Razor Orange 15555-OR Operator`s manual

Premier TRAXX
Electric Engine
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Compatibility
This engine will operate on any
traditional O-Gauge track system,
including M.T.H.’s RealTrax® or
ScaleTrax™ or traditional tubular track.
The Hi-rail wheel version operates on O72 curves and the Scale wheel version
operates on 31” radius curves. It is also
compatible with most standard AC
transformers and DC power packs. (See
page 49 and 50 for a complete list of
compatible transformers, power packs,
and wiring instructions.)
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Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Pantographs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Automatic Operating Pantographs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Conventional Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Command Mode-Automatic Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Command Mode-Manual Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Softkey Operation for Operating Pantograph Engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Coupler Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
PS 3.0 Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Conventional AC/DC Start-up/Shut-down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
DCS/DCC Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Programming Track (for DCC operation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Loading Engine Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
LED Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Modes of Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Conventional AC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Activating Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Mode Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Manual Volume Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Train/No Train Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
PFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Proto-Coupler™ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Country Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Reset To Factory Default . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Automatic Sound Effects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Conventional DC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
DCS Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
DCC / Digital Command Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Basic DCC Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Start up / Shut Down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Sounds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Master Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Couplers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Forward/Reverse Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Crossing Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Auto/Manual Pantograph Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Engine Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
CV29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Long and Short Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Feature/Factory Resetting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
M.T.H. Proto-Sound 3.0 Expanded DCC Functionality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Advanced DCC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Additional F Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Configuration Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Advanced Consisting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Programming Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Headlight Replacement Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 3.0 Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
DC Power Supply Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Additional Features Accessible Of DCS Remote Control System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Service & Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Limited One-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Recommended for Ages 14 and up. 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.
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.
Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
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.
©2011, M.T.H. Electric Trains®, Columbia, MD 21046
Rev: 20dl15555i_Traxx Electric 9/5/12
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
By visiting the M.T.H. website, www.mthtrains.com, you will also be able to view
any additional manual updates that affect your engine . Enter the MTH Item
number of the engine you want to check and select the manual icon to download
or view it. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the manual.
You can obtain replacement parts and replacement instructions from the
M.T.H. Parts Department (Order online: www.mthtrains.com, e-mail:
parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2580, Mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Set Up Checklist
-Lubricate Engine
-Read all General Maintenance Instruction, starting on page 38
-Apply power to run as described in the Modes of Operation section on page 9
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 on each pivot point.
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
Figure 1. Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Pantographs
WARNING: The Automatic Operating Pantographs must be unlatched or the on-off
switch must be set to OFF before power is applied to the engine.
Unlatch before power is applied
Figure 3
Pantograph On-Off Switch
Figure 2
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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 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 running the engine while
using the pickup rollers with the pantographs raised or by using a track cleaning pad.
Figure 4: Pantograph/Track Position Switch
Pantograph/Track
Position Switch
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.
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Command Mode- Automatic Operation
The pantographs can be operated automatically or manually when using the M.T.H. DCS
Digital Command System or DCC. 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.
Every time the direction button is pushed, the pantographs will alternately rise and lower.
DCS 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
The new softkeys displayed when an operating pantograph engine is loaded into the
remote are as follows (requires Remote code version 3.10 or higher):
MOP (Menu Operating Pantograph)
When pressed it brings up auto/manual pantograph operating screen.
MAN – This selects Manual mode for operating the pantographs. (See the F and R
Commands below)
AUTO - This selects auto mode for operating the pantographs (See Command Mode Automatic Operation at the top of this page)
F
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 up 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 the pantographs is
that when the engine is in the forward direction the rear pantograph is up and the front
one is down.
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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 www.mthtrains.com. DCS systems using software versions
3.0 or earlier will only have automatic pantograph operation when running under DCS
command mode.
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
pantographs 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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Coupler Systems
Your engine comes equipped with the Lenz coupler (See Below). Also included is the
Fine Scale European coupler.
Pin
Figure 5: Lenz Coupler
To adjust the Lenz Coupler for more efficient operating of your locomotive while on
the track, you may have to change the length of the coupler. To do this, remove the pin
then slide the coupler forward or backward, then reinsert the pin into whichever slot
allows for better operation.
Figure 7: Pin
Figure 6: Removing Pin
NOTE: The code used to operate the Lenz-style electrical couplers is different than the
code used for the MTH Proto-Coupler. If your model came equipped with the
Lenz-style coupler DO NOT install an MTH Proto-Coupler without updating the
code. Like wise if your model came equipped with an MTH Proto-Coupler, DO NOT
install the Lenz-style coupler without updating the code. Damage may occur to the
coupler or the PS 3.0 board. You can change the code in the model if you desire to
change from one electrical style coupler to another. You will need a TIU running
software version 4.20 or higher and the Consumer Loader version 2.3 or higher.
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PS 3.0 Enhancements
Here are some of the exciting changes incorporated into your new MTH Proto-Sound®
3.0 Locomotives. More advanced features such as Custom Speed Tables and Advanced
Consisting can be found in the DCC section of this manual.
Conventional (Analog) AC/DC Start-up/Shut-down
Your new MTH PS3.0-equipped locomotive no longer has batteries. It uses Super
Capacitors to hold the engine board alive for a short time when you shut off or
interrupt track power. Because of this, when you first apply track power to your PS3.0equipped O Gauge engine, you will notice the headlight comes on but nothing else.
This is perfectly normal. The capacitors are charging up during this time. The wait time
depends upon how long it’s been since you last applied power to the engine. Typically it
will take 1-15 seconds to fully charge. NOTE: The 1-15 second charging wait time
ONLY applies to conventional AC track power.
Once the headlight shuts off, the engine will play its start-up sounds and all the lights
will come back on, simultaneously. Smoke too if you have it turned on.
The capacitors hold enough charge to play the full shut-down sounds. Also, the
capacitors allow you to operate your engine in conventional mode just like you would
any other conventionally-controlled engine. Finally, because there are no batteries, you
will notice there is no external charge jack on the engine.
DCS/DCC Switch
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine has a DCS/DCC selector switch (located on the
underside of the tender in steam engines). To operate the engine in DCS mode, ensure
the switch is set to DCS. If you wish to run the engine in DCC mode, ensure the switch
is set to DCC.
If you inadvertently leave the switch in DCC it won’t hurt anything, you just won’t be
able to communicate with your engine with your DCS system. Likewise, if you leave the
switch in DCS and try to operate the engine under DCC you may notice a humming
coming from your engine and you will likely notice that your DCC system’s overload
light will be on.
Programming Track (for DCC operation)
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped O Gauge engine can function on Programming Track
outputs from DCC systems. Most DCC systems can support the current requirements
of the engine as long as it’s not started up. If you plan on powering up the MTH engine
on your programming track, you may want to consider a DCC Programming Track
Booster.
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Loading Engine Firmware
Your new MTH PS3.0-equipped O-Gauge engine affords you the ability to load Engine
firmware. Loader version 2.30 or later will allow you to do this. Please refer to the
Loader program’s instructions for more details. So, as MTH releases new features or
updates you will be able to take full advantage without having to ship your favorite
engine anywhere. All new updates are available on our website. MTH will make
announcements as they are available. Not all updates will apply to all engines.
NOTE: Requires a TIU w/ version 4.20 or later firmware, and requires
Consumer Loader version 2.30 or later.
LED Lighting
Gone are the incandescent bulbs. Your new PS3.0-equipped engine has LED lighting.
MTH uses various colored LEDs to simulate the correct lighting on your engines from
the warm, yellow-orange colored light coming out of an old lantern on your favorite
steam engine to the high-intensity halogen lamp on the latest modern diesels, LED's
allow for various, correct colors. Also, they require less power and do not emit as much
heat as incandescent bulbs.
Modes of Operation
There are 4 options for operating your MTH Proto-Sound® 3.0-equipped engine;
-Conventional AC
-Conventional DC
-DCS - MTH Digital Command System
-DCC
When the locomotive is placed on the track and power is applied to the track the
locomotive will detect the type of control system being used and respond accordingly.
Below is an overview of the 4 different systems.
NOTE: You’ll need to have the DCC/DCS switch set correctly if your using one
of those two modes.
Conventional AC Operation
When using conventional AC power, the engine will respond to changes in track
voltage. An increase in track voltage will increase the locomotive speed and a reduction
in track voltage will reduce the engine speed.
