MTHTrains GG-1 Operator`s manual

GG-1
Electric Engine
OPERATOR’S MANUAL (3V PS-2)
Compatibility
This locomotive is capable of operating on
AC or DC output power supplies (See page
22 & 23 for a complete list of compatible
transformers and wiring instructions.) and
indoors or outdoors. MTH does not
recommend operating the locomotive in
inclement weather and strongly suggests
that it not be left out in the elements. The
locomotive will negotiate an R2 G-Gauge
curve track or switch. Additional features
may be utilized when controlling the engine
with MTH’s Digital Command System
(DCS).
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Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist................................................................................................................................ 3
Lubrication......................................................................................................................... 3
Checking the Battery........................................................................................................ 3
Basic Operation................................................................................................................................ 4
Pantograph Installation.................................................................................................... 4
Basic Operations............................................................................................................... 5
AC Operations.................................................................................................................. 6
Volume Control................................................................................................................ 7
Automatic Operating Pantograghs................................................................................ 7
Conventional/ Command Mode.................................................................................. 8
Classification/Marker Lights.......................................................................................... 10
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions................................................................................... 11
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features........................................ 11
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)/ Passenger Station Announcements (PSA)................ 11
Proto-Coupler™ Operation............................................................................................12
Speed Control................................................................................................................... 13
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction......................................................................... 13
Reset To Factory Default................................................................................................ 14
Automatic Sound Effects............................................................................................... 14
Maintenance...................................................................................................................................... 15
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions......................................................................... 15
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track......................................................................... 16
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions...................................................................... 16
Headlight Replacement Instructions............................................................................ 17
Self Charging Battery Back-Up..................................................................................... 18
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0............................................................................ 19
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart............................................................ 22
Recommended DC Power Supplies............................................................................. 23
Additional Features Accessible with the DCS Remote Control System................. 24
Service & Warranty Information.................................................................................. 25
CAUTION: ELECTRIC TOY:
Not recommended for children under 14 years of age without adult supervision. As with all electric products, precautions
should be observed during handling and use to prevent electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the hobby transformer and other electronic equipment
periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary
cord, plug blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist, the train set should not be used until
properly repaired.
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Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
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This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
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Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
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Set Up Checklist
-Lubricate the locomotive
-Prime the smoke unit
-Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
-Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operating Section of this manual
Lubrication
You should lubricate the engine to prevent it from squeaking. Use
light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in
Fig. 1. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
Figure 1. Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Checking the Battery
You may find, if your locomotive was built several months before you set it up,
that the rechargeable battery has run down and needs to be charged before
operating. If you notice that the sounds are garbled, test and charge the engine as
described in the "Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" on page 18.
Pantographs
WARNING: The Automatic Operating Pantographs must be unlatched or the onoff switch must be set to OFF before power is applied to the engine.
Pantograph On-Off Switch
Figure 1a. Pantograph On-Off Switch
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Pantograph Installation
The pantographs are packed the in the compartments in the top of the styrafoam
box lid. One pantograph is stored in each of the compartments in the lid. Carefully
remove the pantographs from the compartments and install them on the top of
the body shell. Please note that each pantograph has two small arms extending
from the bottom. These arms are used to raise and lower the pantographs. To
insure proper operation the arms must position between the 2 sliding blocks that
can be seen in the slots on the top of the body shell.
To install the pantographs, place the engine on the track and apply power. If you
are using the MTH DCS system you will need to initiate the start up function.
After the pantograph motors go through the initialization the sliding blocks for the
rear pantographs should be apart. If they are not completely separated, move the
blocks away from each other using a small jeweler's screwdriver, then install the
pantograph as described below.
Installation
To install the rear pantograph, gently collapse one of the pantographs and place it
in the location for the rear pantograph. Be sure that the small arms on the bottom
of the pantograph fit in between the slots between the sliding blocks, then align the
center pin and the four insulators, before applying downward pressure to seat the
pantograph in place. The rear pantograph should now be at maximum height. If
not the hold down latch may be engaged. To disengage the hold down latch, hold
on to the base of the pantograph and gently pull up on the contact slider.
