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110 VAC Model Trains


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Re: 110v AC Model Trains

I LIKE it! :D

Would be interesting to learn more about it, but it sounds like not much is known.

"Single field DC motor"? That's vague.

And "reversing the direction of the train with a switch" and only two rails. Hmm... Would love to know how that works with anything besides a permanent magnet DC motor...:brows:

Kirk Taylor

Voltamp electric trains came about in the early 1900's. In 1907 they released their first electric train to run directly off the AC 110v mains. Yup, That's right, 110v directly to the tracks. http://www.tcawestern.org/voltamp.htm

I agree with Ron that the power to the tracks is not mains voltage. The excitement in being able to run off of mains power was that batteries were no longer required. Vendors at that time were fighting the stigma that electricity was dangerous. Energizing the rails straight from the mains would have, at the very least, been a poor marketing strategy.


Ok, Ok, You got me. Picture of the early transformers. http://oldantiquetoys.blogspot.com/2014/09/tuesday-september-30-2014-cloudy-and.html

These old 10v Carlisle & Finch trains started out using batteries and then by using 110v and light bulbs wired in parallel and in series to the track to control speed. http://www.tcawestern.org/cf.htm

Light bulb controller. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/intriguing-tack-plan?reply=21421491191364648

Original source https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/topic/intriguing-tack-plan?reply=21421491191364648

Me, I've had an old VHS rewinder machine AC shaded pole motor sitting in a box and have been thinking about making a wood trolley and drive components from brass and plastic that can run directly of 110v AC through a isolation transformer. Also got a old sewing machine motor saved for a another 110v railway project. I like those old trains but find them impossible to locate or afford. So, I will consider making my own reproduction.

Been eyeballing those old Jenga blocks game pieces and a roll of ribbon steel for rails. Thinking about using 1 1/4" gauge or 2" gauge track. Gauge is depended on size of trolley.

A serious toy for a mad scientist!