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07-31-2020 06:17 AM
Dan Pierce There are some great power supplies out there. My meanwell 20 amp, 30 volt has no fan. Of course it was a lot of $$, but well worth it. I also have the 8 amp version, both are over 3 years old and I use them all the time for my trains. Even my Aristocraft Ultima (over 20 years of usage and I got it used!!) serves me well, but I did have the rectifier go bad aqnd I replaced it with half a diode bridge.
07-30-2020 08:58 PM
RkyGriz That's cool,Dan.
Lionel sure made some rugged, long lasting trains ,and equipment for them, back in the day.

I'm afraid that we can't say the same thing about the trains made by the manufacturers of today.

Sad, but since they're all mostly made in China, the quality is far inferior as compared to what it used to be.
07-30-2020 06:41 AM
Dan Pierce My 5 amp DC lionel HO supply is over 50 years old. Only issue is the transformer buzzes as the plates are loose. It has both ac and dc outputs.
07-29-2020 09:04 PM
RkyGriz I'd like to chime in here and suggest something .I own 2 Lionel 4060 transformers. While I've upgraded to a more powerful Bridgewerks 3 amp power supply, the Lionel's are still very useful for testing stationary locomotives.
Lionel 4060 has terminals for DC power to run small G Scale locomotives like my Lionel D&RG 0-6-0,and Hartland 4-4-0's.
They also have separate AC terminals for running lights, and other accessories that require AC power.
Even though I've "retired" them, I still find them useful for various trains things including testing my Large Scale locomotives,LED's,running my H.O., and On30 scale trains.

The Lionel 4060 is often available on Ebay at decent prices, and my 15 years of experience using them has proven that ,while they are not adequate to run many Large Scale locomotives with lighted passenger cars, they are very durable, and long lasting.

The 2 that I own are some 33 years old as of this posting, and are working just fine.
Just a suggestion as you'll have to find what works best for your particular needs.
07-29-2020 07:18 PM
Greg Elmassian Yep, but this thread is recommending power supplies to the OP, so that is why I responded for the OP's benefit, that your suggestion is not necessarily a good idea if he wants to test smoke units.


Greg
07-28-2020 02:52 PM
Pete Thornton
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Originally Posted by Greg Elmassian View Post
As I said, be careful at lower voltages if you are testing smoke units, the Tyco goes what 12 volts?
I don't do smoke units - just live steam with steam oil spewing everywhere.
07-27-2020 10:28 PM
Greg Elmassian As I said, be careful at lower voltages if you are testing smoke units, the Tyco goes what 12 volts?


Greg
07-27-2020 02:06 PM
Pete Thornton
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Originally Posted by backyardRR View Post
I saved the controller from my Bachmann Big Hauler starter set to do just that. Even if it has trouble running my large Spectrum locos at a modest speed it is still good for things like cleaning wheels.
I bought an old Tyco power pack for my workbench. Cost me $4 - shipping was more!
07-27-2020 09:52 AM
Dan Pierce I found the 2 amp LGB panel mount speed control and use a 19 volt Dell laptop supply. Works great at my newest test bench. My other bench still has the 7va LGB controler.
07-27-2020 09:22 AM
backyardRR I saved the controller from my Bachmann Big Hauler starter set to do just that. Even if it has trouble running my large Spectrum locos at a modest speed it is still good for things like cleaning wheels.
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