Lima TGV Train, do i need a different power supply for USA?

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Lima TGV Train, do i need a different power supply for USA?

Post by artmustel » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:42 pm

Hello. I am a newbie in this hobby and I've been given a LIMA TGV N scale train. Since I've read this set was manufactured in Europe, I'm wondering if I need a different power supply (I am in USA, and the two trains I'm currently running are Lifelike.) Does the LIMA TGV needs an specific power supply made for Europe, or the ones made for USA are ok to use? Please help...I don't want to ruin this nice set. Thanks!

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Post by Tadman » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:22 pm

Art, you're thinking of a different Lima. This is the Lima brand of full-size and fully functional locomotives built in Lima, OH, such as the Southern Pacific GS-4 series, which is arguable their most famous product. You're thinking of a model building company named Lima, I believe. You might want to post this in the model forum.

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Post by Petz » Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:57 pm

@artmustel, you can use any american power supply up to a secondary current of 12 - 14 volts DC you own.
The reason Lima voted for a different power supply is the fact that in Europe we have a primary current off 230 - 240 volts AC and in the US you got "only" 110 - 120 volts AC and different plugs so an european power supply would bring too less secondary current.
On the other side i have to use pre - transformers when using the geniuos MRC - Tech2 power supplies here in Europe.
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