Model railroads come in all sizes – so should their power supplies! Lionel’s new GW-180 transformer offers a step up for layouts that have outgrown their starter set power supplies.
Engineers who have been running with our CW-80 transformers found in today’s starter sets will have no trouble learning the controls of this new transformer. The power lever, bell, whistle and direction buttons are all in the same place. The connections for track and accessories are the same as well.
The only external difference is the external power pack which plugs into the back of the control box and your wall outlet. This pack boosts the power from 80 to 180 Watts – offering a full 10 Amps of power to run your trains and accessories. (See our Understanding Electricity page for a review of these terms.)
This means more power for your growing empire. Lighted cars, operating accessories, powered switches, even multiple locomotive lash ups will operate more reliably with this additional power. Of course, you can still optimize your power by following the many tips found on our Wiring Your Layout pages. And you can use this new GW-180 alongside your existing or additional power supplies as your layout continues to grow.
The GW-180 offers variable AC voltage for track power up to 18 Volts and additional terminals for AC voltage for your accessories. This can be set to any level (we recommend 14 Volts) just as with the CW-80.
Modelers have been requesting a mid-sized power supply like this for quite some time. The GW-180 will be arriving at dealers very soon – just in time to start expanding on that set Santa brought! The GW-180 retails for $279.99.