MTHTrains 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set Troubleshooting guide

4-6-0 Steam Freight/
Passenger Set
Operation Manual (3V PS3)
3
PSA
FYS
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
www.mthtrains.com
Table of Contents
Before You Begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Set Up Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Assembling RealTrax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Lubricating the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Priming the Smoke Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Coupling the Engine and Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Placing the Engine on the track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Manual Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Connecting the Transformer and Installing DCS Remote Commander . . 8
Basic Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Operation Buttons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)/Passenger Station Announcement (PSA) . . 11
Tips on Using FYS/PSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Proto-Coupler™ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Reset to Factory Defaults. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Automatic Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Cleaning the Wheels, Tires and Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Traction Tire Replacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Proto-Smoke™ Unit Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
LED Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Passenger Car Light Bulb Replacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Caboose Car Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Transformer Compatibility Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Additional Features with DCS Remote Control System . . . . . . . . . 26
RailWare Interactive CD ROM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Service and Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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.
l
M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the hobby transformer and other electronic equipment
periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary
cord, plug blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist, the train set should not be used until
properly repaired.
l
Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
l
This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
l
Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
l
The transformer was designed to operate on regular US household current (120 volt, 50-60 Hertz). Do not connect to any other
source of power.
l
To avoid the risk of electrical shock, do not disassemble the transformer unit. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. If the
unit is damaged contact M.T.H. Service for instructions.
l
The transformer is equipped with an internal circuit protector. If the circuit protector trips, unplug the power cord from the
electrical wall outlet, check your layout for any short circuits. The circuit breaker will reset automatically when the short is
removed from the circuit.
l
Unplug the transformer from the electrical wall outlet when not in use.
l
Do not use this transformer for other than its intended purpose.
Transformer Ratings:
Input: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Only, Output: Z-750: 21VAC 3.75A 78VA; Z-1000: 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.
©2011, M.T.H. Electric Trains, Columbia, MD 21046
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
This manual includes general guidelines and instruction for beginning your MTH
experience. For more in depth instruction, specifically on EXPANDED DCC
functionality, please refer to the MTH website, www.mthtrains.com.
By visiting the website 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: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
3
Set Up Checklist
r
Assemble RealTrax®
r
Lubricate the engine
r
Priming the Smoke Unit
r
Place the engine and cars on the track and couple them together
r
Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
r
Connect the transformer and installing DCS Remote Commander
r
Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operation section of these instructions.
Set Includes
r
Steam Engine
r
3 Cars
8-Pieces O-31 Curve
RealTrax (40-1002)
4-Pieces
Straight RealTrax (40-1001)
Receiver
Remote
DCS Remote
Commander Set (50-1033)
Z-500 Transformer
Real Trax
wire harness (40-1015)
Lighted Lock-On
(40-1003)
DVD/CD-Rom
Tools Needed
Pliers
Scissors
Optional Battery Charger (50-1019)
M.T.H. Maintenance Kit (30-50051)
Philips Screwdriver
Cotton Swab or Rag
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
4
Getting Started
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
Align Quick
Connect Plugs
STEP
6
Gently push together RealTrax
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 (#30-50010) ,
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
Lubricate
Lubricate
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
5
Priming the Smoke Unit
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 control see illustration to
the OFF position.( Full Counter Clockwise 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 primed
Smoke unit may cause damage
Add Smoke fluid
Smoke Unit Control
(on bottom of tender)
Coupling the Engine and Cars
1) Position armiture for proper operation.
2) Place the engine and cars on the track. Open couplers by pressing down on
plunger.
Incorrect
Place the engine and cars
on the track.
Open couplers by pressing
down on plunger.
Correct Coupling
Position armiture for proper
operation
Plunger
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
6
Placing The Engine On The Track
Your MTH steam engine is equipped with a tetherless drawbar. There is no
unsightly cable or box showing between the engine and the tender to detract from
the appearance of the model. The electrical connections pass through conductors
in the drawbar, so it is important that the connector be properly inserted. The
connector is fixed to the rear end of the drawbar. The mating connector is
attached to a swivel connection on the front of the tender frame. The drawbar is
connected to the engine chassis with a screw and should not need any attention.
In order to mate the connectors of the drawbar and the tender, place the engine
and the tender on the track. Position the tender over the drawbar connector and
insert the drawbar pin on the swivel connector into the hole in the drawbar.
Now grasp the tender with both hands as shown below (in Fig. 12) and place a
finger on each side of the drawbar near the connector. Now using your fingers,
push the connectors together. The connector will make a slight click when it is
properly seated (in Fig. 13). At this point you are ready to begin operating your
engine.
Fig. 12: Pushing Connectors Together
Fig. 13: Connected Engine and Tender
To disconnect the engine and tender apply downward pressure near the tender until
the connectors separate.