To install the front pantograph reverse the direction of the engine (using the
control transformer, power pack or the DCS Remote) so that the rear pantograph
collapses. Then make sure the sliding blocks for the front pantograph are spread
apart and install the front pantograph using the same procedure as the rear
pantograph.
If the pantographs are installed properly, at each direction change the down
pantograph will raise and then the raised pantograph will lower. This insures that at
least one pantograph is in contact with the overhead catenary. This is important if
you are operating using catenary power. If both pantog raphs loose contact with the
catenary the engine will loose power.
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Basic Operation
DC Operation
Features such as the bell, horn, coil coupler etc; can not be accessed when using a
DC type power supply.
Apply power to the engine by increasing the throttle so that the track voltage is
approximately 8 volts. Att his point the engine will power up, but will not move.
Slowly increase the throttle and the engine will begin to move.
Direction changes can be made by switching the direction button without adjusting
the throttle. When the direction switch is changed the engine will slow down, stop,
then gradually speed up in the opposite direction to the previous throttle setting.
The throttle can be changed during this operation to adjust the speed. Or the
throttle can be used to reduce the track voltage until the engine stops, then change
the direction switch and increase throttle to the desired speed.
DCS Operation
The engine can be operated with the DCS System using either AC or DC input
voltage.
All features and functions are available in the DCS mode with either input voltage.
DCS Polarity Switch
When operating in the DCS mode the engine must be oriented so that the rail with
the DC + or the AC High is making contact with the wheel on the left side of the
locomotive.
Since this would limit the engine facing one direction all of the time, MTH has
incorporated a DCS Polarity switch. As a result the engine does not have to always
face the same direction based on the track wiring.
Make sure that the DCS Polarity switch is in the correct position before attempting
to add the engine to the DCS Remote.
If the DC + or the AC High is wired to the rails on the left side of the engine, the
DCS Polarity switch should be in the forward position.
If the DC + or the AC High is wired to the rails on the right side of the engine,
the DCS Polarity switch should be in the position towards the rear of the engine.
DCS Polarity switch
Figure 2
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AC Operation
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel. Turn the throttle knob
up ½-way, until the engine lights shine bright. Put the engine into motion by
pressing the Direction button on your transformer once. (hold it for approximately
1 second)
If the engine does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction
button, you may not have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move.
Turn the throttle up a bit higher until the train begins to move.
Basic Operation
Throttle - To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the
throttle control knob. Turning clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while
turning counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. The engine will maintain
the speed you set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to change the
voltage and speed.
Bell - To sound the bell, in an engine equipped with a bell firmly press and release
the Bell button. To turn the bell off, press and release the Bell button again. The
bell will continue to ring from the time you turn it on until you press and release
the button again to turn it off.
Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
Forward
Neutral
Horn/Whistle - To sound the Horn/whistle,
firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The hor n
or whistle will sound for as long as you continue to
depress the button. It will stop when you release
the button.
Direction - Your train is programmed to start in neutral. The train will always
cycle neutral-forward-neutral-reverse with each press and release of the direction
button. The engine is programmed to restart in neutral each time the track voltage
is turned off for 25 seconds or more.
Manual Control
The Manual controls are located under removable roof hatch
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Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn the manual volume
control knob (shown below) clockwise to increase the volume and counterclockwise to decrease the volume.
Volume Adjustment Knob
Figure 3. Manual Volume Adjustment Knob
Automatic Operating Pantographs
Your MTH electric type engine is equipped with Automatic Operating
Pantographs. The Automatic Operating Pantographs must be unlatched before
power is applied to the engine. To unlatch the pantographs, hold the base of the
pantograph and gently pull up on the contact slider.
The rear pantograph should open to its full height. The front pantograph should
rise slightly to unlatch, but remain collapsed.
