How do I hook the transformer up to the remote control and track?

Lionel transformers for O gauge model railroads require a complex set of connections for proper setup, posing a challenge for O gauge enthusiasts. Specifically, the KW transformer provided by Lionel can be very confusing, as it is capable of providing power to two separate track circuits, complicating setup. Despite the complexity, the KW transformer can …

FAQ How do I hook the transformer up to the remote control and track?

How do I connect my track to the remote?

Press the upper end of the handheld’s throttle control rocker switch to send voltage to the track. Because this is an infrared line-of-sight remote, you must aim it at the lock-on in order to send signals to the track. The green LED atop the lock-on will come on, indicating the track is receiving power.

How do you use a kW transformer for track Isolation?

The KW transformer can also be used to run independent sections of track on the same circuit. To do this, position two pins on the track to define the ends of the track section you want to isolate from the other, then attach one wired clip to each of the isolated sections. Never plug in the transformer before you complete your wiring.

How do you attach a transformer to a metal track?

Slide the clip underneath the track rails, center the rails over the metal springs, and press down on the track firmly to snap it onto the clip. String the wires from the clips back the the transformer, and strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the ends of each of the wires using the wire strippers.

Which winding is connected to the control circuit of the transformer?

The secondary winding is connected to the control circuit. The purpose of the transformer is to transfer electric power from the primary circuit to the secondary circuit. The transformer either reduces (steps down) or increases (steps up) the voltage to match the requirements of the control circuit.

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