A short interruption (approximately 1 to 2 seconds) in the track voltage will cause the
engine to cycle in the sequence for each track voltage interruption (neutral – forward –
neutral – reverse)
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When power is first applied to the track, the locomotive will be silent for 1-20 seconds
and the headlight will be on, indicating the super capacitors are charging (The super
capacitors provide power to the sound system during direction changes or intermittent
drops in track power due to dirty track or on switches, when operating in conventional
mode). When the super capacitors are charged, all the lights will come on and the
engine sounds will start up. There should be no movement, as the engine is in neutral.
Causing a short interruption of track power by using the direction button on the
transformer, or by bringing the throttle to 0 volts and back again, will change the
sequence to the forward state. Then increasing the throttle will begin to move the
engine forward, and speed will increase as the throttle is advanced.
If there is another interruption in track power the sequence will change to the neutral
position again. The engine will remain in the neutral state until there is another
interruption in track power. The next interruption in track power will move the
sequence to the reverse state. The engine will now move in the reverse direction. If the
power interruption was accomplished by using the direction button and the throttle
position was not changed, the engine will run in the reverse direction at the same speed
that it was traveling in the forward position.
Subsequent interruptions in track power of 1-2 seconds will continue the sequence
rotation. If you happen to interrupt track power for longer than about 2 seconds, the
engine will begin its shut down sounds. If this occurs you can cycle the direction
sequence again to get back to the direction you wish to move and once the engine starts
moving its shut down sounds will stop playing (SEE PAGE 11 (direction cycle phases)).
In conventional AC operation the whistle sound, the bell sound, PFA sounds and other
operational functions can be accessed if your transformer has a horn/whistle button
and a bell button. By using combinations of button presses, different commands
besides blowing the whistle and ringing the bell can be initiated.
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Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Operating
Instructions
Activating Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Mode Features
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.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The
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.
Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
Forward
Neutral
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Proto-Sound® 3.0
Volume Adjustment
Knob
Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by
this engine, turn the master volume control
clockwise to increase the volume and
counterclockwise to reduce the volume.
Turning the master volume control
completely counterclockwise will turn of all
of the engine sounds and announcements.
The master volume control is located on the
underside of the chassis as shown in figure 8.
Figure 8: Manually Adjusting the Volume
Proto-Sound® 3.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and Horn 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 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
Horn
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Feature to Be Activated
Train/No Train Indicator
PFA (Passenger/Freight Announcements)
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Country Indicator (Swiss or German)
Reset to Factory Defaults
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Button Code:
1 Bell, 1 Horn/Whistles
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, 4 Bells
1 Horn/Whistle, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
Train/No Train Indicator
By default your engine will be set to a No-Train indication. That means your engine has
no string of cars being pulled. Your engine lighting will look like this:
Switzerland & Germany
(Engine without Train)
Just the engine running
red
Rear
Front
To set your engine's lights to indicate that it is pulling a string of cars behind it, you
want to tap the Bell button followed by one tap of the Horn/Whistle button.
Train/No Train
Indicator
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Your engine's lights will now look like this (for Swiss Operation):
Switzerland (Engine with Train)
Forward (Front)
Forward (Rear)
Reverse (Front)
Reverse (Rear)
Passenger Freight Announcements (PFA)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of either passenger station announcements or freight yard sounds that you can play when you pull into a station or 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 PFA sufficient time to run through each sequence.
•To cue the sound system to play the PFA, 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 PFA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the
train will not move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds.
Proto-Sound 3.0 has disabled operator control over the Horn and Bell
buttons until the full PFA sequence is complete.
•After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the
Direction button again to trigger the second sequence of PFA.
•After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third
PFA 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 PFA
sequence. The PFA will continue and within a few seconds the bell will begin
ringing, then the engine will begin moving 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.
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Tips on Using PFA
•You can terminate PFA at any time by turning off power to the track for 15 seconds.
•You do not have to be in Forward to use PFA. At the conclusion of the full sequence,
the train will pull away from the station or yard in whatever direction you were going
when you activated the feature.
•You can use PFA even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the second
engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound® 3.0, you must remember not to leave the
throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the engine to run the PFA.
Otherwise, the engine without PFA will begin vibrating on the track as its motors strain
to move the train, since they cannot be automatically disabled during the PFA cycle (or
if an original Proto-Sound® engine, PFA are triggered differently and that engine's
motor-disable feature will not be active when you run PFA in Proto-Sound® 3.0).
•PFA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered while in
motion except that, at the conclusion of the PFA, 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®
3.0 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 p. 29) 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 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.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Rear
= Coupler
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 Horn 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.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Horn
Front
= Coupler
NOTE: The code used to operate the Lenz-style electrical couplers is different than the
code used for the MTH Proto-Coupler. If your model came equipped with the
Lenz-style coupler DO NOT install an MTH Proto-Coupler without updating the
code. Like wise if your model came equipped with an MTH Proto-Coupler, DO
NOT install the Lenz-style coupler without updating the code. Damage may occur to
the coupler or the PS 3.0 board. You can change the code in the model if you desire to
change from one electrical style coupler to another. You will need a TIU running
software version 4.20 or higher and the Consumer Loader version 2.3 or higher.
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Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 3.0 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 button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times, allowing
approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will
indicate that the engine has made the change. Repeat the 1 horn, 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
Bell
Bell
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
=
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Locking Locomotive 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 button once followed by three
quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each
quick button press. 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 horn, 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
Horn
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Country Indicator (German or Swiss)
The second lighting feature of your Traxx Electric Engine allows you to display either
German or Swiss operation. To change between German or Swiss Operation, you want
to press the Horn button followed by 4 taps of the Bell button. The default is Swiss
Operation. The following illustrations show the lighting for German or Swiss Operation.
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Switzerland (Engine with Train)
Germany (Engine with Train)
Forward (Front)
Forward (Rear)
Reverse (Front)
Reverse (Rear)
Switzerland & Germany (Engine without Train)
red
Rear
Front
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Alternate Country Lighting
(Repeat to Return
to Previous Country Lighting)
Reset to Factory Default
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its
factory defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn 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 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 Sound Effects
Certain Proto-Sound® 3.0 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.
Conventional DC Operation
Your MTH locomotive will operate on conventional DC track voltage also. However,
functions such as blowing the whistle, ringing the bell, and the PSA sounds cannot be
initiated in conventional DC. Only the squealing brake sounds, and idle sounds will
function.
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Operation of your MTH Proto-Sound 3.0 engine in conventional DC is very similar to
operating a conventional AC engine. As you increase track voltage, engine speed
increases.
As the track voltage is decreased, engine speed is decreased. When track voltage polarity
is reversed using the polarity or direction switch on the power pack, the engine will run
in the opposite direction. The electronics in your MTH Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive are
designed to slowly change direction without a need to change the throttle, if you so
desire.
Just change the polarity switch on your DC power pack and the engine will gradually
come to a stop and then automatically begin traveling in the opposite direction. The
speed will build up to the same speed that the engine was going in the previous
direction.When power is first applied to the locomotive, the engine’s sounds will start
up when the track voltage reaches about 8 VDC. To get your locomotive moving, after
the startup sounds have finished and the locomotive is idling, slowly increase the track
voltage until the locomotive is traveling at the desired speed.
NOTE – If you apply more than 9.0VDC to the engine at start-up the engine will not
move. This is normal. We refer to this as “Anti-Jackrabbit” and this feature prevents
your model from taking off at high track voltages. Simply lower the track voltage down
below 9.0VDC and then back up to get your engine moving. This applies only when
you start up your engine.
DCS - Digital Command System
While the acronyms are close, this is where the similarity ends between DCC and DCS.
Yes they are both digital control systems. However, M.T.H. DCS is not DCC. There are
several proprietary versions of DCC on the market, but DCS is not one of them.
M.T.H.'s DCS System is a proven technology in the O Gauge, One Gauge, and HO
Gauge markets. First the power signal in DCS is not the command signal. Next DCS
employs a fully functional bi-directional communication scheme opening a vast range
of advanced features and yet so simple and intuitive that you can enjoy them. No
programming tracks, bits and bytes, or conversion of binary to hexadecimal numbers
here. To add an engine in DCS, press “ADD ENGINE”. After that, if you want to start
your engine just press “START UP”. No combination of letters or numbers to
remember.