Power Selection
The Automatic Operating Pantographs can be used to obtain power AC or DC
from an overhead cantenary system. In order to obtain power from an operating
overhead cantenary move the selector switch from the track position to the
pantograph position as shown in figure 4.
To insure good conductivity of the pantograph, the blackening on the top of the
contact slide should be removed. This can accomplished by using a track cleaning
pad to remove the blackening.
Pantograph track Position Switch
Figure 4
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Conventional Mode
When power is applied in conventional mode the pantographs will go through an
orientation check. This will make sure that the rear pantograph is raised and the
front pantograph is lowered.
When the direction of the locomotive is reversed the front pantograph will rise,
then the rear pantograph will lower. This is to insure that at least one of the
pantographs is in contact with the cantenary at all times. This action takes place in
the neutral state. When the engine is moving, the trailing pantograph on the engine
should be up and the leading pantograph should be down.
The pantographs will alternately rise and lower with each direction change of the
locomotive. The “F” printed on the side of the locomotive shell denotes the front
of the locomotive
Command Mode- Automatic Operation
The pantographs can be operated automatically or manually when using the M.T.H.
DCS Digital Command System. The START UP function must be initiated for the
pantographs to operate in command mode. After the startup function has
completed, the pantographs will go through an orientation check. This will make
sure that the rear pantograph is raised and the front pantograph is lowered.
When the direction of the locomotive is reversed the front pantograph will rise,
then the rear pantograph will lower. This is to insure that at least one of the
pantographs is in contact with the cantenary at all times when cantenary power is
used..
Every time the direction button is pushed, the pantographs will alternately rise and
lower.
Command Mode- Manual Operation
Using the DCS handheld, each pantograph can be raised and lowered individually
by pressing appropriate softkeys (buttons S1 through S5).
Softkey Operation for Operating Pantograph Engines
New Softkeys displayed when an operating pantograph engine is loaded into the
remote are as follows (requires Remote code version 3.10 or higher):
FBS – This plays the Boiler Start-up sound FPR – This plays the Pressure Release
sound. The Pressure Release sound is timed to run with the smoke unit and will
run at a random duration each time this softkey is pressed
MAN – This selects Manual mode for operating the pantographs. See the F and R
descriptions on the next page.
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Conventional Mode
WhenF -- Commands the front pantograph up. If it’s already up this button will
not do anything
F ↓ - Commands the front pantograph down. If it’s already down this button will
not do anything
R ↑ - Commands the rear pantograph up. If it’s already up this button will not do
anything
R ↓ - Commands the rear pantograph down. If it’s already down this button will
not do anything
Auto – This commands the pantographs to run in Automatic mode. In this mode
the pantographs will operate based on the direction the engine is running. Every
Direction button press on the DCS remote handheld or an AC transformer will
cause the pantographs to change their orientation. NOTE – The default operation
of the operating pantographs is Auto mode. Also, the default orientation of th e
pantographs is that when the engine is in the forward direction the rear pantograph
is up and the front one is down.
IMPORTANT – Ensure your pantographs are NOT locked down like they would
be for shipment prior to pantograph operation.
Manual operation using DCS requires DCS Software Version 3.1 which can be
downloaded for FREE from . DCS systems using software versions 3.0 or earlier
will only have automatic pantograph operation when running under DCS
command mode.
Smoke Switch
Figure 5
If you are using the pantographs for picking up power from an operating overhead
centenary system in lieu of track power through the center rail pickup rollers, be
sure that at least one of the pantographs is in contact with the cantenary at all
times. If both panto graphs lose contact with the overhead cantenary, the engine
will lose power and not operate until one of the pantographs remakes contact with
the cantenary or the selector switch is moved back to the track position.
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Classification / Marker Lights
Your MTH GG-1 is equipped with bi-color LEDs for the classification and
marker lights. The leading end of the engine will display g reen classification
lights and the trailing end of the engine will display red marker lights. When the
direction of the engine is changed the color of the lights will change
accordingly.
Smoke Unit
Your MTH GG-1 is equipped with a smoke unit to simulate the steam exhaust
from the onboard steam generator used for heating the passenger cars.
