Rail King 2-8-0 Steam Freight Set Operator`s manual

2-8-0 Steam Freight Set
2-8-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set
OPERATOR’S MANUAL (3VPS2)
Thank you for purchasing this RailKing product.
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Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Assembling RealTrax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connecting the Transformer and Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connecting the Transformer and IR Lock-on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Lubricating the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Priming the Smoke Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Coupling the Engine and Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Checking the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Basic Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Controller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Operation Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
IR Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Manual Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)/Passenger Station Announcement (PSA). . . . 10
Tips on Using FYS/PSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Proto-Coupler® Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Lock into a Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Reset to Factory Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Automatic Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Care of the Remote Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Cleaning the Wheels, Tires and Track. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Traction Tire Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Proto-Smoke® Unit Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Passenger Car Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Caboose Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Self-Charging Battery Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
RailWare Interactive CD ROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Transformer Compatibility Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Additional Features with DCS Remote Control System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Service and Warranty Information
CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult supervision with children ages 10 - 16.
As with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric
shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the hobby transformer and other electronic equipment
periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary
cord, plug blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist, the train set should not be used until
properly repaired.
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Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
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This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
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Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
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The transformer was designed to operate on regular US household current (120 volt, 50-60 Hertz). Do not connect to any other
source of power.
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To avoid the risk of electrical shock, do not disassemble the transformer unit. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. If the
unit is damaged contact M.T.H. Service for instructions.
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The transformer is equipped with an internal circuit protector. If the circuit protector trips, unplug the power cord from the
electrical wall outlet, check your layout for any short circuits. The circuit breaker will reset automatically when the short is
removed from the circuit.
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Unplug the transformer from the electrical wall outlet when not in use.
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Do not use this transformer for other than its intended purpose.
Transformer Ratings:
Input: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Only, Output: 14VAC, 80W or 18VAC, 100W
This product may be protected by one or more of the following patents: 6,019,289; 6,280,278; 6,281,606;
6,291,263; 6,457,681; 6,491,263; 6,604,641; 6,619,594; 6,624,537; 6,655,640.
©2005, M.T.H. Electric Trains, Columbia, MD 21046
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RailKing 2-8-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 2.0
Set Up Checklist
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Assemble RealTrax® and Lock-on
Connect the transformer
Lubricate the engine
Priming the Smoke Unit
Place the engine and cars on the track and couple them together
Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operation section of these
instructions.
Set Includes
Steam Engine with Proto-Sound® 2.0
Steam Tender
8-Pieces
O-31 Curve RealTrax
3 Freight Cars or 3 Passenger Cars
(Cars shown are for example only. Your set may contain different cars.)
Z-Controller System
or:
4-Pieces
Straight RealTrax
CD-Rom/DVD
IR System
Z Controller and
Transformer
Lighted Lock-On
Wire set
Lock-On
Remote Control
Tools Needed
Pliers
Philips Screwdriver
Scissors
Cotton Swab or Rag
RailKing Maintenance Kit or
Light Household Oil and Bearing Grease
You can obtain replacement parts and replacement instructions from the
M.T.H. Parts Department
e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com
phone: 410-381-2580
mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532
RailKing 2-8-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 2.0
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Getting Started
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Assembling RealTrax
The quick connectors and built-in roadbed allow you to set up RealTrax anywhere,
including carpeted surfaces.
STEP
1
Knock-out must be removed
before remote lock-on can
be installed
STEP
2
Remove knock-out from
outer edge of track by
holding and twisting up
with a pair of pliers
STEP
3
Insert lock-on into
knock-out tab
(Lock-on is the interface between
the track and transformer)
REMOVE TAB
FROM OUTER EDGE
STEP
4
Make sure the metal
contacts line up.
STEP
5
STEP
Align Quick
Connect Plugs
6
Gently push together RealTrax
Connecting the Transformer and Controller
The transformer included with this set provides an easy-to-use, safe power source for ACpowered trains and accessories.
To complete the connection between the track and the transformer, simply plug in the
color-coded wire harness that was included in your set and plug the transformer into your
wall outlet.
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Plug the wire from the transformer into the Z-Controller’s center port.
Connect the Wires from the Z-Controller to the Lighted Lock-On, being sure that the
wires are connected from red-to-red and black-to-black.
Unplug when not in use.
