Rail King Scale Dash 8 Diesel Freight Set

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Rail King Scale Dash 8
Diesel Freight Set
Operational Manual
Thank you for purchasing this RailKing product.
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Table of Contents
Set Up
Set up Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Assembling RealTrax® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connecting the Transformer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Lubricating the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Checking the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Priming the Smoke Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Coupling the Engine and Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Basic Operation
Operation Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Direction Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operation
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Feature . . . . . 8
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Tips on Using FYS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Proto-Coupler® Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Lock into a Direction State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Reset to Factory Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Automatic Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Maintenance
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Cleaning the Wheels, Tires and Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Locomotive Traction Tire Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Caboose Car Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Self-Charging Battery Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Proto Smoke Unit Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Transformer Compatibility Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
RailWare Interactive CD-ROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Additional Features with DCS Remote Control System . . . . . . 23
Service Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Service and Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult supervision with children ages 10 - 16. As with all
electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
l 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.
l Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
l This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
l Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
l The transformer was designed to operate on regular US household current (120 volt, 50-60 Hertz). Do not connect to any other source of
power.
l To avoid the risk of electrical shock, do not disassemble the transformer unit. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. If the unit is damaged
contact M.T.H. Service for instructions.
l The transformer is equipped with an internal circuit protector. If the circuit protector trips, unplug the power cord from the electrical wall
outlet, check your layout for any short circuits. The circuit breaker will reset automatically when the short is removed from the circuit.
l Unplug the transformer from the electrical wall outlet when not in use.
l Do not use this transformer for other than its intended purpose.
Transformer Ratings:
Input: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Only, Output: 14 VAC, 80W or 18 VAC 100W
This product may be protected by one or more of the following patents: 6,019,289; 6,280,278; 6,281,606; 6,291,263; 6,457,681; 6,491,263; 6,604,641; 6,619,594;
6,624,537; 6,655,640.
©2006, M.T.H. Electric Trains, Columbia, MD 21046
Set Up Checklist
• Assemble RealTrax®
• Connect the transformer
• Lubricate the Engine
• Checking the Battery
• Priming the Smoke Unit
• Place the engine and cars on the track and couple them together
• Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operation section of these
instructions.
Set Includes
• Diesel Locomotive
• Five Cars
8-Pieces
O-31 Curve RealTrax
4-Pieces
Straight RealTrax
DVD/CD-Rom
Lighted Lock-On
Transformer and Controller
with wire harness
Tools Needed
Battery Charger (Optional)
Philips Screwdriver
Pliers
Cotton Swab or Rag
Scissors
RailKing Maintenance Kit or
Light Household Oil and Bearing Grease
You can obtain replacement parts and replacement instructions from the
M.T.H. Parts Department
e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com, phone: 410-381-2580,
mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532
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Assembling RealTrax™
Unlike other O Gauge track systems, each RealTrax section features a realistic
built-in roadbed base, solid nickel-silver track rails, and realistic railroad ties, all
designed to give you an authentic looking track system. The quick connectors
and built-in roadbed allow you to set up RealTrax anywhere, including most
carpeted surfaces, without the need for track nails or the worry of carpet stains.
Each RealTrax segment has at least one knock-out tab in the roadbed (on either
end of the segment) that can be removed with a pair of pliers to reveal an
opening for the lock-on that is used to connect the transformer to the track. To
assemble RealTrax, follow the instructions below.
STEP
1
Knock-out must be removed
before remote lock-on can
be installed
STEP
2
Remove knock-out from
outer edge of track by
holding and twisting up
with a pair of pliers
STEP
3
Insert lock-on into
knock-out tab
(Lock-on is the interface between
the track and transformer)
REMOVE TAB
FROM OUTER EDGE
STEP
4
Make sure the metal
contacts line up.
STEP
5
Align Quick
Connect Plugs
STEP
6
Gently push together RealTrax
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Connecting the TransformerThe transformer included with this set provides
an easy-to-use, safe power source for AC-powered trains and accessories.
To complete the connection between the track and the transformer, simply plug in the
color-coded wire harness that was included in your set and plug the transformer into your
wall outlet.
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Plug the wire from the transformer into the Z-Controller’s center port.
Connect the Wires from the Z-Controller to the Lighted Lock-On, being sure that
the wires are connected from red-to-red and black-to-black.