Additional details can be found in the DCS manual that accompanies your DCS system
or on the MTH Web site, www.mthtrains.com With DCS, you can have a whole fleet of
MTH PS 3.0 engines on the rails and they will remain shut down until you command
them to start up.
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Your new Traxx Electric Engine has two new lighting features not found on any other
models. You are now able to, by selecting two different softkeys on the DCS Remote,
change how the engine's lights respond. Please refer to your DCS Manual for
definitions and further explanation on how softkeys are utilized in your PS3.0-equipped
engine. Below is a lighting diagram.
For Train/No-Train Indicators:
To set the Train/No-Train indicator Lights you want to press the LMK softkey so the
DCS Remote displays “Marker Light ON”. By default your engine will be set to a NoTrain indication. That means your engine has no string of cars being pulled. Your
engine lighting will look like this:
red
Front
Rear
To set your engine's lights to indicate that it is pulling a string of cars behind it, press
the LMK softkey so the DCS Remote displays “Marker Light OFF”. Your engine's
lights will now look like this (For Swiss Operation):
Forward (Front)
Forward (Rear)
Reverse (Front)
Reverse (Rear)
The second lighting feature of your Traxx Electric Engine allows you to display either
Swiss or German operation. To change between German or Swiss Operation, you want
to press the LBE softkey (the Default is Swiss). Below are illustrations showing the
lighting for German or Swiss Operation.
Swiss Operation is the default and will be based upon how you have the Train/NoTrain indicator set. To ensure Swiss Operation lighting is being used press the LBE
softkey on your DCS Remote so it displays “Beacon Light ON”. To switch to German
Operation, press the LBE softkey so that the DCS Remote displays “Beacon Light OFF”.
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Switzerland (Engine with Train)
Germany (Engine with Train)
Forward (Front)
Forward (Rear)
Reverse (Front)
Reverse (Rear)
Switzerland & Germany (Engine without Train)
red
Front
Rear
DCC - Digital Command Control
DCC is a popular digital command scheme wherein the track power is also a digital
control signal. That is, using a DCC controller, you can communicate with multiple
engines and have all of them moving at different speeds and in varying directions on
the same track at the same time. The power/command signal remains constant and
engines are commanded to perform as desired. Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine has
the ability to decode and respond to these DCC commands. This allows you to mix and
match MTH PS3—equipped engines as well as operate them with any other
manufacturer's DCC-decoder equipped engine. The best part about your MTH PS3.0equipped engine is that the decoder is built right in. No need to remove the hood and
install speakers or boards. It's all done for you at the factory. Each PS3.0-equipped
engine has a full complement of lights, sounds, smoke (if equipped). Just set the model
on the rails, apply DCC power and hit F3 on your DCC handheld controller and you're
off and running.
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Basic DCC Operation:
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine takes full advantage of DCC's capabilities. Below are
the basic commands you'll want to know to get started running quickly. Please refer to
the Advanced DCC Operation section of the manual if you want to dig into the full
capability of DCC.
Each engine type may have a slightly different F Function list. This depends upon
whether it's steam, diesel, or electric and whether it has smoke or not. Please refer to the
table of Default CV Values for your particular engine's F Functions.
A note about enabling/disabling F Functions in DCC - Depending upon the DCC
system you have you may need to toggle a particular F Function on then off to actually
get it to enable. Some DCC systems do this for you automatically and others allow you
to set particular F Function buttons to either be set for momentary or toggle. Please
refer to your DCC control station manufacturer's manual for more information on how
they handle F Function buttons.
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine's default short address is 3. So all you have to
do is power up your DCC system and call up Locomotive 3 to begin.
Start-Up/Shut-Down
F3 – Start-Up/Shut-Down
Pressing this twice (toggle on then off) will start up your engine. When you apply DCC
power your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine will remain dark and quiet. Since you likely
don't want to run the engine this way, simply press F3 twice to start your engine. The
lights, sound and smoke (if equipped) will come on.
Note – You are actually able to move the engine in DCC without starting it up. Just
increasing the throttle will cause the engine to move. In order for F3 to function
correctly the engine must NOT be moving
To shut your engine down, press the F3 button twice. This will play the shut down
sounds and then turn the lights and smoke and sounds off. As long as there is DCC
power still on the track the engine can be started up again by pressing the F3 button twice.
Bell/Whistle (Horn)
F1 – Bell
To activate the Bell press F1. To deactivate it, hit F1 again
F2 – Whistle (Horn)
To activate the Whistle/Horn, press F2. To shut it off either let off the F2 button or
press and release it
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PFA
F4 – PFA
PFA in MTH lingo stands for Passenger/Freight Announcements. Your engine is preprogrammed for the appropriate type of sounds based upon the type of service the
real-life engine used in daily operation.
There are five sound sequences or segments in the PFA feature. Each segment is
advanced by you, the operator.
You hit the F4 button twice on the DCC controller to let the engine know you want it
to advance (this toggles the PFA function on then off to clear the remote for the next
sequence). In most PFA sequences there is a minimum wait time of about 20-30
seconds before it will advance. So, here is how a typical PFA sequence operates:
1. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) to start the PFA sequence on
the engine. You'll hear “Now arriving…” for passenger sound sets and cab
chatter for freight sound sets. The bell will then begin ringing.
2. Slowly reduce the throttle until the train stops at the desired location and speed
reaches zero. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) again and the bell
will stop ringing. You will hear the engine sounds switch from the cab to the
station or yard with all the ambient sounds you'd hear in the real thing.
3. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) again to advance the sequence.
You'll hear “Now boarding…” for passenger sound sets and freight yard sounds for
freight sound sets.
4. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) again to advance the sequence.
You'll hear “Now departing…” for passenger sound sets and more freight yard
sounds for freight sound sets.
5. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) the last time to advance the
sequence. You'll hear “All aboard…” for passenger sound sets and more freight
yard sounds for freight sound sets. The engine sounds will switch over to the cab
again. When the bell begins to ring, advance the throttle to move the engine out
of the station or yard. The bell will shut off automatically.
Lights
F0 – Headlight/Taillight
This toggles your headlight/taillight on and off. It will also override F19 and F20
(Train/No-Train and Alternate Country (German/Swiss) Lighting). When F0 is
disabled your Headlight, Taillight, Train/No-Train Indicators and German/Swiss
Indicators are disabled as well.
F5 – Lights
This toggles your firebox and cab interior light on and off.
(This will not affect F19 and F20 operation)
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Master Volume
F6 – Master Volume
There are 10 volume levels. Pressing F6 twice (toggling on then off) raises the Master
Volume one level. The Master Volume loops. That is, if you go past the 10th level it will
loop back around to the 1st or lowest volume level.
Couplers
The code used to operate the Lenz-style electrical couplers is different than the code
used for the MTH Proto-Coupler. If your model came equipped with the Lenz-style
coupler DO NOT install an MTH Proto-Coupler without updating the code. Like wise if
your model came equipped with an MTH Proto-Coupler, DO NOT install the Lenz-style
coupler without updating the code. Damage may occur to the coupler or the PS 3.0
board. You can change the code in the model if you desire to change from one electrical
style coupler to another. You will need a TIU running software version 4.20 or higher
and the Consumer Loader version 2.3 or higher.
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine comes with remotely controlled Proto-Couplers.
They can be fired using your DCC handheld.
F7 – Front Coupler
Pressing F7 twice (toggling on then off) will fire your Front Coupler
F8 – Rear Coupler
Pressing F8 twice (toggling on then off) will fire your Rear Coupler
Forward/Reverse Signal
Just like a real engine, you can announce the direction of intended movement using your
DCC handheld and F9 and F10.
F9 – Forward Signal
Pressing F9 twice (toggling on then off) will sound the Forward Signal. This is two
whistle/horn blasts
F10 – Reverse Signal
Pressing F10 twice (toggling on then off) will sound the Reverse Signal. This is three
whistle/horn blasts
Grade Crossing Signal
Again, just like a real engine, you can trigger the Grade Crossing Signal on your engine.
This is two long, one short, one long whistle/horn blast.
F11 – Grade Crossing Signal
Pressing F11 twice (toggling on then off) will sound your Crossing Signal.
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Auto/Manual Pantograph Operation
F12 – Auto/Manual Pantograph Operating Mode
Toggling F12 ON will enable Manual Pantograph Mode. Disabling F12 will return the
engine to Auto Pantograph Operating Mode. If you enable F12 you can then use F13
and F14 to drive the Front/Rear Pantographs Up/Down.