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
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Black Harness
Wire/Plug
Black Harness
Wire/Plug
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Connecting the Transformer and IR Lock-on
!
Plug the wire from the transformer into the remote lock-on's center port, then plug
the transformer into the wall outlet.
!
Unplug when not in use.
Remote Control
The remote and lock-on are designed for use with moderate power supplies such as the one
included with this set. It is compatible with virtually any manufacturer's engines.
STEP
STEP
1
STEP Aim remote control at the
2
3
rounded side of the lock-on
sensor to send track. Lockon sensor can be rotated to the
direction you will most often
signal.
Remove phillips screw with
screwdriver on back of remote.
Insert two AA batteries (not
included) into the remote.
STEP
STEP
4
Green LED flashing
indicates lock-on is
receiving signals from
remote.
5
Controls trains from
up to 15 feet from
the lock-on.
Note: The RailKing® Remote Control and Remote Lock-on will not operate engines equipped
with pre-1997 versions of Proto-Sound® or with Proto-One,™ Proto-Plus,™ Proto-Deluxe,™
aftermarket systems.
RailKing 2-8-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Loco-Sound™
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Lubricating the Engine
Lubricate all exposed moving parts before operating using a multi-purpose,
plastic-compatible oil (available with M.T.H.'s Maintenance Kit, sold
separately) or a light household oil. Follow the lubrication points.
Lubricate Valve Gear
Lubricate Pick-Up Rollers
(Do Not Oil the Flat Part of
Pick-Up Rollers)
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Side Rods
Priming the Smoke Unit
Add 15-20 Drops
Smoke Fluid
You should prime the smoke unit with smoke fluid before
operating. Add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid from the
included pipette through the smokestack, then gently blow
into the stack to eliminate any air bubbles in the fluid.
If you choose not to prime the unit with fluid, turn the
smoke unit switch located under the tender to the OFF
position. Running the engine without a primed smoke
unit may cause damage. See the "ProtoSmoke Unit
Operation" section of this book for more information
on smoke unit maintenance.
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Smoke Unit
ON/OFF Switch
Coupling the Engine and Cars
STEP
1
Position
armiture
for proper
operation
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Incorrect
Position
STEP
2
Place the engine and cars
on the track.
Open couplers by
pressing down on plunger.
STEP
3
Push cars together to
couple.
RailKing 2-8-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 2.0
DO NOT CONNECT
This Engine To A
Tender From
Another Engine; It May
Cause Serious Damage.
! Plug tender plug into boiler socket at the back of cab.
! Connect the draw bar between the engine and tender.
Look at the bottom of the
engine and tender where
each will have a color-coded
stamp. If they match you
may connect those two
pieces; if not, don't.
Checking the Battery
You may find, if your set was built several months before you set it up, that the
rechargeable battery has run down and needs to be charged before operating. If you
notice that the sounds are garbled, test and charge the engine as described in the "SelfCharging Battery Back-Up" on page 16.
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Basic Operation
Controller
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel.
! Turn the throttle knob up ½-way, until the engine and caboose lights shine bright.
! Put the engine into motion by pressing the Direction button on your transformer
once. (hold it for approximately 1 second)
If the engine does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction button,
you may not have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move. Turn the
throttle up a bit higher until the train begins to move.
Operation Buttons
Throttle To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the
throttle control knob. Turning it clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning
it counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. The engine will maintain the speed
you set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to change the voltage and
speed.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The horn
will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will stop when you
release the button.
Bell - To sound the bell, firmly press the bell button. The bell sound will continue until
the bell button is firmly pressed a second time.
Direction Your train is programmed to start in neutral. The
train will always cycle neutral-forward-neutral-reverse with
each press and release of the direction button. The engine is
programmed to restart in neutral each time the track voltage
is turned off for 25 seconds or more.
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IR Remote Control
Throttle Up Throttle up the power to your track by pressing the top end of the Throttle
Control Rocker Switch firmly for about 5 seconds, until the engine's headlight and
lighted cars burn bright. Then put the engine into motion by firmly pressing the
Direction button (hold it for approximately 1 second) on your remote once. If the engine
does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction button, you may not
have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move. Press the throttle up for a
few more seconds until the train begins to move.
To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, press the throttle control
rocker switch. Pressing the top end of the throttle will increase voltage and speed.