Unplug when not in use
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
Black Harness
Wire/Plug
Black Harness
Wire/Plug
Lubricating the Engine
You must lubricate the engine before operating it. Use a light household oil and
follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig. 5 on Page 12. Do not over oil.
Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
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 17.
Priming the Smoke Unit
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack (see Figure 1). We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or
LVTS fluids. Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior
engine components.
If you choose not to add smoke fluid (or have already added fluid but choose to
run smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit by turning the smoke unit control to the
“OFF” position, Full Counter Clockwise Position. Failure either to add fluid to
the smoke unit or to turn it off may damage the smoke unit heating element
and/or wicking material.
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Add Smoke Fluid
Figure 1. Adding Smoke Fluid
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Smoke Unit Control
Figure 2. Smoke Unit Control
Coupling the Engine and Cars
Our couplers are designed for realistic operation. Place the engine and cars on
the track and couple them together. If the coupler is already closed, press down
on the small finger that extends from under the right side of the coupler to open
the coupler knuckle and allow the couplers to interlock as shown in Figure 1.
STEP
1
Position
armiture
for proper
operation
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Incorrect
Position
STEP
2
Place the engine and cars
on the track.
Open couplers by pressing
down on plunger.
STEP
3
Push cars together
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Basic Operation
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel.
! Turn the throttle knob up ½-way, until the engine and caboose 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.
Operation Buttons
Throttle To increase or decrease track voltage, and
therefore train speed, turn the throttle control knob.
Turning it clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning it 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.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The horn
will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will stop when you
release the button.
Bell - To sound the bell, firmly press the bell button. The bell sound will continue until
the bell button is firmly pressed a second time.
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.
Direction Lock
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward,
neutral, or reverse) so that it will not change
Cycle Phases
directions. To do this, put the engine into the
direction you want, then remove the engine from
Neutral
the track and slide the ON/OFF switch located on
Reverse
the bottom of the engine to the OFF position. The
Neutral
engine will not change direction (including going
into neutral) until you flip the switch back to ON to
return the engine to its normal condition, even if the
engine is kept without power for extended periods of time.
Forward
Volume Control – To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn
the master volume control knob located under the engine clockwise to increase
the volume and counter-clockwise to decrease the volume (see Fig. 4 ).
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Proto-Sound 2.0
Volume Adjustment
Control
Figure 4: Volume Adjustment
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in
conventional mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode
features accompany the DCS Remote Control System equipment (sold
seperately).
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features:
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and 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 whistle
or ring the bell, you should press the buttons for a shorter time (½ second); you
may need to practice your timing to make this work smoothly.
Timing Chart
Press
Horn
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS):
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of freight yard sounds that you can play
when you pull into a yard. 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 sufficient time to run
through each sequence.
!
To cue the sound system to play the FYS, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button once
followed by 2 quick taps of the Horn 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. 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 and Bell buttons until the full FYS 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.
!
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS
sequence.
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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 sequence. The FYS 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 buttons and can ring the bell or blow the horn as usual.
Bell
Horn
Horn
Sound System Cued
to Play Passenger
Station Announcements (FYS)
+
Direction
1st
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
2nd
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
3rd
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
4th
Sequence
FYS
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS
! You can terminate FYS at any time by turning off power to the track for 15
seconds.
! You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS. 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 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. Otherwise, the engine without FYS will begin vibrating on the
track as its motors strain to move the train, since they cannot be automatically
disabled during the FYS cycle (or if an original Proto-Sound engine, FYS are
triggered differently and that engine's motor-disable feature will not be active
when you run FYS in Proto-Sound 2.0).
! FYS can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered
while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS, the engine will
depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was
traveling before entering Neutral.
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Proto-Coupler® Operation
This locomotive is equipped with two coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote
uncoupling action. Because the Proto-Coupler is controlled through the ProtoSound 2.0 microprocessor, it does not require an uncoupling track section or
modification to your layout to function. Use the codes listed below to fire the
coupler.
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, press the Bell button once followed immediately by
three pushes of the Whistle button. The sound of the liftbar and air line
depletion will play, and the knuckle will be released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Rear
= Coupler
Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine is equipped with one), press the Bell
button once followed immediately by four pushes of the Whistle button. The
sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be
released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Horn
Front
= Coupler
Note: There is a coupler switch on this engine for use with a Dummy Unit. The
switch chooses between rear coupler of power unit and the Dummy Unit.
