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© 1994 Lionel Trains, Inc., Chesterfield, MI 48051-2493
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
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TENDER WITH RailSounds II
Lionel RailSounds II is the new system designed for the future by Lionel Trains Inc. and Liontech that digitally reproduces
sounds from real-life locomotives in your Lionel train. The whistle, bell and engine sounds are incorporated into electronic
memory, and are accessible at your command.
When your engine is “OFF”, applying power will automatically make the “START UP” sound. To keep the sound on during
direction changes (track power interrupts), install a 9 volt alkaline battery (not included) into a battery clip inside the tender.
(See Page 6 for battery installation). At rest, the locomotive unit will produce the distinctive sounds of an air pump and random
sounds of steam escaping. A switch located on the underside of the tender can be used to turn the engine sounds on or off.
(See Figure 1 ). The bell and whistle sounds can be activated regardless of the position of this switch. Power to the track
must be completely off for at least 10 seconds before the switch position is changed.
Once in motion, Railsounds II causes the locomotive sounds to change. Movement of the locomotive/tender causes the distinctive “chug-chug” sound of steam escaping from the drive cylinders. As the train comes to a stop, a blast of steam is
released.
The whistle is activated by using the lever or button on your transformer or Trainmaster Cab 1 Remote Controller just as you
would to trigger the sounds on an older engine. There is a slight delay between the activation and the sound to protect
RailSounds ll from receiving false triggers, and chirping randomly around the layout as some older locomotives do. Press the
whistle button and hold it down for the desired length of time. The whistle has many different sounds; notice that it is generally
softer when the engine is stopped and louder when the engine is under way. An additional improvement of RailSounds II over
RailSounds I is the ability to blow the whistle while the bell is ringing.
The RailSounds ll bell works using the button on your transformer, Trainmaster Cab 1 Remote Controller, or the 5906 button.
The signal to turn the bell “on” will start the bell almost immediately, and the bell will remain on until another signal turns it off. If
you are not using a battery, any power interruption of more than 1 to 2 seconds such as a direction change, will also stop the
bell and cause a full reset of RailSounds II. (See Figure 3 and 4 for wiring diagram).
When using a battery with RailSounds II, all sounds will continue through direction changes. If the track power is interrupted
for 3 or 4 seconds, you will hear a “letoff” sound, this is a signal that your engine’s reverse unit has reset to forward, and you
have approximately 2 seconds to start your engine in forward before the RailSounds II “shut down” sequence starts.
When “shut down” sounds begins, you will hear the sound of your locomotive shutting down. When the “shut down” sequence
ends, RailSounds II automatically turns off and waits for the next “start up”.
Various realistic Letoff Sounds will be heard during operation.
The volume control can be used to raise or lower the level of sound. It is located on the top rear portion of the tender body
and is disguised as the circular hatch. (See Figure 7 for location ).
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ENGINE SOUNDS ON / OFF SWITCH
BATTERY INSTALLATION
To install the battery, first unscrew the two screws on either end of the tender and carefully pull the body straight up. Please
note that wires are attached from the frame to the body and great care should be taken not to detatch them. Add a 9 volt alkaline battery (not included) into the battery holder as indicated below. Snap the battery terminals into the battery clip and place
the tender body back on the frame making sure that all of the wires are inside of the body. Line up the end holes on the frame
and body and insert the two end screws.
VOLUME CONTROL DIAL
END SCREW
END SCREW
BATTERY CLIP
BATTERY HOLDER
9 VOLT ALKALINE
BATTERY
(NOT INCLUDED)
FIGURE 7
SERVICE
This product is proudly offered by Lionel Trains, Inc. and it carries a warranty to support its continued reliable operation. You may choose to have the Lionel Service Department service your item even after its warranty expires.If
so, a reasonable service fee will be charged. In either event, please follow the directions below.
If service is required within the warranty period, bring the item to the nearest authorized Lionel Trains Service
Station along with the warranty card. If you prefer to send it back to the factory, you must first call (810)-949-4100
or Fax 810-949-5429 or write to Customer Service, P.O. Box 748 New Baltimore, MI 48047-0748 stating what the
item is, when it was purchased and what seems to be the problem. You will be sent a return authorization letter and
label to assure your merchandise will be properly handled upon receipt.
CAUTION: Make sure the item is packed so as to prevent damage to the merchandise. The shipment must be prepaid and we recommend that it be insured.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for service. This
warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have others that vary from state to state.
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5906 SOUND ACTIVATION BUTTON INSTALLATION
AC Transformer with a built-in horn or whistle actuator
Use the transformer actuator for the horn and
(10-5906-001) button for the bell.
Attach to
ground
terminal
TO TRANSFORMER
RED WIRE
BLACK WIRE
Attach
to power
terminal
#10-5906-001 Sound Activation Button
FIGURE 3
All power feeds to the track must be routed
through a #10-5906-001 Sound Activation
Button for proper operation.
AC Transformer without a built-in horn or whistle actuator
Two #10-5906-001 buttons are required for this application.
Attach to
ground
terminal
TO TRANSFORMER
FIGURE 4
Attach
to power
terminal
#10-5906-001 Button
HORN ACTUATOR
#10-5906-001 Button
BELL ACTUATOR
NOTE: The #10-5906-001 button will function with any Lionel A.C. transformer except the #6-4690 Type MW.