The drawbar is able to withstand a 90 degree twist such as might be experienced in a
derailment where the engine or the tender would turn over and the other unit would
remain upright.
If the drawbar is not properly connected your engine may exhibit erratic or no operation.
If this happens turn off the track power and make sure that the drawbar connectors are
properly seated. Then reapply power to the track and continue operation.
Manual Volume Control - To adjust the
volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn
the manual volume control clockwise to increase
the volume and counter-clockwise to decrease
the volume.
Manual Volume Control
(on bottom of tender)
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
7
Connecting the Transformer & Installing DCS Remote
Commander Set
Your set comes with M.T.H.'s latest DCS System, the DCS Remote Commander.
The DCS Remote Commander includes a handheld Remote which communicates
with a Receiver powered by a UL approved Transformer to provide an easy-to-use,
safe power source for your new train set. To install the DCS Remote Commander
and Transformer please use the following instructions:
1. Ensure the Z-500 transformer is unplugged.
2. Install two AA batteries (not included) into the Remote. You will need a small
screw driver.
3. Plug the Z-500 transformer barrel jack into the port labeled “Power” on the
Receiver. Using the RealTrax Wire Harness plug the color-coded wires from the
Receiver to the Lighted Lock-on.
4. Make sure that the engine and cars are properly assembled and coupled on the
track and then plug the Z-500 transformer into any 110 volt AC wall outlet. You
will know that you have power to the receiver and the track if you see the green
LED atop the Receiver and the green light atop the Lighted Lock-on will come on.
Subsequent pushes of any buttons on the remote will cause the green LED atop
the Receiver to blink, indicating it is receiving the signal.
See Illustrations Below
Z-500 Transformer
Black Harness
Wire/Plug
Receiver
Remote
Lighted Lock-on
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
Black Harness
Wire/Plug
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
8
Basic Operation
After making sure everything is properly assembled, aim the Remote at the
Receiver and press the SU/SD Button on the Remote. (** NOTE - Because this is
an infrared line-of-sight remote, you must aim the remote at the receiver in order to
send signals to the track. **). Once pressed the Engine start up sound will begin as
well as the lights and smoke unit will turn on. Now press the + end of the
Remote's Throttle Control and the train will start to move forward. Each time you
press the + end of the Throttle Control the train will move faster and faster. Please
see the Operating Buttons Using the Handheld Remote for more information on
using the Remote to operate the train.
+
F
Throttle Up
WHISTLE/HORN
BELL
Rings Bell
Blows Whistle/Horn
SND
Plays accent sounds
CPLR
Fires front & rear couplers
SU/SD
VOL
Start-Up/Shut-Down
Activates or Deactivates
sound,smoke,lights
Volume
DIR
PFA
Direction
Activates Passenger/Freight
Sounds
-
R
Throttle Down
Note: You cannot use this Remote and Receiver with pre-1997 versions of Proto-Sound™
or with Proto-One™, Proto-Plus™, Proto-Deluxe II™ engines, whatever the date.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
9
Operation Buttons Using the Remote Handheld
START UP/SHUT DOWN (SU/SD)- Pressing this button will start your
engine. Its lights, sound and smoke (if equipped) will turn on when pressed once
and off when pressed again (if the train is already on).
Throttle Control (+ and -) (center rocker)- After START UP, quickly pressing
and releasing the + end of the Throttle Control allows you to increase the speed
of your locomotive in 1mph increments. Holding the + end of the Throttle
Control down without releasing it will bring the engine up to top speed in about 7
seconds. Pressing and holding the – end of the Throttle Control for about 7
seconds will allow you to gradually bring your speed down until your engine
reaches a complete stop. Quickly pressing and releasing the + or – end of the
Throttle Control will increase or reduce your locomotives speed by 1 mph
increments.
PFA – Pressing this button will activate the Passenger or Freight announcements
on your engine. Pressing it again will shut the feature off. (See the instructions later
in this manual for the PFA operational sequence.)
BELL – Pressing and releasing this button will turn on the bell sound in your
engine. Press and release the button again to shut it off.
Whistle/Horn – Pressing and holding this button will play the whistle or horn
sound on your engine. Release the button and whistle sound will decay just like the
real thing. Also, depending upon how long you hold the button, once you release it
the engine will play up to three different whistle endings
CPLR – Pressing the button will activate the coupler sound and functions. Within
2 seconds of pressing the CPLR button you must then press either the + (front
coupler) or – (rear coupler). Doing so will trigger the coupler sound effect.
VOL – Selecting the volume button and then pressing either the + or – allows you
to set your engine at any volume you desire.
SND – Pressing the sound button once will initiate a host of different idle sound
effects on your engine. These randomly generated idle sound effects only work
when the train is in a neutral or stopped position.