Unlike the MTH Gauge 1 steam and diesel locomotives smoke units, which have
a constant smoke output, the GG-1, smoke unit has intermittent smoke output.
After power is applied to the engine in conventional mode and after the START
UP sequence in DCS mode, there is burst of steam and the sound of the boiler
being lighted.
When the engine has sitting idle for awhile and while the engine is running there
will be random busts of steam expelled. This simulates the safety valve on the
boiler opening to release pressure so the boiler does not become over
pressurized.
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Proto-Sound® 2.0 Operating Instructions
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in conventional
mode only using AC and DC track power. Instructions for accessing DCS command
mode features accompany the DCS Remote Control System equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features With AC Track Power:
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and Horn/Whistle button
pushes described below. Please read the full descriptions of each feature before using it. To
use these buttons to activate features rather than to blow the horn/ whistle or ring the bell,
you should tap the buttons very quickly with a ½-second pause between button presses.
You may need to practice your timing to make this work smoothly.
Timing Chart
Press
Whistle
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Button Code:
Feature to Be Activated
Freight Yard or Passenger Station Sounds
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Reset to Factory Defaults
1 Bell, 2 Horn/Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Horn/Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Horn/Whistles
1 Horn/Whistle, 2 Bells (from Neutral only)
1 Horn/Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Horn/Whistle, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) or
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA):
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of either freight yard or passenger station
sounds that you can play. Each sequence described below will play as long as it is left
on, randomly generating sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds
between the button pushes described below to allow the FYS/PSA sufficient time to
run through each sequence.
!
To cue the sound system to play the FYS/PSA, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick taps of the Horn/Whistle button while the engine is moving.
Tap the buttons quickly but allow approximately ½ second between each press.
!
Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first sequence
of FYS/PSA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will not move as
you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound 2.0 has disabled
operator control over the Horn/Whistle and Bell buttons until the full FYS/PSA
sequence is complete.
!
After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction button
again to trigger the second sequence of FYS/PSA.
!
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS/PSA
sequence.
!
Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS/PSA sequence.
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!
The FYS/PSA will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move
out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling when
you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control of the
transformer's Bell and Horn/Whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow the
horn/whistle as usual.
Bell
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
Whistle
Sound System Cued to Play
Freight Yard or Passenger
Station Sounds (FYS)/(PSA)
+
Direction
1st
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
+
2nd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Direction
3rd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
4th
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS/PSA
! You can terminate FYS/PSA at any time by turning off power to the track for 15
seconds.
! You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS/PSA. At the conclusion of the full
sequence, the train will pull away from the station in whatever direction you were
going when you activated the feature.
! You can use FYS/PSA even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the
second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0, you must remember not to
leave the throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the engine to run
the FYS/PSA. Otherwise, the engine without FYS/PSA will begin vibrating on
the track as its motors strain to move the train, since they cannot be automatically
disabled during the FYS/PSA cycle (or if an original Proto-Sound engine,
FYS/PSA are triggered differently and that engine's motor-disable feature will not
be active when you run FYS/PSA in Proto-Sound 2.0).
! FYS/PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered
while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS/PSA, the engine will
depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was traveling
before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler™ Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote
uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the Proto-Sound 2.0
microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section or modification to your
layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or while in motion. Use the code
shown below (and in the chart on page 6) to fire the coupler(s).
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, quickly tap the Bell button once followed by three quick taps of the
Horn/Whistle button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. The sound of the liftbar and air line de pletion will play, and the knuckle will be
released.
Bell
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
Whistle
Fire
Rear
= Coupler
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once followed
by four quick taps of the Hor n/Whistle button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse
between each quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play,
and the knuckle will be released.
Bell
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
Whistle
Fire
Front
= Coupler
Speed Control:
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that allow the
engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around curves, much like an
automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the run, and the engine will
maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can
opt to turn it off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase as
it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on the run.
Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when speed control is on
than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower power level for operation with
speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments. When speed control is off, the volume
will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
transformer's horn/whistle button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times,
allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Repeat the 1
horn/whistle, 2 bells code to return it to the other condition. You will want to do this
during the initial neutral upon start-up if you ever couple this engine to another engine that
is not equipped with speed control to avoid damaging the motors in either engine. Each
time you shut down the engine completely, it will automatically turn speed control on.
Place
Engine into
Neutral
Horn/
Whistle
Bell
=
Bell
Speed Control
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Lock into a Direction:
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it will not
change directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want (or into neutral to
lock it into neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it will move without halting), and
quickly but firmly tap the Horn/Whistle button once followed by three quick taps of the
Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press.
Two horn/whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change. The engine will
not change direction (including going into neutral) until you repeat the 1 horn/whistle, 3
bells code to return the engine to its normal condition, even if the engine is kept without
power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
whistle
Whistle
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Reset to Factory Defaults:
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its factory
defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn/Whistle button quickly once, followed by five quick
taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick
button press. Two horn/whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn/
Whistle
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sounds:
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed conventional
mode conditions:
! Squealing Brakes play any time the engine's speed decreases rapidly.
! Cab Chatter plays at random intervals when the engine idles in neutral.
! Engine Start-up and Shut-down sounds play when the engine is initially powered on
or is powered off for five seconds or more.
Operation With DC Track Power
The bell, the whistle, the Proto Coupler, PSA / FYS and other Proto-Sound 2.0
features are not accessible when using DC track power in the conventional mode.
The chuffing sound will operate according to the speed of the locomotive.
The direction of the locomotive is controlled by the track voltage polarity.
Raising the track voltage to 8 - 9v will power up the electronics in the engine. After
the engine has gone through the START UP sequence, slowly increase the throttle
setting to you desired speed. If the power is raised too quickly or if a voltage
greater than 10v DC is applied to the engine at power up the engine will not move.
This is to prevent a runaway engine in the event of an instantaneous power
interruption.
If the engine is not going in the desired direction, is in conflict with the direction
of other engine on your track, you can reverse the direction of the MTH GG-1 by
changing the position of the DCS Polarity switch, located under the removable
roof hatch.
Once you have the engine's direction orientated to your operation, regular direction
changes can initiated by changing the position of the direction button on the DC
power pack.
When the switch position of the direction switch on the power pack is changed,
the engine will slowly coast to a stop, and then accelerate in the opposite direction
to the speed dictated by the track power.
If you desire, the track voltage can be reduced by using the throttle setting until the
engine stops, then change the position of the direction switch on the DC power
pack, then slowly increase the throttle setting to your desired speed.
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Maintenance
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
Regularly lubricate all axles and pickup rollers to prevent squeaking.
Use light household oil, such as that found in M.T.H.'s maintenance
kit. Do not over oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Body Mount Screws
Figure 6. Body Removal Screw Locations
The locomotive’s internal gearing was greased at the factory and should not need
additional grease until after 50 hours of operation or one year, whichever comes
first. Follow the greasing instructions below. Note that in some tightly packed
engines you may need to move internal components temporarily in order to access
the gears.
1. To access the gear box, remove the cab from the chassis by unscrewing the body
mount screws as seen in Figure 64 and lifting the cab from the chassis.
2. Once the cab is removed, remove the trucks by unscrewing the black Phillips
motor mount screw located on the underside of the drive trucks (see Fig. 6).
3. Once the motor mount screw has been removed, pull the motor away from the
truck block and lightly coat the motor worm gear and bronze drive gear (in the
truck block) with grease.
4. Reassemble the truck and motor, being careful not to pinch any wires between
the truck block and motor mount.
5. After repeating the procedure for the other motor, reassemble the chassis and
body, being careful that the wire harnesses are not caught between the chassis and
body, and reinstall the body mount screws.
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Lubricate the outside truck block idler and drive gears with grease. Use the
diagram shown in Figure 7 below as a guide and add grease to the points marked.