Pressing the bottom end of the throttle will decrease voltage and speed.
The engine will maintain the speed you set after you release the throttle until you press it
again to change the voltage and speed.
Bell - To sound the 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.
Emergency Stop Press the
Emergency Stop button and all
trains on the track controlled by
the remote will stop until you
reapply voltage. This is an easy
way to shut down your trains at
the end of a session or to stop
suddenly if the train's path
becomes obstructed.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the horn,
firmly press the Horn/Whistle
button. The horn will sound for as
long as you continue to depress the
button. It will stop when you
release the button.
Throttle
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
Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this
engine, turn the master volume control knob located
under the tender clockwise to increase the volume
and counter-clockwise to decrease the volume.
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Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in conventional
mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode features accompany the
DCS Remote Control System equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features:
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and Whistle button pushes
described below. Please read the full descriptions of each feature before using it. To use
these buttons to activate features rather than to blow the whistle or ring the bell, you
should tap the buttons very quickly with a ½-second pause between button presses. You
may need to practice your timing to make this work smoothly.
Timing Chart
Press
Whistle
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Feature to Be Activated
Button Code:
Freight Yard or Passenger Station Sounds
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Reset to Factory Defaults
1 Bell, 2 Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Whistless
1 Whistle, 2 Bells (from Neutral only)
1 Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Whistle, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) or
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA):
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of either freight yard or passenger station
sounds that you can play. Each sequence described below will play as long as it is left
on, randomly generating sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds
between the button pushes described below to allow the FYS/PSA sufficient time to
run through each sequence.
!
To cue the sound system to play the FYS/PSA, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick taps of the Whistle button while the engine is moving.
Tap the buttons quickly but allow approximately ½ second between each press.
!
Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first
sequence of FYS/PSA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will
not move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound 2.0
has disabled operator control over the Whistle and Bell buttons until the full
FYS/PSA sequence is complete.
!
After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction button
again to trigger the second sequence of FYS/PSA.
!
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third
FYS/PSA sequence.
!
Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS/PSA sequence. The
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FYS/PSA will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move
out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling
when you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control
of the transformer's Bell and Whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow the
whistle as usual.
Bell
Whistle
Whistle
Sound System Cued to Play
Freight Yard or Passenger
Station Sounds (FYS)/(PSA)
+
Direction
1st
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
2nd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
3rd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
4th
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS/PSA
! You can terminate FYS/PSA at any time by turning off power to the track for
15 seconds.
! You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS/PSA. At the conclusion of the
full sequence, the train will pull away from the station in whatever direction
you were going when you activated the feature.
! You can use FYS/PSA even if you are double-heading with another engine. If
the second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0, you must remember
not to leave the throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the
engine to run the FYS/PSA. Otherwise, the engine without FYS/PSA will
begin vibrating on the track as its motors strain to move the train, since they
cannot be automatically disabled during the FYS/PSA cycle (or if an original
Proto-Sound engine, FYS/PSA are triggered differently and that engine's
motor-disable feature will not be active when you run FYS/PSA in ProtoSound 2.0).
! FYS/PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if
triggered while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS/PSA, the
engine will depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it
was traveling before entering Neutral.
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Proto-Coupler Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote
uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the Proto-Sound 2.0
microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section or modification to your
layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or while in motion. Use the code
shown below (and in the chart on page 8) 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 Whistle button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be
released.
Fire
Bell
Whistle
Whistle
Whistle
Rear
= Coupler
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the Whistle button, allowing approximately ½ second to
lapse between each quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will
play, and the knuckle will be released.
Fire
Bell
Whistle
Whistle
Whistle
Whistle
Front
= Coupler
Speed Control:
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that allow
the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around curves, much
like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the run, and the engine
will maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can
opt to turn it off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase
as it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on the
run. Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when speed
control is on than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower power level for
operation with speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments. When speed control is
off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
transformer's whistle button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times, allowing
approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Repeat the 1 whistle,
2 bells code to return it to the other condition. You will want to do this during the initial
neutral upon start-up if you ever couple this engine to another engine that is not equipped
with speed control to avoid damaging the motors in either engine. Each time you shut
down the engine completely, it will automatically turn speed control on.
