Lionel CW-80 transformer/controller

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by road_foreman, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. road_foreman

    road_foreman New Member

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    My CW-80 powers up and the green light fades out after 10 seconds or so. Does anyone else have this problem? What is the cause and what is the remedy?
  2. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

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    I had a CW-80 that acted sort of like that. Lionel replaced it under warranty. While it's technically possible to repair CW-80s, Lionel treats them as throwaways. Is yours under warranty, I hope?
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    road_foreman New Member

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    Thank you Dave - I think it is because I am trying to operate it on a 50hz power supply.
  4. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

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    Yes, that will do it. The CW-80 doesn't like 50 Hz at all. I've read some UK hobbyists use a US spec 12V DC to 120V AC 60HZ pure sine inverter powered by a 230V 50Hz to 13.8V DC power supply to convert the 50 Hz to 60 Hz.

    I hope this helps.
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    Thanks again Dave. I will chase that up and see if it makes any difference