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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

If you are going to hang out with toy trains...

Go large. Tam and Brigid sported around town and had a great shot of Chewie hanging out on a train.

Time to get the curmudgeon out. If Chewie is going to hang out on a toy train, I think he would prefer this power source.


Pre lawed up. Lionel ZW transformer for O gauge. Circa 1950's. I think you can electroweld with this thing, I have not tried it. 275 watts, runs two trains and has two variable voltage supplies for accessories. Rebuilding is not difficult, but there are much more reliable modern substitutes for the disc rectifier that runs the whistle. 

Well OK, maybe I will back off a bit, going green and all of that. Maybe this:

Lionel KW transformer, 190 Watts. No variable voltage for accessories, but two fixed voltage ones. 

Of course I will run this train:


The train I had WAY back then. I have not even thought about it but as I will put a track down around the Christmas tree I have a new in the box Southern set from Monroe Hardware before they went out of business. When MPC was running Lionel.

I have not considered running it, but perhaps now is the time.

If I do however, I need a Chewie to ride in it! Anyone know where to get one?




  1. oh oh oh oh .


    I need to tell you about this great little train store in Chicago (yes, Chicago) if you get up that way.

  2. B, The only thing that will get me to Mordor is the U-Boat, that store, and friends in IN (believe it or not I do have friends there). Please do tell!

  3. Awesome. This brings out my inner 12-year-old.

  4. The only difference between men and boys.... ;)

  5. LOL, oh those bring back some memories... Lionel HO trains! Wish I'd kept the one I had.

    And Happy Thanksgiving too!

  6. See 33 degrees 41' 35" North, 112 degrees 9' 17" West. You'll need to zoom your satellite image so you can see the individual trilers but then the RR tracks eill be visible. (Rich man's hobby, many hand-built!)

  7. My mother collected O-gauge Lionel trains in the 50s and early 60s... We have two of the ZW transformers to give the three-rail tracks enough energy to electrocute a wookie (Brigid and Tam reference)...

    My favorite rail cars are the spotlight car with the working and rotating spotlight along with the log car that dumps it's cargo by the lumber yard...

    Thanks for the memories and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

    Dann in Ohio

  8. 45er- Thanks!

    Deb- Indeed! LOL!

    NFO- Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    Ed- Will do and thanks!

    Dann- Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  9. Very, very cool! You should run it and let us know how it goes!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Brooke- I will! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!