F13 – Front Pantograph Up/Down
Toggling F13 ON will raise the front pantograph if you have F12 enabled. Toggling
F13 OFF will lower the front pantograph.
F14 – Rear Pantograph Up/Down
Toggling F14 ON will raise the rear pantograph if you have F12 enabled. Toggling F13
OFF will lower the rear pantograph.
Irrespective of the pantograph's positions in manual mode; if you re-enable Auto mode
(toggle F12 OFF) the pantographs will automatically realign themselves to the correct
orientation based upon the engine's current direction of travel.
Engine Sounds
F25 – Engine Sounds
You can turn the Engine Sounds On/Off by pressing the F25 button. Pressing it once
(enabling F25) will cause the Engine Sounds to shut off. The Whistle/Horn and Bell
sounds will still be active, however. To turn the engine sounds back on press the F25
button again (disable F25).
CV29
CV29 is the basic decoder setup CV that is used by all DCC decoder manufactures. So,
if you are familiar with CV29 from other manufacturer's decoders MTH's is no
different. The most important part of CV29 is the ability to switch between long and
short addressing. By default, CV29 on your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine is set to 2.
Long and Short Addressing
Like most DCC Decoders, your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine can be programmed with
both Long and Short Address. Short addresses are those from 1-127 and Long
addresses are those from 128-9999. You can program the engine address either with
Programming on the Main (PoM) or using a Programming Track. Since it's easiest, in
most cases, to PoM the instructions will show you how to do it this way.
By default, your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine comes programmed with both a long and
short DCC address. The default Short address is always 3. The default Long address
will be 3333.
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To change your engine's Short Address using PoM:
1. Call up the engine's current address on your DCC handheld
2. Enter Programming on the Main on your DCC handheld
3. Enter the new address you want – Remember you can only use address 1-127 for
Short Addressing
4. Once you hit Enter the engine will give you a two whistle/horn blast response
5. Call up the engine on its new address and away you go
Alternatively, depending upon the type of DCC system you have, you can enter
PoM and then write the new address in the Address Menu. This only works for
short addressing. For example, on an MRC Prodigy Advance2 system, you would:
1. Call up the engine's current address on your DCC handheld
2. Hit the PROG button twice to enter PoM mode
3. Hit Enter twice so the LCD displays “Adr”
4. Type in the new Short Address (1-127) that you want and hit Enter
5. The engine will give you a two whistle/horn blast response
To change your engine's Long Address using PoM:
1. Call up the current engine's address on your DCC handheld
2. Enter Programming on the Main on your DCC handheld
3. In this step you have to tell the MTH engine that you want it to start looking at long
addresses. You do this in CV29:
a. Bring up the CV menu on your DCC handheld
b. Enter “29” to edit CV29
c. Enter “34” to change the value of CV29 and hit Enter
d. The engine will give you a two whistle/horn blast response
4. In the following steps you will now need to write values to CV17 and
CV18 to tell the engine what the long address should be
Feature/Factory Resetting
If all else fails and you aren't sure of something, never fear. You can always get your
engine back to a known state by either performing a Feature or Factory Reset.
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There are a couple of ways to reset your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine:
Factory Resets – Clears everything – takes engine to just like it was
when you got it brand new
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Send a decimal 08 to CV 8 to reset everything entirely back to
factory default
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Send a decimal 192 to reset everything except user speed tables
Feature Resets – There are a couple of Feature Resets that you can use
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Press F28 twice (toggling on then off). This resets the smoke,
volume and lights back to their defaults
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Send a decimal 64 for a Feature Reset. This resets volumes,
smoke and light settings.
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Send a decimal 128 to reset only address values back to factory
default
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This is the same as writing 55 to CV55 to engine
address 55
Note: The engine address has to be something
other than address 55
Lost or Unknown Engine Address and the 55-55-55 Address Reset
In some cases you may not remember or have somehow lost the engine address.
Following the above Feature or Factory Resets will allow you to recover an engine. The
limitation to this is that for most resets you must know the engine address. If you are
unsure of the engine address you can apply the 55-55-55 reset (send a value of 55 to
CV55 to engine address 55). In order for this to work correctly the engine's address
must NOT be 55. The engine will need to be sitting at some address other than 55.
Below is the method (55-55-55 Reset) you can employ to return an engine to its factory
default short address of 3 (it will also set the engine's long address back to its default –
usually 3333 or the cab number on some models) if you're unsure of the engine's
current address:
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Check first to see if the engine happens to be sitting at address 55. Call up engine
55 on your DCC handheld and hit F3 to start the engine up. If it starts up then you
can change the address to whatever you want using CV1 (short address) or CV17
and CV18 (long address)
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If the engine doesn't start up at address 55 then you can use the 55-55-55 reset. To
perform this follow the instructions below:
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Ensure the DCC system is powered up and power is on the rails
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Call up engine address 55. NOTE – you are NOT changing the engine's
address to 55 you are just telling the DCC system to start talking to
engine address 55. You will want to make sure that no other MTH
engines are on the rails or any other manufacturer's engines with an
address of 55 are on the rails. MTH engines will listen for commands
coming to engine address 55 when the 55-55-55 reset is enabled even
though they are not programmed as address 55
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Enter PoM mode on your DCC handheld and write a value of 55 to
CV55. Again, even though your MTH engine is NOT on address 55 it
will still listen for this reset command
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Call up address 3 on your DCC handheld and hit F3. The engine should
now start-up
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If you have performed the 55-55-55 reset and the engine still doesn't respond then
place the engine on the programming track output of your DCC system and
program a value of 3 to CV1. This will set the engine's short address to 3.
However, as long as the engine is NOT programmed as address 55 then the 55-5555 reset will always set the engine's long and short addresses back to their factory
defaults. It will also set the engine's addressing back to short (if you happened to
have CV29 set to long addressing)
The 55-55-55 Reset can be confusing at first but the main point to note is that you are
NOT setting the engine's address to 55 to perform the reset, you are just calling up
engine address 55 on your DCC handheld and sending a value of 55 to CV55. Again,
MTH engine's will listen to the 55-55-55 reset command even though the engine's
address isn't actually 55 (and it can't be for the 55-55-55 reset to work).
MTH PS3.0 Expanded DCC Functionality
Advanced DCC Operation:
This section of the manual provides more in-depth detail on how to set up and
configure your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine using the NMRA-standard CV's as well as
the manufacturer-specific CV's. It also explains some of the other F Functions not
covered in the Basic DCC Operation section.
Additional F Functions
F15-F16–Idle Sequence
Pressing F15, or F16 twice (toggling on then off) will trigger an Idle Sequence if the
engine is not moving. These vary from engine to engine and may include things like
checking the coal load, checking the water level, using the Alemite grease gun on the
drivers, etc. When triggered, these will run through the sequence that varies in duration.
NOTE – The engine must be sitting still in order to trigger these
F17–Extended Start-Up
If your engine is shut down or you've just applied DCC power pressing F17 twice
(toggling it on then off) will start the Extended Start-Up
sounds. This is very similar to F3 except you will hear the crew talking back and forth
about getting the engine ready to run.
F18–Extended Shut-Down
If your engine is already up and running you can play
the Extended Shut Down sounds by pressing F18 twice (toggling on then off). The
Extended Shut Down is very similar to F3 in that the engine will ultimately shut down,
but in the case of Extended Shut Down you will hear the crew talking back and forth
about how the engine ran, time schedules, etc.
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F19–Train Marker
This function will enable or disable the engine showing whether it is pulling a train or
not. Please refer to page 12 for a visual description of how the train lights will behave
by toggling F19 on/off. Enabling F19 will indicate there is no train being pulled by the
locomotive and disabling F19 will indicate there is a train being pulled by the
locomotive.
F20–German/Swiss Operation
This function will set the train's operating lighting to be one of two different ways.
Either German operation (default) or, Swiss Operation. Please refer to page 16 for a
visual description of how the train lights will behave by toggling F20 on/off.
NOTE – F19 and F20 will not operate if you have F0 disabled.
F21–One Shot Doppler
You can set your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine to simulate the actual Doppler Effect
sound a real engine makes as it passes you. To do this, press the F21 button once
(enable F21) and then listen as the engine makes that pitch shift that mimics the
Doppler Effect perfectly. Press the F21 button again (disable F21) to shut off the
Doppler Effect. With a little practice in timing and speed you can make this happen
right in front of you.
