The Lionel 1016 Transformer was available in 1959 and 1960. This transformer was issued with Lionel’s more economical sets during these years. It generated 35 Watts of power and would control one train. There are two variations:
Variation A: The Lionel Service Manual defines this variation that used Case Assembly No. 1016-2. It did not have a circuit breaker. Nor is there a directional button to reverse the direction of the train. This transformer was included in many uncataloged sets that featured the No. 246 Locomotive that had a two position directional control. Lionel included a No. 80 Controller with these sets to compensate for this lack of directional control. Produced in 1959.
Variation B: The Lionel Service Manual definces ths variation that used Case Assembly No. 1016-51. The right terminal has a push button control that changes the direction of the train. See the close-up picture to the right. This variation is also not equipped with a circuit breaker. For more information concerning the use of circuit breakers in Lionel’s smaller transformers see: No. 91. We’ve shown the No. 1015-61 Instruction sheet for this variation below. Produced in 1960.