Grease Idler Gears (G)
Figure 7. Greasing The Idler Gears
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires, and Track
Periodically check the locomotive wheels and
pickups for dirt and buildup, which can cause
poor electrical contact and traction and
prematurely wear out the neoprene traction
tires. Wheels and tires can be cleaned using
denatured (not rubbing) alcohol applied with a
cotton swab.
To clean the track, use RailKing Track Cleaning
Fluid found in Maintenance Kit (30-50010) or
denatured (not rubbing) alcohol and a clean rag. Unplug the transformer and wipe
the rails of the track, turning the rag frequently to ensure that you are using clean
cloth on the rails. Thereafter, keep an eye on the track and clean it when it gets
dirty to ensure good electrical contact and to lengthen the life of the tires.
Clean any type of track with this heavy-duty track cleaning block (40-1099).
Durably constructed from ABS plastic, the block includes a built-in cleaning pad.
For really stuborn track, you can insert sandpaper into the block in just a few quick
steps.
Track Cleaning Block (40-1099)
Maintenance Kit (30-50010)
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Headlight Replacement Instructions
The locomotive’s headlight is controlled by a constant voltage circuit in the engine.
The headlight is easy to remove and replace when it burns out. The bulb has a
quick disconnect plug that attaches the bulb harness to a connector terminal inside
the body shell.
Replacement bulbs are available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
(Order online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia
MD 21046-1532, ).
Follow the body removal instructions found in the Lubrication and Greasing
Instructions.
Remove to Access Headlight
Headlight
Figure 8. Removing the Headlight
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Self Charging Battery Back-up
The special NiCad 2.4v self-charging battery recharges continuously during train
operation and should last for up to five years. The battery is a dry battery that
should not leak or cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your
engine was built, it may need to be charged right out of the box. If engine sounds
seem distorted or garbled at low voltages or become silent when power from the
transformer is turned off, test the battery to determine whether it should be
recharged or replaced.
Battery Charger Port
Test: Put the engine in neutral and
leave the track voltage at 10-12 volts
(high enough for the lights to shine
brightly) for 15 minutes.
Recharge: If the sounds are improved
at the end of the 15-minute test charge,
the battery charge has run down and can
be recharged. There are a number of
ways you can do this:
Figure 9. Battery Char ger Port location.
• Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts
for 6-7 hours so the battery can fully recharge (if your engine has a
smoke unit, be sure it is turned off).
•Use M.T.H.'s battery charger (Item 50-1019 sold separately) that plugs
into a wall outlet and a special port under the engine to recharge the
battery overnight without leaving it on the track.
Replace: If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge,
it is time to replace the battery. Available through M.T.H. Parts.
DO NOT substitute alkaline batteries for these NiCad batteries. Using alkaline
batteries in this system can result in damamge to the PS 2.0 circuit board and/or
the batteries.
**Do not use alkaline batteries for testing or checking purposes for the 3-Volt PS2
boards. Using alkaline batteries will damage the 3-Volt battery charging circuit.**
Disconnect Battery And Slide Out Of Bracket
Figure 10. Battery Location.
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® Problems With AC
Track Power
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use,
you may have some questions during initial operation. The following table
should answer most questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this
table, contact M.T.H. for assistance (www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mthrailking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
Starting Up
Remedy
When I first turn the power on, the
engine will not begin to run. I
have to turn the throttle off and
then on again to get the engine to
operate.
This is normal behavior. To
prevent accidental high-speed
start-ups, Proto-Sound 2.0 is
programmed to start up in neutral
anytime track power has been
turned off for several seconds.
Whistle/Horn
Remedy
When I press the whistle/horn
Reverse the transformer leads.
button, the bell comes on instead.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I You may be pressing the button
Remedy
press the whistle button.
too
quickly. Try pressing the
whistle/horn button more slowly,
taking approximately one full
second to fully depress the button.
Bell
Remedy
When I press the whistle button,
the bell sounds.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I
press the bell button.
Reverse the transformer leads.
You may be pressing the button
too quickly. Try pressing the bell
button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to
fully depress the button.