F22–Coupler Slack
When an engine hooks up and pulls a train it has to take up the coupler slack. You can
play this sound by pressing F22 twice (toggling on then off). This feature works two
ways – While the engine is sitting still, press F22 twice to enable it. Then, when you
move the engine, it will play the Coupler Slack sound.
The second way is to simply force the sound while the engine is moving. To do this,
simply press F22 twice (toggling it on then off). The sound will play.
F23–Coupler Close
To play the Coupler Close sound press the F23 button twice (toggling it on then off).
You can play this sound as you're coupling cars together to add realism.
F24–Single Whistle/Horn Blast
To play a Single Horn Blast press the F24 button twice (toggling in on then off). This
plays a single, short horn blast.
F26–Brake Sounds
Pressing the F26 button (enable F26) will disable the Brake Sounds for your engine.
The Brake Sounds occur when you reduce the speed of your engine rapidly. To enable
the Brake Sounds press the F26 button (disable F26). Brake Sounds are On by default.
F27–Cab Chatter
Cab Chatter occurs when the engine is sitting at idle. There are various times when the
crew will talk to each other when the engine is sitting at idle. Pressing the F27 button
(enable F27) will disable the Cab Chatter. Pressing the F27 button again (disable F27)
will enable Cab Chatter. Cab Chatter is On by default.
F28–Feature Reset
Resets features to default.
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Configuration Variables (CV)
Configuration Variables used on MTH PS3.0-equppied engines.
CV1
CV2
CV3
CV4
CV5
CV8
CV17
CV18
CV19
CV21
CV22
CV23
Cv24
CV25
CV29
CV52
CV53
CV54
CV55
Short Address: 1-127 are the valid addresses
Start Voltage (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Acceleration Rate (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Deceleration Rate (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Max Voltage (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
MFG ID. MTH =27. Also used for various resets.
High Byte of Extended Address
Low Byte of Extended Address
Consist Address (bit 7=1 on an engine will tell the engine it’s reversed
in a consist)
Defines active Function F1-F8 for the active consist
Defines active functions for FL and F9-F12 for the active consist
(bit 0=1 will tell an engine that you want it’s FL control to operate under
the consist address – bit1-0/bit2=1 will configure the FL control for a
reversed engine in a consist)
Consist Acceleration Rate
Consist Deceleration Adjustment
Speed Table Select
Decoder Configuration
MTH PWM Mode Configuration
MTH Acceleration (1/8 *sMPH/s). For example - a Value of 8 written
would give you 1sMPH/s acceleration
MTH Deceleration Rate (1/8*sMPH/s)
Factory Address Reset Alternate method. Send a value of 55 to CV55 on
address 55 and the model will go back to the Factory Default Address
Note: The engine address has to be something other than address 55 (see pg. 25)
CV63
CV64
CV66
CV67CV94
CV95
CV105
CV106
CV115CV170
MTH Consist Acceleration Rate (1/8*sMPH/s)
MTH Consist Deceleration Rate (1/8*sMPH/s)
Forward Trim(CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Speed Table Selection (CV29 bit 4 must be set to 1 then CV25 must be
set to 0 or 1)
Reverse Trim (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
User ID #1 – General Purpose use for customer
User ID #2 – General Purpose use for customer
MTH Function Assignments – See table of supported CV’s and manual
section on how to re-arrange them for further information
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Below is the table of Factory Default MTH supported DCC CV's. This table is specific
to the engine in the title of this manual:
Factory Default Values for MTH PS3.0 DCC
Configuration Variables (CV’s)
Default Value
CV Decimal Hex Description
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
17
18
19
21
22
23
24
25
29
52
53
54
63
64
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
105
106
115
116
3
16
0
0
0
0
0
192
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
128
64
0
0
0
0
9
19
28
38
47
57
66
76
85
94
104
113
123
132
142
151
161
170
179
189
198
208
217
227
236
246
255
0
03
10
0
0
0
0
0
C0
00
00
00
00
00
00
00
02
00
80
40
00
00
00
0
9
13
1C
26
2F
39
42
4C
55
60
68
71
7B
84
8E
97
A1
AA
B3
BD
C6
D0
D9
E3
EC
F6
FF
0
Function
Key CV Description
Short Address
Start Voltage (Cv52 bit 0 must =1)
Accel Adjustment
Decel Adjustment
Max Voltage (Cv52 bit 0 must =1)
NMRA Mfg Version
NMRA Mfg ID
Extended Address High Byte
Extended Address Low Byte
Consist Address
Consist Functions F1-F8
Consist Functions F9-F12
Consist Acceleration Adjustment
Consist Deceleration Adjustment
Speed Table Select
Decoder Configuration
MTH PWM Motor Configuration
MTH Acceleration Rate
MTH Deceleration Rate
MTH Consist Acceleration Rate
MTH Consist Deceleration Rate
Forward Trim
Alternate Speed Curve Step 1
Alternate Speed Curve Step 2
Alternate Speed Curve Step 3
Alternate Speed Curve Step 4
Alternate Speed Curve Step 5
Alternate Speed Curve Step 6
Alternate Speed Curve Step 7
Alternate Speed Curve Step 8
Alternate Speed Curve Step 9
Alternate Speed Curve Step 10
Alternate Speed Curve Step 11
Alternate Speed Curve Step 12
Alternate Speed Curve Step 13
Alternate Speed Curve Step 14
Alternate Speed Curve Step 15
Alternate Speed Curve Step 16
Alternate Speed Curve Step 17
Alternate Speed Curve Step 18
Alternate Speed Curve Step 19
Alternate Speed Curve Step 20
Alternate Speed Curve Step 21
Alternate Speed Curve Step 22
Alternate Speed Curve Step 23
Alternate Speed Curve Step 24
Alternate Speed Curve Step 25
Alternate Speed Curve Step 26
Alternate Speed Curve Step 27
Alternate Speed Curve Step 28
Reverse Trim
User ID #1
User ID #2
Function - Bell High Byte
Function - Bell Low Byte
1
1
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
128
129
130
131
132
133
134
135
136
137
138
139
140
141
142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
151
152
153
154
155
156
157
158
159
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167
168
169
170
Function
Key
Function - Horn High Byte
Function - Horn Low Byte
Function - Start-Up/Shut Down High Byte
Function - Start-Up/Shut Down Low Byte
Function - PFA High Byte
Function - PFA Low Byte
Function - Lights High Byte
Function - Lights Low Byte
Function - Master Volume High Byte
Function - Master Volume Low Byte
Function - Front Coupler High Byte
Function - Front Coupler Low Byte
Function - Rear Coupler High Byte
Function - Rear Coupler Low Byte
Function - Forward Signal High Byte
Function - Forward Signal Low Byte
Function - Reverse Signal High Byte
Function - Reverse Signal Low Byte
Function - Grade Crossing High Byte
Function - Grade Crossing Low Byte
Function - Auto Panto On/Off High Byte
Function - Auto Panto On/Off Low Byte
Function - Front Panto Up/Down High Byte
Function - Front Panto Up/Down Low Byte
Function - Rear Panto Up/Down High Byte
Function - Rear Panto Up/Down Low Byte
Function - Idle Sequence 2 High Byte
Function - Idle Sequence 2 Low Byte
Function - Idle Sequence 1 High Byte
Function - Idle Sequence 1 Low Byte
Function - Extended Start-Up High Byte
Function - Extended Start-Up Low Byte
Function - Extended Shut Down High Byte
Function - Extended Shut Down Low Byte
Function - Train Marker High Byte
Function - Train Marker Low Byte
Function - Country Selection High Byte
Function - Country Selection Low Byte
Function - One Shot Doppler High Byte
Function - One Shot Doppler Low Byte
Function - Coupler Slack High Byte
Function - Coupler Slack Low Byte
Function - Coupler Close High Byte
Function - Coupler Close Low Byte
Function - Single Horn Blast High Byte
Function - Single Horn Blast Low Byte
Function - Engine Sounds High Byte
Function - Engine Sounds Low Byte
Function - Brake Sounds On/Off High Byte
Function - Brake Sounds On/Off Low Byte
Function - Cab Chatter On/Off High Byte
Function - Cab Chatter On/Off Low Byte
Function - Feature Reset High Byte
Function - Feature Reset Low Byte
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2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
8
8
9
9
10
10
11
11
12
12
13
13
14
14
15
15
16
16
17
17
18
18
19
19
20
20
21
21
22
22
23
23
24
24
25
25
26
26
27
27
28
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User-Settable F-Function List
This feature allows you to take the 28 F-Functions that currently reside in each MTH
Proto-Sound 3.0-equipped O-Gauge Engine and change the location of that function.