Place
Engine into
Neutral
Whistle
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Lock into a Direction:
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it will not
change directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want (or into neutral
to lock it into neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it will move without
halting), and quickly but firmly tap the Whistle button once followed by three quick taps
of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. Two whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change. The engine
will not change direction (including going into neutral) until you repeat the 1 whistle, 3
bells code to return the engine to its normal condition, even if the engine is kept without
power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
whistle
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Whistle
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Reset to Factory Defaults:
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its
factory defaults, while in Neutral tap the Whistle button quickly once, followed by five
quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each
quick button press. Two whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Whistle
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sounds:
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed conventional
mode conditions:
! Squealing Brakes play any time the engine's speed decreases rapidly.
! Cab Chatter plays at random intervals when the engine idles in neutral.
! Engine Start-up and Shut-down sounds play when the engine is initially powered
on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
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Maintenance
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Care of the Remote Control
To ensure trouble-free operation:
!
Do not drop the remote. It can damage the delicate electronics inside.
!
Remove batteries before storing for extended periods.
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Any attempt by anyone other than an authorized M.T.H. repair person to
open and repair the handheld transmitter or lock-on may result in
damage and the loss of warranty protection.
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If your train responds inconsistently, replace old batteries with fresh ones. Do not
mix old and new batteries.
Lubrication Instructions
The engine should be oiled and greased in order to run properly.
Regularly lubricate all side rods and linkage components and pickup rollers to prevent
squeaking. Use light household oil, such as that found in M.T.H.'s maintenance kit. Do
not over oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate Valve Gear
Lubricate Pick-Up Rollers
(Do Not Oil the Flat Part of
Pick-Up Rollers)
Lubricate Side Rods
Greasing Instructions
The locomotive's internal gearing was greased at the factory. Grease engine every 50
hours of use or one year. Use a lithium based grease and follow the greasing instructions.
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Remove the screw from the chassis to open
the grease port.
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Insert the grease tube tip into the port and
squeeze the tube once or twice to add grease
to the gearbox.
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Wipe off any excess grease and replace the
phillips screw securely.
Cleaning the Wheels, Tires and Track
Periodically check the locomotive wheels and pickups
for dirt and buildup, which can cause poor electrical
contact and traction and prematurely wear out the
neoprene traction tires. Wheels and tires can be cleaned
using denatured (not rubbing) alcohol applied with a
cotton swab
To clean the track, use a clean rag and RailKing Track
Cleaning Fluid or denatured (not rubbing) alcohol.
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Unplug the transformer and wipe the rails of the track, turning the rag frequently to
ensure that you are using clean cloth on the rails. Because the manufacturing process
leaves a coating on RealTrax center rail, you should clean the rails after the first 30
minutes of use (you may notice an electrical smell during initial use as the coating wears
off; this is normal). Thereafter, keep an eye on the track and clean it when it gets dirty to
ensure good electrical contact and to lengthen the life of the tires.
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on the rear set of
flanged drivers. While these tires are extremely durable, they may occasionally need to
be replaced.
STEP
1
! Remove the side rods (the rods that connect each drive wheel to the other) from
the wheels in order to slip the new tire over the grooved drive wheel. These bolts
can be loosened with a 5mm nutdriver.
! Clean the groove using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol.
STEP
2
! 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.
! Clean the groove using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol.
! 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.
! 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.
! Make sure the tire is fully seated inside the groove. Use a razor blade to trim away
any excess tire that doesn't seat itself inside the groove properly.
ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
This steam locomotive contains a smoke unit that outputs smoke
through the smokestack on the boiler of the engine. The smoke
unit is essentially a small heating element and wick that soaks up
and then heats a mineral oil-based fluid that emits a harmless
smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack by a small
electric fan.
Add 15-20 Drops
Smoke Fluid
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy troublefree smoke unit operation for years.
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When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of
smoke fluid through the smokestack. We recommend
M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS fluids (a
small pipette of ProtoSmoke fluid is included). Do not
overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the
interior engine components.
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added
the fluid but choose to run smoke-free), turn off the
smoke unit switch located under the tender body.
Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to turn it off
may damage the smoke unit heating element and/or
wicking material.
When the smoke output while running the engine
begins to diminish, add another 10-15 drops of smoke
fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
Smoke Unit
ON/OFF Switch
Smoke Unit Cover
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When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to
add about 15 drops of fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of
fluid, letting the wick soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to
operation.
