

Introducing a new service – Component-level repair of TMCC Controllers If any of your customer’s TMCC controllers fail, now you can offer your customer a solution! Lionel won’t fix or exchange out-of-warranty devices, and you certainly don’t want to troubleshoot … Continue reading

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Conventional Whistle/Horn Control

The Whistle/Horn button on a Lionel “Multi-Control” transformers is a two-stage switch.  The purpose of the two stages is to first generate a large DC component in the track voltage to pull in the Whistle/Horn relay in the locomotive or … Continue reading

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TMCC Signal Basics

The following discussion will cover the actual transmission of train control information over wireless links for the Lionel TMCC and Legacy control systems. There are four types of communication: Wireless CAB-1 to TMCC Command Base and Powermaster (and Bridge to … Continue reading

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Lionel TMCC Command Base 7/29/11

Features The Lionel TMCC Command Base (Base) receives, interprets and retransmits commands from a TMCC CAB-1 handheld controller. The Base outputs include a signal that transmits through the outer rails of the layout at 455 KHz to locomotives and accessory … Continue reading

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CAB-1 Technical Description & Schematics

The CAB-1 controller provides handheld operation of Lionel TMCC Command Control layouts. The pushbuttons and rotary knob provide addressing and control of trains, switches and accessories. A jack on the top end of the unit provides a connection for an … Continue reading

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Lionel Powermaster Power Controller

Features The Lionel Powermaster provides wireless remote control of the output of a fixed-voltage transformer from a TMCC CAB1 handheld controller. The voltage range from OFF to Full Throttle is broken into 32 steps. Additional features include Whistle/Horn and Bell … Continue reading

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