For example: F4 is currently PFA and you'd like that placed down to F28 which is
Feature Reset. The below instructions explain how you can do this.
Note – When you set a particular F-Function to a numeric location you are overwriting
that existing number's function. Further, you are leaving the location where the
previous function was moved from empty, which means that F-Function no longer has
any function associated with it
In order to move the F-Functions around you will need to refer to the below table.
Note – The Function Identification number IS NOT the F Function number you'd use
on your DCC handheld. It is used internally in the engine:
Function Identification Chart
SOUNDS
Bell
Brake Sounds
Cab Chatter
Clickety Clack
Coupler Close
Coupler Slack
Drift Chuff
Engine Sounds
Forward Signal
Grade Crossing Signal
Horn
Idle Sequence 1
Idle Sequence 2
Idle Sequence 3
Idle Sequence 4
Labor Chuff
Master Volume
Short Horn
One Shot Doppler
Reverse Signal
FUNCTION
IDENTIFICATION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
SCRIPTS
Extended Shut Down
Extended Start Up
PFA
Start Up/Shut Down
Train Wreck
Trolley Manual Mode
Trolley Learn Mode
Trolley Auto Mode
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
OTHER
FUNCTIONS
Feature Reset
Front Coupler
Front Pantograph
Up/Down
Pantograph
Auto/Manual
Rear Coupler
Rear Pantograph
Up/Down
Rev Down
Rev Up
Smoke On/Off
Smoke Volume
LIGHTS
Lights
Marker (Train/No Train)
Beacon
(Alt Lighting/Country)
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FUNCTION
IDENTIFICATION
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
The above list includes ALL F functions that an MTH PS3 engine could have. You are
free to change any of the above listed items to any F function position, 1-28. For
example, if you your engine came from the factory without a smoke unit but you added
one at a later date you could swap out any of the F functions, 1-28, for the Smoke
On/Off and the Smoke Volume.
So, using the example above of moving F4 to F28 here are the steps:
1. Refer the MTH Supported CV table to see what CV the destination Function is
assigned to. In doing so, you are looking only for the Low Byte CV location. In this
case it's CV170
2. Using your DCC system, bring up CV programming for CV170
3. Now tell the engine which F-Function you want to write at CV170. So, looking at the
Function ID table above you can see that PFA is a value of 23
4. Using your DCC system, enter a value of 23 for CV170 and hit Enter. You have just
re-assigned the PFA sound to F28 on your DCC controller. The engine will give you
a two horn blast indication. Note – You've also left an empty location where PFA
used to be (F4)
5. Now you can fill that location with whichever CV you'd like. For this example we are
just going to move the Feature Reset up to F4 (we're just swapping F4 and F28)
6. Since F4's Low Byte is CV122 then bring up CV programming for CV122
7. Now tell the engine which F-Function you want to write at CV122. So, looking at the
Function ID table above you can see that Feature Reset is a value of 29
8. Using your DCC system, enter a value of 29 for CV122 and hit Enter. Your engine
will give you a two horn blast indication
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Custom Speed tables
Below is a table that shows the value to write to CV25 to achieve the desired speed
curve. For example, if you would like to use speed curve 18 then:
1. Write a value of 1 to CV52 to enable PWM Mode
2. Write a value of 1 to bit 4 of CV29
3. Write a value of 18 to CV25. Your engine will now use the speed curve #18 below
4. If you want to create your own speed table using CV's 67-94 then write a
value of 0 or 1 to CV25
Advanced Consisting
Advanced Consisting follows the NMRA standards. Any values assigned to CV's 21-24
are ignored once the consist is removed (CV19 set to 0).
Setting the MSB (Bit 7) of CV19 tells the engine that it is facing reverse in the
consist
Setting CV21 and CV22 determine which F Functions the consist responds to
See diagram below for example
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F
R
Engine 1 - Front
F
R
F
Engine 2 - Middle
R
Engine 3 - Rear
Normal Forward Direction of Travel
To set this consists up so that:
The Headlight is ON in the Front engine when going Forward, OFF when
the consist is in Reverse
The Reverse light and headlight is OFF in the Rear engine when the consist
is going Forward, headlight is ON, reverse light is OFF when the
consist is in Reverse
The Middle engine has no lights in either direction
Perform the following:
1. Build the consist using your DCC system per the DCC system's manufacturer's
instructions. In many newer systems you have the ability to tell the system which
engine is reversed. Remember the consist address you told the DCC system to be
built at as you'll need to come back to that address to actually run the consist. The
instructions assume only CV19 gets the consists address and nothing more
2. Call up the Front engine on your DCC handheld; address 1 in this example
3. Select CV22 and write a value of 1. This tells the engine that it's a forward facing
engine and that you want F0 to control the FL function at the consist address. The
engine will give you two horn blasts to announce that it received the CV change
4. Ensure F0 is deactivated at the Front engine's address. Most systems have a light bulb
icon to indicate whether F0 is active or not. Ensure that it is OFF
5. Call up the Rear engine on your DCC handheld; address 3 in this example
6. Set CV19 to 128 + the value of your consist address
- So, if your consist address is 4 you would add 128+4=132. You
would write 132 to CV19. This tells the Rear engine that it's reversed
in the consist. You will get two horn blasts to announce that it
received the CV change. Some DCC systems may already do this for
you but the instructions assume your system does not. If you are in
doubt then go ahead and follow step 5 as it will do no harm
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7. Set CV22 to a value of 2 to the Rear engine's address to tell the Rear engine that you
want to control its FL control with the F0 button at the consist address. The engine
will give you two horn blasts to announce that it received the CV change
8. Ensure F0 is deactivated at the Rear engine's address. Most systems have a light bulb
icon to indicate whether F0 is active or not. Ensure that it is OFF
9. Call up the Middle engine on your DCC handheld; address 2 in this example
10. Ensure F5 and F0 are toggled OFF. You may have to toggle F5 on/off a couple
times to get the lights in sync with the DCC command station. This will depend
upon your DCC system
11. Call up the consist address (address 4 in this example)
12. Press the F0 button to ensure the FL is toggled on. Most systems have a light bulb
icon to indicate whether F0 is active or not. Ensure that it is ON
NOTE – The convenient thing about setting up the consist as described above is that it
allows you flexibility in the orientation of an engine in a consist; particularly the head
and tail engines where the FL control is integral. For example, if you wanted to flip the
Rear engine around and make it face forward in the consist all you'd have to do is go
into the Rear engine's address (address 3 in the example) and clear bit 7 of CV19. In
other words, just write the consist's address to CV19. The FL control will automatically
understand what you've done so there is no need to go in and change CV22.
Below is a table that outlines which bits correspond to what F Functions F0, F9-F12 are
used in a consist:
Bit
7 (128)
(Decimal
Not
Value)
Used
6 (64)
Not
Used
5 (32)
4 (16)
3 (8)
2 (4)
F
Function
Not
Used
F12
F11
F10
F9
Not
Used
1 (2)
0 (1)
F0
F0
(Engine
(Engine
Facing Rev) Facing Fwd)
Setting Up CV21 for a Consist
CV21 allows you to set which F Functions you want the consist address to control. For
example, you will likely want all of your MTH consist engines to respond to StartUp/Shut Down (F3). Also, you'll likely want at your Front engine to respond to the Bell
and Horn commands (F1 and F2, respectively) and the Front Coupler (F7 on most
MTH models). Likewise, you'll want your Rear engine to respond to the Rear Coupler
command (F8 on most MTH models).
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Setting Up CV21 for a Consist
CV21 allows you to set which F Functions you want the consist address to control. For
example, you will likely want all of your MTH consist engines to respond to StartUp/Shut Down (F3). Also, you'll likely want at your Front engine to respond to the Bell
and Horn commands (F1 and F2, respectively) and the Front Coupler (F7 on most
MTH models). Likewise, you'll want your Rear engine to respond to the Rear Coupler
command (F8 on most MTH models).
Please refer to the table below to see which bits have what decimal value and which F
Function they correspond to.