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Wick in
Poor
Condition
Wick in
Good
Condition
If you experience poor or no smoke output when the smoke unit is on and has fluid,
check the wick to see if it has become hard, blackened, and unabsorbent around the
heating element. Remove the boiler as shown below. Remove the smoke unit inspection
cover from the locomotive's body (see right). After removing the chassis and inspection
cover screws, lift the inspection plate away and inspect the wick. If it is darkly
discolored and hard, it should be replaced. When priming new wick add 40 drops.
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the light bulb in the locomotive, follow the boiler removal instructions below.
STEP
1
STEP
2
Remove the four Phillips screws from the chassis then lift the body away from the chassis.
Once the locomotive boiler has been removed
from its chassis, locate the bulb bracket as seen in
the illustration on the right and rotate the
headlight bulb counter-clockwise to remove.
Replace Headlight Bulb
Passenger Car Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the interior light bulbs follow these instructions and see the diagrams
below:
1. Turn the car over and remove the two mounting screws holding the roof on.
2. Turn the car back over and gently lift the car roof away from the body and
chassis. You may need to twist the car a little to make to roof come loose from
the body.
3. Gently pull the bulb away from its housing and push the replacement bulb
into the housing (like a Christmas tree light).
4. Reassemble in reverse order.
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Caboose Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the interior light bulbs follow these instructions and see the diagrams below
You can obtain replacement bulbs directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
STEP
STEP
1
2
Lower the chassis from the
shell, taking care not to pull
the wires out.
Remove the four (4)
screws located under
the caboose's trucks.
STEP
3
End
Frame
Step Platform
Carefully loosen the
end frames on both
ends from the step
platform.
Then grasp the end
frame by the bottom
and pivot outward 5
degrees. Remove
the step platforms
from both ends.
STEP
4
Lower the
chassis from
the shell,
taking care not
to pull the
wires out.
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STEP
5
Replace a Bayonet Bulb by turning and
pushing up, pulling the bulb from its
socket.
Bayonet Bulb
(Part #CI-0000015)
1
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Self-Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad 2.4v self-charging battery pack recharges continuously during train
operation and should last for up to five years. The battery is a dry battery that should not
leak or cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your engine was
built, it may need to be charged right out of the box. If engine sounds seem distorted
or garbled at low voltages or become silent when power from the transformer is turned
off, test the battery to determine whether it should be recharged or replaced.
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Test: Put the engine in neutral and leave the track voltage at 10-12 volts (high
enough for the lights to shine brightly and the engine to move steadily) for 15
minutes.
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Recharge: If the sounds are improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, the
battery charge has run down and can be recharged. There are a number of ways you
can do this:
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Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts for 6-7hours so
the battery can fully recharge (if your engine has a smoke unit, be sure it is
turned off).
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Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (sold separately) that plugs into a wall outlet and
a special port under the tender to recharge the battery overnight without leaving
it on the track (see Figure 2).
! Replace: If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, it is
time to replace the battery. Available through M.T.H. Parts. See parts list in this
manual, or on M.T.H.’s website www.railking.com.
Remove tender shell screws (Figure 1) and remove shell from chassis. Remove battery
as shown in Figure 3. Install new battery and reassemble shell to tender chassis.
Tender shell screws
Tender shell screws
Figure 1
Figure 1
AC Battery Recharging Jack
Figure 3
Unhook wires, Remove
and Replace Battery
Figure 2
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Quick-Start DVD
The included Quick-Start DVD demonstrates the start-up and basic operation of this set
as well as other information about model railroading. You may find it helpful to view the
DVD before operating this set.
RailWare Interactive CD ROM
M.T.H. provides a free RailWare CD ROM in each Ready-To-Run set. It is full of helpful
information on M.T.H. product history, track planning software, a dealer finder, and
information and video clips on Loco-Sound and Proto-Sound 2.0. Follow the directions
below to use the CD ROM.
Minimum System Requirements: Pentium 100, 16MB RAM, Windows 95 or later, CD
ROM drive, Sound Card, display properties set to greater than 256 colors. The CD will
not work on a Mac OS unless you run VirtualPC®.
Running RR-Track Software
You may run the RR-Track software directly off of the CD ROM or you may install the
software to your hard drive.