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.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then press the
transformer’s Whistle button one time then immediately press the Bell button
two times. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Repeat the 1 whistle, 2 bells code to return it to the other state. 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
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Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Lock into a Directional State:
You can lock your engine into a directional state (forward, neutral, or reverse) to
prevent it from changing 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 speed (< 10
scale mph), and quickly but firmly press your remote’s Whistle button once
followed immediately by three presses of the Bell button. Two horn 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 whistle, 3 bells
code to return the engine to its normal state, even if the engine is kept without
power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
Horn
Bell
Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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 press the Whistle button once, followed
immediately by five quick pushes of the Bell button. Two horn blasts will
indicate that the engine has made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Horn 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 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.
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Maintenance:
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be oiled and greased in order to run properly.
You should regularly oil the engine and pickup rollers to prevent them from
squeaking. Use light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked
“L” in Fig. 5. Do not over oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate Axles
Grease Gears
Lubricate Pick-Up Rollers
(Do Not Lube the Flat Part of Pick-Up Rollers)
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. Use a lithium based grease and follow the greasing
instructions below.
1. Remove the Body Mounting Screws from the chassis, as seen in Figure 6,
then lift the body away from the chassis.
2. Remove the truck blocks from the chassis by unscrewing the large Phillips
motor mount screw on the bottom of each truck block, as shown in Figure 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 the pickup and
ground wires between the truck block and motor mount.
(L)
(L)
(L)
(L)
Figure 5: Lubrication Points
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5. Repeat the procedure for the other motor and truck
6. Reassemble the chassis and body, being careful that the wires are not caught
between the body and chassis, as this can lead to a short that may damage the
electronics beyond repair.
It is also a good idea to lubricate the outside truck block idler and drive gears
with grease occasionally. Add grease to the points marked with “G” in Figure
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screws
Motor Mount Screw
Motor Mount Screw
Figure 6: Mounting Screws
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 a clean rag and RailKing Track Cleaning Fluid or
denatured (not rubbing) alcohol.. 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. Because the manufacturing process leaves a coat on RealTrax, you
should clean the rails after the first 30 minutes of use (you may smell
something burning during initial use as the coat burns off; this is normal).
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.
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Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on each
powered truck block. While these tires are extremely durable, you may need to
replace them at some point.
First, remove the truck sides from the truck block. To do this, you will need to
remove the trucks from the chassis as described in the Lubrication Section on
page 12. Once the trucks are removed, remove the truck side frames from each
side of the truck by removing their mounting screws (Shown below)on top of
the truck. Once the truck side frames are removed follow the below.
1. Make sure the old tire has been completely removed from the groove in the
drive wheel, using a razor blade or small flathead screwdriver to pry away any
remains.
2. Slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it useful to use two small
flathead screwdrivers to stretch the tire over the wheel.
3. If you twist the tire while
stretching it over the wheel, you will
need to remove and reinstall the tire.
Otherwise your engine will wobble
while operating.
4. Make sure the tire is fully seated
inside the groove. Use a razor blade
to trim away any excess tire that
doesn’t seat itself inside the groove
properly.
5. Reassemble in reverse order.
Truckside Screws
Figure 7. Truckside Screws
(Reference Picture OnlyActual Model May Look Different)
One set of replacement tires is
packaged with the model.
Additional tires are available
directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (phone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-4230009; e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive,
Columbia MD 21046-1532).
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Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the burned out light bulbs on this locomotive, follow these
instructions.
Follow the cab removal instructions in the “Lubrication and Greasing
Instructions” section on pg.12 of this manual. Once the body has been removed,
locate burned out light bulb(s). Carefully remove bulb(s) from mounting.
Disconnect light bulb harness from main harness wire.
Replacement bulb harnesses are available directly from the M.T.H. Parts
department.
Connect replacement bulb harness and reassemble in reverse..
You can obtain replacement bulbs directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department
(phone: 410-381-2580; e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
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Caboose Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the interior light bulbs follow these instructions and see the diagrams below.
STEP
STEP
1
2
Lower the chassis from the
shell, taking care not to pull
the wires out.
Remove the four (4)
screws located under
the caboose's trucks.
STEP
3
End
Frame
Step
Platform
Carefully loosen the
end frames on both
ends from the step
platform.
Then grasp the end
frame by the bottom
and pivot outward 5
degrees. Remove
the step platforms
from both ends.
