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Marklin Model Train Transformers

Power and illuminate the electronics on your model train track with Marklin model train transformers. This German toy company is synonymous with model trains, with a range of high-quality Markline HO scale model train starter packs and Marklin train power and control sets on the market. These transformers will enable you to build the model railway of your dreams, with as many powered accessories as you desire.

Why Invest in Transformers

If you’re just beginning with model trains and have bought a starter set, chances are it comes with a power supply included. But most of these are not very robust and might only power a single locomotive and a few lighted accessories. If you plan on expanding your model train set and layout, you’ll need to invest in model train controllers to meet your demands.

Volts, Amps and Watts

When looking for Marklin model train control accessories, it’s important to understand the difference between volts, amps and watts. Volts indicates the volume of power your model train will receive, with different scales usually running on different voltages, and you can vary the voltage to increase or decrease the speed of the train. Amps refers to the amount of power, with more amperage allowing you to do more, while watts is the measure of the two combined, volts by amps.

Circuit Protection

It’s important when purchasing a model train transformer that the power supplies rate for your home country and that they feature a built-in circuit breaker to prevent short circuits. These can cause permanent damage to the power supply and/or your trains.

AC vs. DC Transformers

AC (Alternating Current) is the most common power for some scale trains, while DC (Direct Current) is for most two-rail track systems, with one rail being positive and the other negative. It’s also possible to find radio or Bluetooth trains that use a remote control to communicate directly with a receiver in the locomotive.

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