DIR – Pressing this button will bring your engine to a gradual stop and then sit at
0mph in the opposite direction it was traveling. After the engine has come to a
complete stop, press the + end of the Throttle Control to start the engine moving
in the opposite direction and to increase its speed.
Note: If your locomotive is so equipped, the smoke unit is not controlled by this remote. In
order to turn the smoke unit off/on you must first disconnect power from the track,
manually turn the smoke unit control to the “OFF” or “ON” position, full counterclockwise or some degree of clockwise position, and reapply power. (Small screwdriver may
be required for this operation)
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
10
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, press the PFA Button on the remote.
!Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first sequence of
FYS/PSA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will not move as you
use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound 2.0 has disabled operator
control over the Horn/Whistle and Bell buttons until the full FYS/PSA sequence is
complete.
!After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction button again
to trigger the second sequence of FYS/PSA.
!After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS/PSA
sequence.
!Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction button
one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS/PSA sequence.
!The FYS/PSA will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move out
on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling when you
began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control of the
transformer's Bell and Horn/Whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow the
horn/whistle as usual.
PFA
+
Sound System Cued to Play
Freight Yard or Passenger
Station Sounds (FYS)/(PSA)
+
1st
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
2nd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Operator
+
3rd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Controls
= When
Bell
4th
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS/PSA
!You can terminate FYS/PSA at any time by pressing the PFA Button on the remote.
!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.
!FYS/PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered
while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS/PSA, the engine will
depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was traveling
before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler™ Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for
remote uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the
Proto-Sound® 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.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
11
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, press the CPLR Button on the remote and then press the –
end of the throttle control. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play,
and the knuckle will be released.
CPLR
–
Fire
Rear
= Coupler
Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), press the CPLR Button on the
remote and then press the + end of the throttle control. The sound of the liftbar
and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be released.
CPLR
+
Fire
Rear
= Coupler
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.
Reset to Factory Defaults
From the factory your engine is set to run with the DCS Remote Commander System at the
factory default. If for some reason your engine address changes, the engine must be reset to
factory default in order to operate from your DCS Remote Commander. The factory
defaults cannot be reset with a DCS Remote Commander, you must use a DCS system, a
DCS Commander, or see your local dealer. When using a DCS Commander or a DCS
System, follow the reset instructions in those device’s operating manuals.
Automatic Sounds
The following sound effects automatically play in your engine:
Squealing Brakes: This sound plays anytime the engine speed decreases rapidly.
Cab Chatter: This sound play when the engine idles in neutral.
Engine Start-up and Shut-down: This sound plays when the engine is initially
powered on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
12
Maintenance
DO NOT
OVER OIL
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 Pick-Up Rollers
(Do Not Oil the Flat Part of
Pick-Up Rollers)
Lubricate Valve Gear
Lubricate Side Rods
Lubricate
Lubricate
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.
E
S
EA
GR
!Remove
the screw from the chassis
to open the grease port.
!Insert
the grease tube tip into the
port and squeeze the tube once or
twice to add grease to the gearbox.
!Wipe
off any excess grease and
replace the phillips screw securely.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
13
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires, and Track
Periodically check the locomotive wheels and
pickups for dirt and buildup, which can cause
poor electrical contact and traction and
prematurely wear out the neoprene traction tires.
Wheels and tires can be cleaned using denatured
(not rubbing) alcohol applied with a cotton
swab.
To clean the track, use RailKing Track Cleaning
Fluid found in Maintenance Kit (30-50051) or
denatured (not rubbing) alcohol and a clean rag.
Unplug the transformer and wipe the rails of the
track, turning the rag frequently to ensure that
you are using clean cloth on the rails. Thereafter,
keep an eye on the track and clean it when it gets
dirty to ensure good electrical contact and to
lengthen the life of the tires.
Clean any type of track with this heavy-duty
track cleaning block (40-1099). Durably
constructed from ABS plastic, the block includes
a built-in cleaning pad. For really stuborn track,
you can insert sandpaper into the block in just a
few quick steps.
Track Cleaning
Block (40-1099)
Maintenance Kit (30-50051)
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
14
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.
!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.
!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.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
15
ProtoSmoke™ Unit Operation
The engine contains a Proto-Sound® 3.0 controlled smoke unit that outputs
smoke through the smokestack on the roof of the engine. The smoke unit is
essentially a small heating element and wick that soaks up and then heats a mineral
oil-based fluid that emits smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack by a
small electric fan. Smoke volume is controlled by the Proto-Sound® 3.0 system.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy trouble-free smoke unit
operation for years.
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack. We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke™ fluid. Do not overfill the unit
or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior engine components.
To adjust the amount of smoke produced, turn the smoke unit volume control
clockwise to increase the amount of smoke, or counter-clockwise to reduce the
amount.