STEP
5
Replace the bulb by pushing the socket up
at an angle from the bulb holder and pulling
the bulb from its socket.
STEP
4
Lower the chassis from the shell, taking
care not to pull the wires out.
Light Bulb
(Part #CG-0000017)
Replace with a new bulb and reverse the
steps to reassemble the caboose.
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Self-Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad 2.4v self-charging battery pack 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.
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:
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 recharger (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. The part number is available
through M.T.H. Parts.
Battery
Figure 8.
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ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
This diesel locomotive contains a Proto-Sound 2.0 controlled smoke unit that
outputs smoke through the smokestack on the roof of the engine. The smoke unit
is essentially a small heating element and wick that soaks up and then heats a
mineral oil-based fluid that emits smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the
stack by a small electric fan. Smoke volume is controlled by the Proto-Sound 2.0
system.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy trouble-free smoke unit
operation for years.
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack (see Figure 9). We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or
LVTS fluids. Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior
engine components.
Add Smoke Fluid
Figure 9. Filling The Smoke Unit
To adjust the amount of smoke produced, turn the smoke unit volume control
clockwise to increase the amount of smoke, or counter-clockwise to reduce the
amount (see Figure 3)
If you choose not to add smoke fluid (or have already added fluid but choose to
run smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit by turning the smoke unit control to the
“OFF” position, Full Counter Clockwise Position (see Figure 2 on page 5). Failure
either to add fluid to the smoke unit or to turn it off may damage the smoke
unit heating element and/or wicking material.
When the smoke output while running the engine begins to diminish, add another
10-15 drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15
drops of fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting the
wick soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems
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 (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-4230009; service@mth-railking.com, 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.
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. See
the "Basic Operation" section for more details.
The engine will not start after I press the
You may not be sending enough power to the track
Direction button.
to power the engine. Rotate throttle clockwise to
increase track power.
My engine sounds are distorted and garbled. The battery may have run down, especially if the
engine has been in storage for some time. See the
"Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section of these
instructions for how to test, recharge, and (if
necessary) replace the battery.
Horn
Remedy
I can't get the horn to blow when I press the
Horn button.
Bell
You may be pressing the button too quickly. Try
pressing the Horn button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to fully depress the
button.
Remedy
I can't get the bell to ring when I press the
bell button.
Coupler
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS starts.
The Proto-Coupler won't let the engine
uncouple on the fly.
The coupler does not fire or stay coupled.
The rear coupler does not fire, but coupler
sounds play.
Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds don't
play.
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.
Remedy
You are waiting too long between Horn button
presses. See the timing instructions located at the
beginning of the "Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating
Instructions" section.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle and rivet with
a dry graphite lubricant.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe with
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and let
dry.
Check position of Auxiliary Proto-Coupler
Control Switch. Switch Should be in the “OFF”
position for the rear coupler to fire.
Remedy
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at random
intervals.
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Lock-out
I can't get the engine to run after I power up
the transformer. It sits still with the diesel
and compressor sounds running.
The engine won't lock into forward, neutral,
or reverse.
Volume
The sounds seem distorted, especially when
the Horn or bell is activated.
No Sound
Battery
Remedy
The engine maybe locked into the neutral
position. Follow the procedure in the "Lock into a
Direction" section to unlock the engine's direction.
Engine speed must be below 10 scale mph
(approx. 10 volts or less in conventional mode).
Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too high. Turn the
volume control knob on the bottom of the chassis
counter-clockwise to reduce the volume.
Volume is set too low, adjust volume control knob
on the bottom of the chassis clockwise to increase
the volume or check connector to speaker.
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial neutral
setting.
I get no sounds when the engine shifts
between directions.
After I turn off my transformer, my engine
continues to make sounds before quitting.
Check to be sure the battery is installed and fully
charged. See the "Self-Charging Battery BackUp" section.
The battery may be dead or need to be charged.
See the "Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to continue to sound
for a few seconds after power to the track has
been shut off to allow for a more realistic shutdown.
PSA
Remedy
Once in PSA, the engine doesn’t go into
reverse.
So that PSA effects can be as realistic as
possible, Proto-Sound 2.0 disables the
reversing unit whenever PSA is enabled.
This way the engine remains still at its stop
as the operator cycles through the PSA
sequences.
