Transformers and Controllers - Old and New. Show us what you got!

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I'm trying to kick start a 'show and tell' on transformers and controllers here so post up your old and new transformers and controllers for all to see. :)

This transformer model was my first, the Tri-ang POWER UNIT NO. 1 made by Rovex with rounded corners and an enamel hammer finish. It came with a Scalextric set that my father bought down the pub but never bought home a baseboard to set it up properly. It was difficult for a 4 and 5 year old to get running on the floor because it had electrical continuity problems in the track joins and I tried several times over a long time. :(
The transformer and a little black Triang controller with red knob was later used for my first electric train set. :)

Tri-ang POWER UNIT NO. 1 made by Rovex
 
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Light years ahead! What planet are you from? :D
 
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Controllers/transformers I have had a few but then again too many to mention.


Sadly this is just the tip of the controllerberg in the train shed!

Paul
 
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I have, or had, a Marklin blue trafo from the late '50s around here. It was a 220v unit, so no good in 110v territory, and I learned from the Marklin group that the old wiring was probably unsafe anyway. I may have already disposed of it at the hazardous waste disposal; if I haven't, it is destined for the next one.
 
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This is what I'm currently using for my larger locomotives.
The transformer can be switched from 110 volt to 220 volt supply with output 24 volt DC 6.5 amp. It needs a case so terminals are not exposed. :nerd:
The Crest 55401 10 amp PWM controller has inertia for slow start/stops.

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A similar 22VA (1.5 amp perhaps?) 120 volt powered unit ART-5400 was bought out under the AristoCraft brand.

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Oldies but still good.

All came from Le Boutique Opportunaire. (aka the Opp Shop where I get most of my LV power packs)

Not much good for running large scale trains but for testing motors etc they work quite well. Also used to run HO locos on a test track.

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This one is good for a low current power supply is mostly used to run a battery charger.
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This is what I'm currently using for my larger locomotives.
The transformer can be switched from 110 volt to 220 volt supply with output 24 volt DC 6.5 amp. It needs a case so terminals are not exposed. :nerd:

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Piece of Perspex or styrene over the terminals will fix that.
 
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So here is some of my collection. Amazing what we collect over the Years. Paul definitely must win the prize for most still kicking around, even before I had a major clear out EBAY before moving to the nits, I could not manage that little lot in any way. Stockers must be a close win with all of his Dimax - oh what is the Collective Noun for Dimax’s? A ‘Flash”?

Well onto my current little collection, I have repeated my Workshop one as it was sort of the beginning of this thread. Plus I have more lurking away, some in my 0 Gauge Exhibition Box and sundry others with other Scale Collections to take pics of. Possibly even more hiding in Spidery Corners if the Loft. What fun!

Workshop H&M Setup.
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Here is an oldie Tri-ang RP.16 Job that I had never seen before, came with Barney and his Dad’s sons Flying Scotsman stuff that we appear to have inherited.
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Next up is a trusty old H&M Duett, buzzes in a most alarming, loud and annoying way. I think it may be for the Tip this one. Sad as H&M Duetts are normally so long lasting.
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Finally a rather good little Transformer Minimodels ‘Smoothflow’ with a 2amp rating this is a rather useful beast. Coupled up to the H&M CU1 Handset made a good reliable setup for my Workbench but now retired for the setup in the first pic which is OK for now.
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All of the above have never been used for G Scale Layouts, but all have been used in varying ways on smaller scale layouts or my Test Track and all managed to move whatever G Loco was placed on the Test Track, though on longer runs the big Locomotives would certainly trip them out. Plus of course one needs to have great care what is used with Chipped Locomotives, I personally never test out a Chipped Loco with an Analogue Loco, though I do know with care that it can be done providing that it is not a fancy Electronic Controller.
 
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Stockers must be a close win with all of his Dimax - oh what is the Collective Noun for Dimax’s? A ‘Flash”?


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Not all mine Jon. This was a 'fun' photo from an open day
 
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Massoth units for use on the EG&SNNR, live in the shed during summer and hibernate indoors during the winter:

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Oldies but still good.

All came from Le Boutique Opportunaire. (aka the Opp Shop where I get most of my LV power packs)

Not much good for running large scale trains but for testing motors etc they work quite well. Also used to run HO locos on a test track.

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This one is good for a low current power supply is mostly used to run a battery charger.
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Interesting, I'd not seen an H&M unit with the red lettering - only ever seen 'em in black :think::think:
 
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Interesting, I'd not seen an H&M unit with the red lettering - only ever seen 'em in black :think::think:
Maybe the H&M Victor was a common Australian import. Perhaps we got ones with red writing for some reason. Here's mine.

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Rhinochugger

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Maybe the H&M Victor was a common Australian import. Perhaps we got ones with red writing for some reason. Here's mine.

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Are your mains plugs different to ours?

At the time, our plugs would have been the old round pin plugs - 3 pins with the central earth pin larger than the others

like this

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