The bell won’t work on a separate Check the wiring of the separate
bell button.
button.
Coupler
Remedy
When I try to fire the coupler,
FYS/PSA starts.
You are waiting too long between
whistle button presses.
The Proto-Coupler won’t let the
engine uncouple on the fly.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle
with a dry graphite lubricant. Do
NOT use oil.
The coupler does not fire or stay
coupled.
The coupler needs to be cleaned.
Wipe with denatured alcohol (not
rubbing alcohol) and let dry.
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Cab Chatter
Remedy
Sometimes the Cab Chatter
sounds don’t play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral
at random intervals.
Lock-out
Remedy
I can’t get the engine to run after I
power up the transformer. It
sitsstill with the engine sounds
running.
The engine is locked into the
neutral position. Follow the
procedure in the “Lock into a
Direction” section.
Engine speed must be below 10
scale mph (approx. 10 volts or
less in conventional mode).
The engine won’t lock into
forward, neutral, or reverse.
Volume
Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too
The sounds seem distorted,
especially when the whistle or bell high. Turn the volume control knob
on the bottom of the chassis
is activated.
counter-clockwise to reduce the
volume.
Battery
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial Check to be sure the battery is
neutral setting.
installed and fully charged. See
the “Self-Charging Battery BackUp” section.
I get no sounds when the engine
shifts between directions.
The battery may be dead or need
to be charged. See the “SelfCharging Battery Back-Up”
section.
After I turn off my transformer, my Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to
engine continues to make sounds continue to sound for a few
before quitting.
seconds after power to the track
has been shut off.
FYS/PSA
Remedy
The FYS/PSA sounds occasionally Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in
repeat themselves.
random number generator that
randomly selects each sound clip
to play. Because there are a
limited number of sound clips
available in each FYS/PSA
sequence, it is probable that some
of these sound clips will be
repeated from time to time.
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FYS/PSA
Remedy
Once in FYS/PSA, the engine
doesn’t go into reverse.
So that FYS/PSA effects can be
as realistic as possible, ProtoSound 2.0 disables the reversing
unit whenever FYS/PSA is
enabled. This way the engine
remains still at its stop as the
operator cycles through the
FYS/PSA sequences.
When the FYS/PSA enters its last FYS is programmed to start
ringing the bell at that point. After
sequence the bell automatically
approximately 12 seconds it will
comes on.
automatically turn off.
When FYS/PSA is enabled,
pressing the whistle and bell
buttons has no effect.
Because FYS must control various
effects in each sequence, ProtoSound 2.0 takes control of these
sound effects until you exit
FYS/PSA.
I push the direction button but the
next sound clip in the sequence
does not play or the engine does
not come out of FYS/PSA after
fourth press of the direction
button.
Each FYS/PSA clip must play for
approx. 30 seconds before
FYS/PSA will advance to the next
step in the FYS/PSA cycle. Wait
at least 30 seconds in each
FYS/PSA sound clip before
pressing the direction button.
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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard AC transformers.
The chart below lists the many compatible transformers. Note that many of the
operational commands described in these instructions require a bell button, so if
your transformer does not have its own bell button, you should consider adding
one to get the full benefit of the system. In addition, the chart details how the
terminals on these transformers should be attached to your layout.
RECOMMENDED AC TRANSFORMERS
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
100-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
Lionel 1032
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1032M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1033
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1044
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1053
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
U
A
8-18v
135VA
Electronic
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300-Watt
Electronic
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
Lionel Post-War
Celebration
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
Common
0-20v
135/190 Watt
Electronic
Powermaster
Electronic
* Conventional Mode Only
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Recommended DC Power Supplies
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard DC power supplies and
AC transformers. The following charts lists the recommended DC and AC
transformers. Note that many of the AC operational commands described in
these instructions require a bell button, so if your AC transformer does not have
its own bell button, you should consider adding one to get the full benefit of the
system. In addition, the chart details how the terminals on these transformers
should be attached to your layout. DC transformers employing PWM (pulse
width modulation) should not be used with the separately sold DCS system.