PSA is programmed to start ringing the bell
at that point. After approximately 12
seconds, it will automatically turn off.
Because PSA must control various effects in
each sequence, Proto-Sound 2.0 takes
control of these sound effects until you exit
PSA
Each PSA clip must play for aprox. 30
seconds before PSA will advance to the next
step in the PSA cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each PSA sound clip before
pressing the direction button.
When the PSA enters its last sequence the
bell automatically comes on
When PSA is enabled, pressing the whistle
and bell has no effect
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not play or
the engine does not come out of PSA after
fourth press of the direction button.
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Compatibility
While this Ready-To-Run set is equipped with everything you need to operate
it, the design allows flexibility. The train will operate on any traditional O-31 or
larger O Gauge track system, including the RealTrax® included with this set or
traditional tubular track. It is also compatible with most standard AC
transformers, including the hobby transformer packaged with your set. (See
below for a complete list of compatible transformers and wiring instructions.)
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Note that many of the operational commands described in these instructions
require a bell button, so if you are using a transformer other than the one
included in this set and your transformer does not have its own bell button, you
should consider adding one to get the full benefit of the system.
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
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-14v
80-Watt
0-18v
100-Watt
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
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
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
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Quick-Start DVD
The included DVD Quick-Start video demonstrates the start-up and basic operation of
this set as well as other information about model railroading. You may find it helpful to
view the DVD before operating this set.
RailWare Interactive CD ROM
M.T.H. provides a free RailWare CD ROM in each Ready-To-Run set. It is full of helpful
information on M.T.H. product history, track planning software, a dealer finder, and
information and video clips on Loco-Sound and Proto-Sound 2.0. Follow the directions
below to use the CD ROM.
Minimum System Requirements: Pentium 100, 16MB RAM, Windows 95 or later, CD
ROM drive, Sound Card, display properties set to greater than 256 colors. The CD will
not work on a Mac OS unless you run VirtualPC®.
Running RR-Track Software
You may run the RR-Track software directly off of the CD ROM or you may install the
software to your hard drive.
1. On the Desktop, click on the icon that says My Computer.
2. Find your CD ROM drive.
3. With the M.T.H. CD ROM in the drive, double click on the icon for the CD ROM
drive.
4. Find the folder on the CD ROM entitled INSTALLATION.
5. Choose the folder inside entitled RRTRAXSETUP.
6. Run the file in that folder called SETUP.EXE and follow the directions it provides.
The program may ask you for a registration code. If it does type in "M.T.H." and it will
run.
Additional track libraries can be obtained directly from RR-Track. See their website for
more information www.rrtrack.com.
Installing Adobe Acrobat Software
To read some of the electronic documents included on the CD ROM, you will need to
install the Adobe Acrobat Reader® if it is not already on your computer. To install the
software:
1. On the Desktop, click on the icon that says My Computer.
2. Find your CD ROM drive.
3. With the MTH CD ROM in the drive, double click on the icon for the CD ROM
drive.
4. Find the folder on the CD ROM entitled INSTALLATION.
5. Choose the folder inside entitled ACROBAT READER.
*If you are running Windows 95, 98 or NT choose the folder 32 BIT. Run the file
AR32E301.EXE and follow the directions it provides.
If you have problems you cannot resolve by using these directions, contact
custserv@mth-railking.com or call 410-381-2580 for further help.
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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:
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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, and
wheel clickety-clack sounds
Direction Control Set Up-User can set initial individual start-up direction (start in
forward or reverse) for double-heading operations
Locomotive Consist Set-up-User can determine locomotive values for consist makeups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to operate together
Query Locomotive Information-User can query locomotive programming to learn
locomotive address and engine data information, including scale miles traveled
User Can Query, Set and Operate Track and Accessory Interface Units for
Programming Digital Command Operations for up to 250 Accessories and 250
Individual Switches
User Can Script, Record and Playback Train Routes
Operating instructions for all DCS Command features will accompany the DCS remote
control equipment.
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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 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). These centers are compensated by M.T.H. to
perform warranty service for any customer whose repair qualifies for warranty ser vice. A list of NASC retailers
can be located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling 1-888-640-3700. 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. Train Merchant are covered by this
warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 1-888-640-3700 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train
Merchant 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 repair or replace (at our option) the defective part 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 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. Train Merchant, which gives the date of
purchase. If you are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their retur n
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
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