To do this:
1. Call up the Front engine on your DCC system
2. To set the Front engine to respond to the Bell (F1), Horn (F2), Start-Up/Shut Down
(F3) and Front Coupler (F7) you will want to write a value of 71 to CV21. This is
setting bits 0, 1, 2, and 6 ON.
a. CV21's bits are shown in the table below – the decimal value is shown in
parenthesis:
Bit
(Decimal
Value)
7 (128)
6 (64)
5 (32)
4 (16)
3 (8)
2 (4)
1 (2)
0 (1)
F
Function
F8
F7
F6
F5
F4
F3
F2
F1
NOTE - CV21 is ONLY used when you have some value other than 0 written to
CV19. If CV19 = 0 then the values of CV21, CV22, CV23, and CV24 are not used
1. Call up your Middle engine (address 2 in the example)
2. Since you want to have the Middle engine respond to F3 only then write a value of 4
(CV21, bit 2 = ON)
3. Call up your Rear engine (address 3 in the example)
4. Since you want to have the Rear engine respond to the Start-Up/Shut Down (F3)
and Rear Coupler (F8) functions you want to write a value of 132 to CV21
Your engines are now set up according to the example above.
You will note that there is no F0 in CV21. This is because that function (FL) is
controlled by CV22. Please refer to the Advanced Consisting section for more
information regarding CV22.
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Programming Track
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine can function on Programming Track outputs from
DCC systems. Because each DCC system manufacturer's output capabilities on the
Programming Track differ it is recommended that you use a DCC Programming Track
Booster to perform functions on the programming track. Simply put – try to program
or read back the address of an MTH engine on a programming track. If you can
read/write the address then you won't need a Programming Track Booster. If your
DCC system can't read/write then you will likely need a Programming Track booster.
There are a few different manufacturers of these boosters. Your local dealer can
provide you with more information on these boosters. MTH has used the DCC
Specialties Power Pax with some success.
NOTE – An alternative to writing on a Programming Track is to simply Program on
the Main (PoM). MTH engines support PoM to write any CV on the main. However,
read back is not supported on the main. Check with your DCC system's manufacturer
to see about any limitations they may have to PoM.
DCC Bit Value Decoder
Example Value (bit 7 -> bit 0) 11011001
Bit
(Decimal
Value)
7 (128)
6 (64)
5 (32)
4 (16)
3 (8)
2 (4)
1 (2)
0 (1)
Binary
Example
1 (on)
1 (on)
0 (off)
1 (on)
1 (on)
0 (off)
0 (off)
1 (on)
Decimal
Value
128
64
0
16
8
0
0
1
So, in the above example you simply add up the values in the “Decimal Value” row –
128+64+0+16+8 +0+0+1 = 217. You would write 217 to the CV you were altering.
The above applies to any CV. Also, if you have a CV that already has a value assigned
that you do not want to alter but need to make additions to it, for example CV29, you
would simply add the additional bits you enabled to the existing value to obtain the new
CV value.
For example, if you had a consist address (CV19) set to 5 and you wanted to alter this
to show an engine reversed in the consist you would need to set bit 7 (decimal value =
128) for the engine you want to reverse. To do this - take 128 (the new bit you want to
set) + 5 (the existing bit that you do not want to alter) = 133. You would then write a
value of 133 to CV19.
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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 on each pivot point.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Body Mount Screws
Motor Mounting Screw
Figure 9: Body Removal Screw Locations and Motor Mounting Screws
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 motor/gear box, remove the cab from the chassis by unscrewing the
body mount screws as seen in Figure 9 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. 9).
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. Rotating the flywheel by hand will help separate the motor from the
gearbox.
4. Reassemble the truck and motor, being careful not to pinch any wires between the
truck block and motor mount. Rotating the flywheel in the opposite direction of the
removal will help properly seat the motor in the gearbox and make it easier to re-insert
the motor mount screw.
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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.
Lubricate the outside truck block idler and drive gears with grease. Use the diagram
shown in Figure 10 below as a guide and add grease to the points marked.
Grease Idler Gears (G)
Figure 10: 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 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.
Truck Side Screws
Figure 11: Truck Side Screws
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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, they may occasionally need
replacement.
First, remove the truck sides from the truck block by unscrewing the mounting screws
as noted in Figure 11.
Once the truck sides have been removed:
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 will not seat inside the groove properly.
5. Reassemble in the reverse order.
Headlight Replacement Instructions
The PS 3.0 headlights and other associated lights are small LEDs that require a lot less
power and generate a lot less heat than incandescent bulbs, resulting in extremely long
life compared to the incandescent bulbs. The LEDs are not user serviceable
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 3.0 Problems
Although Proto-Sound® 3.0 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: 410-423-0009; service@mth-railking.com,
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Conventional AC
Starting Up
Solution
Only my headlight comes on, nothing
else.
This is normal behavior. The super capacitors
are charging and this will take between 1-20
seconds. (see page 9 for more details)
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® 3.0 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 to power the engine. Rotate throttle
Direction button.
clockwise to increase track power.
Check that you have the Panto/Track switch in
the correct position for your operating
environment
Horn
Solution
I can't get the horn to blow when I press
the Horn button.
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.
Bell
Solution
I can't get the bell to ring when I press
the bell button.
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.
Coupler
Solution
When I try to fire the coupler, PFA starts. You are waiting too long between Horn button
presses. See the timing instructions located
at the beginning of the "Proto-Sound 3.0
Operating Instructions" section.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle and rivet
The Proto-Coupler won't let the engine
with a dry graphite lubricant.
uncouple on the fly.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe with
The coupler does not fire or stay
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and
coupled.
let dry.
Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds
don't play.
Solution
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at random
intervals.
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Lock-out
Solution
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.
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).
Volume
Solution
The sounds seem distorted, especially
when the Horn or bell is activated.
No Sound
PFA
Proto-Sound® 3.0 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.
Solution
Once in PFA, the engine doesn’t go into
reverse.
When the PFA enters its last sequence
the bell automatically comes on
When PFA 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
PFA after fourth press of the direction
button.
So that PFA effects can be as realistic as
possible, Proto-Sound® 3.0 disables the
reversing unit whenever PFA is enabled.
This way the engine remains still at its stop
as the operator cycles through the PFA
sequences.
PFA is programmed to start ringing the bell at
that point. After approximately 12 seconds, it
will automatically turn off.
Because PFA must control various effects in
each sequence, Proto-Sound® 3.0 takes
control of these sound effects until you exit
PFA
Each PFA clip must play for aprox. 30
seconds before PFA will advance to the next
step in the PFA cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each PFA sound clip before
pressing the direction button.
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Conventional DC
Start-up
Solution
When I apply power to the track my
engine doesn't do anything. No lights,
no sound, no nothing.
Check to see if that section of track has
power. Use a voltmeter or a lit passenger car.
Slide the engine a couple of feet in either
direction, you may have a bad track section
Have you got that section electrically isolated
with a toggle switch or other device?
Check that you have the Panto/Track switch in
the correct position for your operating
environment
Sound
Solution
I have no sound from my engine, but
my lights are on and it moves just fine.
Check the volume pot on your tender. Full CW
= Max volume
There's a crackling sound from my
engine
Check to see if a screw or some other
material hasn't lodged itself in the underside
of the chassis or tender
Make sure smoke volume pot is turned full
CW
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Lights
Solution
One of my lights is out.
Most likely you had been running the engine
in DCC or DCS mode and toggled that light
off. Put it back into one of those modes and
turn that light back on. The engine will
remember that when you run it again in
Conventional DC.
Could be the same reason as “One of my
lights is out”
None of my lights are on.
Is the engine getting power? Check to see if
there if voltage on the track or move the
engine a few feet in either direction.
The Country or train/No Train Lighting is Perform a Feature Reset on the engine to get
incorrect
the lighting back to its out-of-the-box defaults.
Motion
Solution
When I apply power to the track my
Lower the track voltage then raise it again.
engine starts up (lights and sound) but it The engine should start moving. If you apply
greater than 9VDC quickly the engine will just
won't move
sit there. Lowering it below 9VDC then raising
it will get the engine moving.
My engine hesitates at slow speeds.
An engine may do this right out of the box if it
has not been lubricated. Follow the lubrication
instructions. Now go ahead and run it.
New engines even after they are lubricated
may take a little bit to get everything run in. Be
a little patient and let it run for a bit. It should
clear up shortly after lubricating and running.
