It is the OUTPUT voltage from the power supply that is significant.
Whilst the INPUT voltages may differ between Europe and the USA, the
OUTPUT voltages are probably the same if the power supplies are intended
for the same purpose of powering "ordinary" model trains. So if your
current power supply will drive US N scale, then it will also drive
European N scale.
Not clear what you want: are you asking if you can use your Lima power
supply on US household current? or whether you can use another type of
power supply (presumably one that runs on US household current) with
that train set?
If the latter, the answer is probably yes, but here's how to find out.
Look at the Lima power pack and see with the output is. Is it DC or AC?
Now check your other (US-type) power pack and see if it has the same
type of output. If the voltage is close (doesn't have to be exact) and
of the same type (AC or DC), then it'll work.
Additional information follows, if you really want to know. ;-)
Lima N is standard international N scale, which means it runs on DC, 9V
nominal maximum. Any N. American power pack that runs a N. American N
Scale train will run Lima N scale, too. Matter of fact, all N scale
trains, no matter who makes them, run on direct current, with 9v nominal
maximum. All N scale trains I've ever run tolerate 12V DC with no problems.
If the train set has a European power pack, you can't use that power
pack. For one thing, it won't plug into our N. American wall sockets -
different plugs. For another, it expects 240 V AC input, not our 120V AC.
Lima N scale was sold in N. America. IIRC, Walthers offered it in their
catalog. Lima did not have a good reputation, though, and went broke. It
made lots of different models in both HO and N (and O, too, I think),
some of which were quite good visually, but they suffered from cheap and
nasty mechanisms and poor wheels. The marque passed through several, but
it will not run very well.
I had a couple of Lima N scale Sharknoses, they were horrible running
things, but looked good. One had a slightly smudged paintjob on the one
side, and after it got scratched, out came the airbrush, and I painted
it PC black, and parked them on a siding and I don't think I moved them
from that point on. They were by far, the worst running N scale locos I
ever had, even worse than the first Con Cor Hudson I had where the motor
wouldn't attach correctly..
Yes you can use a normal 0-12 volt DC output transformer controller (AKA
"power-pack") as Lima N gauge conforms to international standards.
The only real difference is that HO and N scale transformer controllers
may have different values of rheostat so the slow speed running of N
models using HO controllers my not go down to slower speeds.
A European sourced transformer controller might well be made for a
different mains voltage.
Err, I've got the same voltage in my house, my garage, my sleepout and
in my workshop. (ohh, and on my outside pump and the scurity lights)
My new house will be wired from one phase of my new garage/workshop
wiring, so I'd assume _you'd_ call my new household current my "garage
current", or is that too logical for you.
On Mon, 04 Feb 2008 22:27:14 -0800, David Nebenzahl wrote:
And you never will INSIDE your HOUSE, whereas Brits and their scattered
seed refer to any ld wall socket as "the mains".
PS - the latest revelations of BP's continuing reckless conduct at their
Texas City refinery makes me wonder if we could hire some laid off IRA or
something. BRITS OUT!!
I used the term commonly used in much of the English speaking world -
YOU made the term an issue in an attempt to make me look arrogant - In
doing so you have shown yourself to be the arrogant person here.
what we have here is an international difference in usage of terms.
David was trying to show me up as arrogant for not using the US term,
one I've never heard before.
In my book, that make David the person who is arrogant.
I really wasn't following it (the thread) at the beginning. I just
looked at it the first time just before I posted, and so I didn't
realize it had gone so far. I think the first time I saw it was when I
went to Chicago when I was 14 or so, and bought a couple of UK radio
magazines. There were several terms I had never seen or heard before in
No big deal anyway.
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