1. On the Desktop, click on the icon that says My Computer.
2. Find your CD ROM drive.
3. With the M.T.H. CD ROM in the drive, double click on the icon for the CD ROM
drive.
4. Find the folder on the CD ROM entitled INSTALLATION.
5. Choose the folder inside entitled RRTRAXSETUP.
6. Run the file in that folder called SETUP.EXE and follow the directions it provides.
The program may ask you for a registration code. If it does type in "M.T.H." and it will
run.
Additional track libraries can be obtained directly from RR-Track. See their website for
more information www.rrtrack.com.
Installing Adobe Acrobat Software
To read some of the electronic documents included on the CD ROM, you will need to
install the Adobe Acrobat Reader® if it is not already on your computer. To install the
software:
1. On the Desktop, click on the icon that says My Computer.
2. Find your CD ROM drive.
3. With the MTH CD ROM in the drive, double click on the icon for the CD ROM
drive.
4. Find the folder on the CD ROM entitled INSTALLATION.
5. Choose the folder inside entitled ACROBAT READER.
*If you are running Windows 95, 98 or NT choose the folder 32 BIT. Run the file
AR32E301.EXE and follow the directions it provides.
If you have problems you cannot resolve by using these directions, contact
custserv@mth-railking.com or call 410-381-2580 for further help.
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®
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound 2.0 Problems
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use, you may
have some questions during initial operation. The following table should answer most
questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this table, contact M.T.H. for
assistance (e-mail: service@mth-railking.com; telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-4230009; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Starting Up
Remedy
When I first turn the power on, the engine
will not begin to run.
This is normal behavior. To prevent accidental
high-speed start-ups, Proto-Sound 2.0 is
programmed to start up in neutral anytime track
power has been turned off for several seconds. See
the "Basic Operation" section for more details.
You may not be sending enough power to the track
The engine will not start after I press the
to power the engine. Press the throttle up for a few
Direction button.
more seconds to increase track power.
My engine sounds are distorted and garbled. The battery may have run down, especially if the
engine has been in storage for some time. See the
"Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section of these
instructions for how to test, recharge, and (if
necessary) replace the battery.
Whistle
I can't get the whistle to blow when I press
the whistle button.
Bell
You may be pressing the button too quickly. Try
pressing the Whistle button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to fully depress the
button.
Remedy
I can't get the bell to ring when I press the
bell button.
Coupler
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS/PSA
starts.
The Proto-Coupler won't let the engine
uncouple on the fly.
The coupler does not fire or stay coupled.
Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds don't
play.
Lock-out
I can't get the engine to run after I power up
the transformer. It sits still with the diesel
and compressor sounds running.
The engine won't lock into forward, neutral,
or reverse.
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Remedy
You may be pressing the button too quickly. Try
pressing the bell button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to fully depress the
button.
Remedy
You are waiting too long between whistle button
presses. See the timing instructions located at the
beginning of the "Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating
Instructions" section.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle and rivet with
a dry graphite lubricant.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe with
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and let
dry.
Remedy
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at random
intervals.
Remedy
The engine maybe locked into the neutral
position. Follow the procedure in the "Lock into a
Direction" section to unlock the engine's direction.
Engine speed must be below 10 scale mph
(approx. 10 volts or less in conventional mode).
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Volume
The sounds seem distorted, especially when
the whistle or bell is activated.
No Sound
Battery
The engine will not leave the initial neutral
setting.
I get no sounds when the engine shifts
between directions.
After I turn off my transformer, my engine
continues to make sounds before quitting.
FYS/PSA
The FYS/PSA sounds occasionally repeat
themselves.
Once in FYS/PSA, the engine doesn’t go
into reverse.
When the FYS/PSA enters its last sequence
the bell automatically comes on
When FYS/PSA is enabled, pressing the
whistle and bell has no effect
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not play or
the engine does not come out of FYS/PSA
after fourth press of the direction button.
Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too high. Turn the
volume control knob on the bottom of the tender
counter-clockwise to reduce the volume.
Volume is set too low, adjust volume control knob
on the bottom of the tender clockwise to increase
the volume or check connector to speaker.
Remedy
Check to be sure the battery is installed and fully
charged. See the "Self-Charging Battery BackUp" section.
The battery may be dead or need to be charged.
