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What voltage do you run for constant voltage on this crane. This has the canned motors in it. I plan to run the heck out of this and I don't want to burn it up from to much voltage. Ive looked all over for info and all you get is a lot of pictures. Thanks hope you can help me Bob McCoy


Typically, the Lionel crane will operate at a low voltage range from 10-14 volts. This all depends on the age and condition of the crane's mechanical condition. How well the unit is maintained and lubricated. Try a a starting point of 10 volts. Increase the voltage till you find the right amount for it to work properly. I would also suggest using new wire leads. Stranded two color wire leads, 18 ga. is the best. Hope all works well
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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.


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