Transformers from other manufacturers may not be compatible with Railsounds ll.
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CORRECT WAY TO ADD AUXILLARY FEEDERS
C
P
C
TWO TRACKS REPRESENT LARGE OVAL.
AUXILLARY FEEDERS
C
P
C
BLACK WIRE
# 2 ON THE LOCKON
#1 ON THE LOCKON
All power feeds to the track must be routed through a
# 10-5906-001 Sound Activation Button for proper
operation.
RED WIRE
6-5906 BUTTON
FIGURE 5
COMMON
POWER
AC TRANSFORMER #6-4690 TYPE MW
CAUTION; DO NOT connect the #10-5904-001 switch into a common ground layout. the #10-5904-001 switch is intend
ed to be used only with Lionel Type MW transformers and RailSounds II products.
5904 SOUND
ACTIVATION
SWITCH
FIGURE 6
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RailSounds II SWITCH CONNECTIONS
There are two separate switching devices for operating RailSounds II, which are shown below in Figure 2.
FIGURE 2
# 10 5904-001 HORN/WHISTLE &
BELL SWITCH
# 10-5906-001 SOUND ACTIVATION
BUTTON
There are two separate switching devices for operating RailSounds II, which are shown below in Figure 2.
All Lionel transformers except the Type MW are common ground transformers and must use the #10-5906-001 button. The Type
MW uses the #10-5904- 001 switch, which reverses track polarity when activated.
The Type MW transformer cannot be used with #10-5906-001 switch. It can be used with #10-5904-001 switch, only ifyour layout is not wired common ground.
If you are planning to use your tender with an MW type transformer, you must send your 5906 Sound Activation Button in to our
Consumer Services Department and have it replaced with a 5904 horn/whistle and bell switch along with a detailed instruction
sheet for proper installation.
NOTE: Each insulated block of track that you wish to activate the bell and horn/whistle on, must use one of the switches illustrated in Figure 2.
WARNING
Although the #10-5904-001 and the #10-5906-001 switches perform the same function, they require
different wiring to perform properly. It is important that each switch be wired according to the prescribed installation procedure. Failure to wire these switches properly can cause a short circuit and
permanent damage to parts of your layout.
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RailSounds II OPERATION
# 10-5904-001 Bell-Horn/Whistle Switch
Place your RailSounds II unit on your layout. Turn the transformer on, apply power to the track, set the #10-5904-001
switch to “Horn/Whistle”, and activate the button or lever on your transformer. If it activates the bell, reverse the wires
from the #10-5904-001 switch to the transformer. (See Figure 6).
With the #10-5904-001 switch in the “Horn/Whistle” position you may operate the horn or whistle just as you would a traditional Lionel train. The horn or whistle will remain activated as long as you hold the button or lever on your transformer.
To operate the bell, slide the switch quickly to the “Bell” position (if you slide the switch too slowly, you may inadvertently
activate your engine’s directional control). Use the button or lever on your transformer to turn the bell on. You may then
return the switch to the “Horn/Whistle” position, to allow simultaneous use of the horn or whistle while the bell rings.
When you activate the horn or whistle the bell will automatically pause, then will return after the other sound stops.
Remember, to turn off the bell, slide the switch to “bell” and hold the button or lever on your transformer until the bell stops
ringing. This may take up to two seconds.
# 10-5906-001 Sound Activation Button
Place your RailSounds II unit on your layout. Turn on the transformer, apply power to the track, and activate the #105906-001 Sound Activation Button. The bell should sound. If the whistle sounds, you must reverse the connections from
the #10-5906-001 Sound Activation Button (See Figure 3 ). If the bell is activated by both the button and the transformer,
contact RailSounds Information Service at 1-800-727-7297 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM E T for
assistance.
To operate the horn or whistle, use your button or lever, just as you would with older Lionel engines. The horn or whistle
will remain activated as long as you hold the button or lever on your transformer. To operate the bell, depress the #105906-001 Sound Activation Button and hold it until the bell turns on. You may use your horn or whistle while the bell sound
is on. To turn the bell “off”, depress the Sound Activation Button until the bell stops. This may take up to two seconds.
A minimum of 8 volts to the track is required to activate the #10-5906-001 button. If you find that depressing the button
stops all sounds from your RailSounds II unit, increase the track voltage slightly. In some cases, you may find that the
required 8 volts is enough to cause movement in your train at times you want it to stand still while emitting sounds. If so,
some situations may require special maneuvers. For example, to activate the bell while starting your train out of a station
under low power, the following should work:
1. Turn the transformer to at least 8 volts - if you do not have a voltmeter, you can establish this setting on your transformer by increasing the voltage a little at a time and trying to turn the bell on and off with the button. Note the lowest
point on your throttle at which you can turn the bell on and off reliably
2. Set your directional control in “neutral” with “forward” as the next cycle.
3. Hold down the directional control lever or button.
4. Depress the #10-5906-001 button.
5. Release the directional control, while holding down the #10-5906-001 button.
6. If the bell has not turned on, increase the voltage as necessary, then release the #10-5906-001 button.
Similar maneuvers can be utilized for other situations if you find that 8 volts is sufficient to move your trains.
If after thoroughly reading this instruction sheet, you are still unsure as to which switch is right for your layout and/or transformer, please contact our RailSounds II Information Service at 1-800-727-7297 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM
and 5:00 PM ET.
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