Transformer
Model
Min/Max.
Voltage
MRC
Controlmaster 20
0-20v
100 Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS5
0-20v
100 Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS10G
0-20v
180 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Mag-15
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum 200
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum 400
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum 1000
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
LGB Jumbo
50101
0-24v
240 Watt
Electronic
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Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System
(Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields
wonderfully realistic sound and several train control features, command mode
operation allows the user to access a world of command functions never before
accessible to O Gauge railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control
System (including a DCS remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain
many advanced features, including:
•DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in
scale miles per hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows
operator to set maximum speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
•ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke
each engine outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
•Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker
and interior lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
•Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but
does not turn off the power
•One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all
DCS-controlled locomotives' user-defined actions, including sound, lights,
and smoke
•Proto-Dispatch Operation-Public Address-like feature allows users to
speak through locomotive speaker during operation
•Proto-Cast-Allows users to play audio recordings through locomotive
speaker during operation
•Proto-Doppler Sound Effects Set Up-Users can configure locomotive
for Doppler Operation, including setting distance points for Doppler
start, repeat, and stop modes
•Independent Volume Control of Engine Sounds, Bell, Horn & Whistle
for each Locomotive
•Control up to 50 different DCS-Equipped Locomotives at one time with
multiple TIUs
•Proto-Effects™ Set Up-User can select individual Proto-Effects™
operations to be active or inactive, including cab chatter, train wreck
sounds, coupler sounds, Direction Control Set Up-User can set initial
individual start-up direction (start in forward or reverse) for doubleheading operations
•Locomotive Consist Set-up-User can determine locomotive values for
consist make-ups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to
operate together
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Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard operation and troubleshooting techniques that may correct the problem. Additional information may be found on the M.T.H. Website.
Should you still require service, follow the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax M.T.H. Electric Trains or a M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) in your area
to obtain Repair Authorization. You can find the list of ASCs on the M.T.H. Website, www.mth-railking.com.
Authorized Service Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only from that store; all other
repairs may-- or may not be done at the store's own discretion. If you did not purchase the item directly from
the ASC, you will need to select a National Authorized Service Center (NASC) or contact M.T.H. Electric Trains
directly. NASC Dealers are compensated by M.T.H. to perform warranty service for any customer whose repair
qualifies for warranty service. A list of NASC retailers can be located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling 410381-2580. Should the warranty no longer apply, you may choose either an ASC or NASC retailer to service your
M.T.H. Product. A reasonable service fee will be charged.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam and plastic
wrapping material to prevent damage to the merchandise. There is no need to return the entire set if only one
of the components is in need of repair unless otherwise instructed by the Service Center. The shipment must be
prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name, address, daytime
phone number, e-mail address (if available), Return Authorization number (if required by the service
center, a copy of your sales receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to facilitate
the repairs. Please include the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a
service technician when contacting the Service Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for service.
Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not agents or representatives
of M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for material left in their
possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com, or call 410 381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer are covered by this warranty.
See our Website to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and traction
tires. We will replace or credit (at our option) any defective item with a manufactured suggested retail price of
$279.95 or less (excluding all motive power and electronic items), if the item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized
Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center (NASC) within one year of the original date
of purchase. For any item with an MSRP greater than $279.95 (including all motive power and electronics), We
will repair, replace or credit (at our option) the defective item without charge for the parts or labor, if the item is
returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center (NASC)
within one year of the original date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damages caused by improper care,
handling, or use. Transportation costs incurred by the customer to ship the product for warranty service are not
covered under this warranty.
Items sent for repair must be accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the problem, and
a copy of the original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer stating the date of purchase. If you are
sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their return authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state. Specific
questions regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. directly.
Service Department
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD 21046-1532
410-381-2580
service@mth-railking.com
ProtoSmoke
ProtoSmoke is the recommended fluid for M.T.H. products and
can be used in other manufacturers products as well. Choose from
12 different flavors.