Can you test a loco using a car battery?
I have an opportunity to buy a used locomotive, but since I'm just getting my layout started I'm not set up to run anything yet. Can I test the loco motor by touching the pickups with leads from a 12 volt car battery? If not, how about something like the transformer that runs my 12-volt Malibu landscape lights? Just long enough to make sure the motor and lights work. Thanks!