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DCC
Start-up
Solution
When I apply power to the track my
Did you press F3 yet? F3 on your DCC
engine doesn’t do anything. No lights, no handheld will start your engine up.
sound.
Check to see if that section of track has
power. Use a voltmeter or a lit passenger car,
not your tongue.
Slide the engine a couple of feet in either
direction, you may have a bad track section.
Have you got that section electrically isolated
with a toggle switch or other device?
Check that you have the Panto/Track switch in
the correct position for your operating
environment
Sound
Solution
I have no sound on my engine, but my
lights are on and it moves just fine.
You may have it turned off. Repeatedly press
F6 to cycle through the volume levels (there
are 9 levels, 0-max).
There's a crackling sound from my
Check to see if a screw or some other
engine.
material has lodged itself in the underside of
the engine.
When I run Doppler I can hear the
This is normal. You will need to press the F21
Doppler shift but then the engine sounds button again to turn Doppler off. Your engine
sounds will now return to normal.
fade out and I can’t get them back.
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Lights
Solution
Check your F keys. F0 is the headlight (also
controls the Back-up light) and F5 will toggle
the Cab light and firebox light. F19 and F 20
will also toggle Train/No Train & Train
Operation.
Could be the same reason as “One of my
lights is out”
One of my lights is out.
None of my lights are on.
Check the state of F-Functions F19 and F20
or issue a Feature Reset using F28
Is the engine getting power? Check to see if
there is voltage on the track or move the
engine a few feet in either direction.
The Country or Train/No Train Lighting is Check the status of F19 and/or F20. F19
incorrect.
and/or F20 may be set. To set F19/F20 back
to default, enable F28 (Feature Reset). See
page 27 for more information on F19 and F20.
Motion
Solution
When I apply power and hit F3, my
engine powers up but it won’t move.
This is normal, dial up the speed on your DCC
controller to make your engine move.
My engine hesitates at slow speeds.
An engine may do this right out of the box if it
has not been lubricated. Follow the lubrication
instructions. Now go ahead and run it.
New engines even after they are lubricated
may take a little bit to get everything run in. Be
a little patient and let it run for a bit. It should
clear up shortly after lubricating and running.
PFA
Solution
I hit F4 to start the PFA but the engine
just keeps ringing its bell, that’s all it’ll
do.
Why does my engine run away all by
itself after the PFA is over?
Shut Down
Okay, I give up. What do I have to do to
shut it down?
Lost or Unknown Address
I can't call up my engine on the address
I believe it to be set at
Bring the engine speed to 0. You will now hear
the station arrival sounds (pretty cool, huh?).
Pressing F4 will cycle through the PFA
sequence (check out the PFA section of the
manual for more)
This is normal. The engine will leave the
station at the same speed it entered (when
you hit F4 the first time). You can not control
the speed of your engine while it’s leaving the
station until the bell stops ringing.
Solution
Well, you can either remove power from
the track or press F3 again.
Solution
Perform the 55-55-55 Reset instructions
on page 25
If you are trying to talk to an engine on its
short address you may have set CV29 to
activate long addressing. Try to get a hold of
the engine on its last known long address
Place the engine on the Programming Track
output on your DCC system and write a value
of 3 to CV1
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DCS (Remember, it's NOT DCC)
Start-up
Solution
This is normal. You have to hit the Start-Up
When I apply power to the track my
engine doesn't do anything. No lights, no button.
sound, nothing.
Check to see if that section of track has
power. Use a voltmeter or a lit passenger car,
not your tongue.
I get an error when I hit Start-Up
DCS is polarity sensitive when powered
by a DC power supply.
Slide the engine a couple of feet in either
direction, you may have a bad track section
Have you got that section electrically isolated
with a toggle switch or other device?
Have you recently changed the engine
address?
Check if there is power on that section of
track the engine is sitting on (there has to be
power for the signal to get to the engine and
for the engine to be able to hear it)
Check the polarity of the DC power supply
connected to the Fixed 1 or Fixed 2 Inputs.
Shut down power, reverse the inputs and
repower DCS. Hitting the startup button on
the DCS remote should start up the engine.
If you have two engines on the track they
both may have the same address. Take one
of them off the rails and try it again
Check that you have the Panto/Track switch
in the correct position for your operating
environment
Sound
Solution
When I press the Whistle Button on my
DCS remote or DCS commander the
whistle doesn't blow
Check if the playable whistle is active. On the
DCS Commander there will be two dashes on
the right side of the LCD if it's active. Press
“A1” twice to ensure it's turned off. On your
DCS remote press the “SPW” button twice to
ensure it's disabled
I have no sound on my engine, but my
lights are on and it moves just fine
You may have it turned off. Repeatedly press
VOL + to bring the Master Volume up
There's a crackling sound from my
engine
When I run Doppler I can hear the
Doppler shift but then the engine
sounds fade out and I can't get them
back
Did you turn off the ENG Sounds? Press the
ENG SND button on your DCS controller.
Check that you haven't lowered any of the
independent engine volumes (Eng Sounds,
Bell, Whistle, or Accent)
Check to see if a screw or some other material
has lodged itself in the underside of the
engine.
This is normal. You will need to press the
Doppler button again to turn Doppler off. Your
engine sounds will now return to normal
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Lights
Solution
One of my lights is out.
Check that you haven't turned it off with the
DCS controller. You have independent control
over lights on your engine
None of my lights are on.
Could be the same reason as “One of my
lights is out”
Is the engine getting power? Check to see if
there is voltage on the track or move the
engine a few feet in either direction.
The Country or Train/No Train Lighting is To set F19/F20 back to default, enable F28
(Feature Reset). See page 27 for more
incorrect.
information on F19 and F20.
Motion
Solution
When I apply power and hit Start-up, my This is normal, dial up the speed on your DCS
engine powers up but it won’t move.
Remote to make your engine move.
My engine hesitates at slow speeds.
An engine may do this right out of the box if it
has not been lubricated. Follow the lubrication
instructions. Now go ahead and run it.
New engines even after they are lubricated
may take a little bit to get everything run in. Be
a little patient and let it run for a bit. It should
clear up shortly after lubricating and running.
PFA
Solution
When I enter PFA all that happens is the Press the DIR button. Your engine will stop
and begins the arrival sequence. Pressing the
bell rings. What do I do?
DIR button will cycle you through the next 3
PFA sequences
Why does my engine run away all by
itself after the PFA is over?
Shut Down
Okay, I give up. What do I have to do to
shut it down?
Lost or Unknown Address
I can't call up my engine on the address
I believe it to be set at
This is normal. The engine will leave the
station at the same speed it entered (when hit
the PFA button). The speed setting can be
changed after the bell stops ringing.
Solution
Well, you can either remove power from
the track or press or press Shut-Down.
Button on the DCS Remote
Solution
Delete the engine from your DCS remote,
and attempt to re-add it.
On the DCS Remote, hit Menu System
Engine Setup Recover Engine
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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Proto-Sound® 3.0 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
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
MTH Z-1000
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
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
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DC Power Supply Chart
RECOMMENDED DC TRANSFORMERS
Transformer
Model
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Notes On Use
Transformer
Type
Not Recommended For #70-3001-1 J3a
Electronic
MRC 6200
0-18.5v
60-Watt
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
Magnum 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
Not recommended for #70-3001-1 J3a
Electronic
FOR ANALOG DC OPERATION ONLY
18VDC on
Crest CRE-55460
Power Supply w/ Supply, 0-18VDC
CRE-55401 Controller at Controller
180-Watt
Controller has PWM Output
from Fixed DC Input
DO NOT Use with the DCS System (TIU)
Electronic
PWM Output from this power supply
Will DAMAGE the TIU
* Use 22 volts maximum track voltage when operating a MTH locomotive equipped with
Proto-Sound, Loco-Sound, Proto-Sound 2.0 or Proto-Sound 3.0
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Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System
(Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound® 3.0 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 and
Proto-Sound® 3.0 engines but does not turn off the input power to the TIU
•One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all
DCS-controlled locomotives' sounds
•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,
and Accent Sounds for each Locomotive
•Control up to 99 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 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.mthtrains.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 service. A list of NASC
retailers can be located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling 410-381-2580. 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 www.mthtrains.com to identify an M.T.H. Retailer near you.
You can register your warranty online at www.mthtrains.com/warranty.
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, replace, or credit (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 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