See the "Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to continue to sound
for a few seconds after power to the track has
been shut off to allow for a more realistic shutdown.
Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in random number
generator that randomly selects each sound clip to
play. Because there are a limited number of
sound clips available in each FYS/PSA sequence,
it is probable that some of these sound clips will
be repeated from time to time.
So that FYS/PSA effects can be as realistic as
possible, Proto-Sound 2.0 disables the reversing
unit whenever FYS/PSA is enabled. This way the
engine remains still at its stop as the operator
cycles through the FYS/PSA sequences.
FYS/PSA is programmed to start ringing the bell
at that point. After approximately 12 seconds, it
will automatically turn off.
Because FYS/PSA must control various effects in
each sequence, Proto-Sound 2.0 takes control of
these sound effects until you exit FYS/PSA
Each FYS/PSA clip must play for aprox. 30
seconds before FYS/PSA will advance to the next
step in the FYS/PSA cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each FYS/PSA sound clip before
pressing the direction button.
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Compatibility
While this Ready-To-Run set is equipped with everything you need to operate it, the
design allows flexibility. The train will operate on any traditional O-31 or larger O
Gauge track system, including the ScaleTrax™ included with this set or traditional tubular
track. It is also compatible with most standard AC transformers, including the hobby
transformer packaged with your set.
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Note that many of the operational commands described in these instructions require a bell
button, so if you are using a transformer other than the one included in this set and your
transformer does not have its own bell button, you should consider adding one to get the
full benefit of the system.
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
0-14v
80-Watt
0-18v
100-Watt
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
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
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
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Additional Features Accessible with the
DCS Remote Control System:
(additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields wonderfully
realistic sound and several train control features, command mode operation allows the
user to access a world of command functions never before accessible to O Gauge
railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control System (including a DCS
remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain many advanced features, including:
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DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in scale miles per
hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows operator to set maximum
speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke each engine
outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker and interior
lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but does not
turn off the power
One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all DCScontrolled locomotives' user-defined actions, including sound, lights, and smoke
Proto-Dispatch Operation-Public Address-like feature allows users to speak through
locomotive speaker during operation
Proto-Cast-Allows users to play audio recordings through locomotive speaker during
operation
Proto-Doppler Sound Effects Set Up-Users can configure locomotive for Doppler
Operation, including setting distance points for Doppler start, repeat, and stop modes
Independent Volume Control of Engine Sounds, Bell, Horn & Whistle for each
Locomotive
Control up to 50 different DCS-Equipped Locomotives at one time with multiple
TIUs
Proto-Effects™ Set Up-User can select individual Proto-Effects™ operations to be
active or inactive, including cab chatter, train wreck sounds, coupler sounds, and
wheel clickety-clack sounds
Direction Control Set Up-User can set initial individual start-up direction (start in
forward or reverse) for double-heading operations
Locomotive Consist Set-up-User can determine locomotive values for consist makeups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to operate together
Query Locomotive Information-User can query locomotive programming to learn
locomotive address and engine data information, including scale miles traveled
User Can Query, Set and Operate Track and Accessory Interface Units for
Programming Digital Command Operations for up to 250 Accessories and 250
Individual Switches
User Can Script, Record and Playback Train Routes
Operating instructions for all DCS Command features will accompany the DCS remote
control equipment.
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Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard
operation and trouble-shooting techniques that may correct the problem. Additional
information may be found on the M.T.H. Website. Should you still require service, follow
the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax a M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) in your area to obtain Repair
Authorization. You can find the list of ASCs on the M.T.H. Website, www.mth-railking.com. Authorized Service
Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only from that store; all other repairs may-- or may not
be done at the store's own discretion. If you did not purchase the itanty 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 Cenem 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 1-888-640-3700. Should the warrter. The shipment must be
prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name, address, daytime phone
number, e-mail address (if available), Return Authorization number (if required by the service center, a copy of
your sales receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to facilitate the repairs. Please include
the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a service technician when contacting the
Service Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for service.
Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not agents or representatives of
M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for material left in their
possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com, or call 410 381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant are covered by this warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 1-888-640-3700 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or workmanship, excluding wear
items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and traction tires. We will repair or replace (at our option)
the defective part without charge for the parts or labor, if the item is returned to the M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC)
where it was purchased or a 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