Add Smoke fluid
Smoke Unit Control
(on bottom of tender)
If you choose not to add smoke fluid (or have already added fluid but choose to
run smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit by turning the smoke unit control to the
“OFF” position, fully Counter Clockwise position. Failure either to add fluid to
the smoke unit or to turn it off may damage the smoke unit heating element
and/or wicking material.
When the smoke output while running the engine begins to diminish, add another
10-15 drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15
drops of fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
ProtoSmoke™ Fluid
ProtoSmoke is the recommended fluid for M.T.H.
products and can be used in other manufacturers
products as well. Choose from 12 different scents:
Christmas, Coal, Diesel, Wood Burning, Coffee, Eggs
& Bacon, Vanilla, Candy Cane, Barbeque, Pipe Smoke,
Cinnamon Roll, and Apple Pie
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
16
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.
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. To remove the smoke unit you will first have to
remove the body shell. To do this, follow these instructions:
1. Remove the 4 body mount screws, locate the smoke unit assemby.
Body Mount Screws
2. Use a phillips head screwdriver to remove the inspection cover screws.
3. After removing the inspection cover, inspect the wick. If it is darkly discolored
and hard, it should be replaced.
Inspection Cover Screws
Inspection Cover
Wick
Wick in
Poor
Condition
Wick in
Good
Condition
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are available directly from
the M.T.H. Parts Department phone: (order online: www.mth-railking.com, email: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
21046-1532, FAX: 410-381-6122).
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
17
LED Lighting
Gone are the incandescent bulbs. Your new PS3.0-equipped engine has LED
lighting. MTH uses various colored LED's 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.
Passenger Car Light Bulb Replacement
If your Ready To Run Set came equipped with passenger cars use the below
instructions to replace the interior light bulbs.
1) To remove the shell
from chassis remove the
four screws located
underneath the trucks.
STEP
1
Remove these
four screws
2) With the four screws
removed, lower the chassis
from the shell, take care
not to pull the wires out.
STEP
2
STEP
3
Remove these
two screws
Remove these
two screws
3) To be able to separate
the interior from the shell
you need to remove the
screws from underneath
the interior. With the two
screws removed you can
then lower the interior
down from the shell.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
18
4) You can now replace
the bulbs by pushing the
socket up from the bulb
holder and pull the bulb
from its socket. Replace
with a new one, and
reverse the steps to
reassemble the caboose.
STEP
4
Replacement parts are available directly fromthe M.T.H. Parts Department (order
online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, FAX: 410-381-6122).
Caboose Light Bulb Replacement
If your Ready To Run Set came equipped with freight cars use the below
instructions to replace the interior light bulbs.
1) Remove the four (4) screws located under the caboose's trucks.
2) Lower the chassis from the shell, taking care not to pull the wires out.
3) 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.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
19
End
Frame
Step
Platform
4) Lower the chassis from the shell, taking care not to pull the wires out.
shell
step platform
chassis
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
20
5) Replace the bulb by pushing the socket up at an angle from the bulb holder and
pulling the bulb from its socket.
Replace with a new bulb and reverse the steps to reassemble the caboose.
Replacement parts are available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (order
online: www.mthtrains.com, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, FAX: 410-381-6122).
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
21
DCS Remote Commander Troubleshooting Guide
The following Guide will help you trouble shoot your DCS Remote Commander
handheld remote.
Symptom
Solution
Engine has no sound
Ensure SU/SD has been pressed.
Press the VOL button then press +
on the throttle control to raise the
volume
Engine’s coupler will not fire
1. Ensure the model has coilwound proto-couplers.
2. Press the CPLR button then
press + or - on the throttle control
within 2 seconds to fire the front (+)
or rear (-) coupler.
Engine only plays first PFA
sequence sounds
Engine Volume is not adjusting
when the throttle control is pressed
Press the DIR button to cycle
through all four PFA sequences
Idle sounds are not playing when
the SND button is pressed
Engine does nothing when Start-Up
is pressed
Green light on receiver is not
flashing when a button is pressed
on the handheld remote
Press the VOL button then press +
or - on the throttle control within 2
seconds to raise or lower engine
volume
Engine must be standing still to
play the Idle Sounds
Engine address must be set to
factory default. The engine must be
reset to factory defaults using
either a DCS System or a DCS
Commander.
Replace the batteries in the
handheld remote with two fresh
“AA” batteries. Be sure the remote
is generally pointing toward the
receiver base within 20 feet.
Remove red lens and make sure IR
receiver is centered.
WARNING – DO NOT CONNECT AC POWER TO THE TRACK
WHEN OPERATING AN HO ENGINE. PERMANENT DAMAGE
WILL OCCUR TO THE ENGINE.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
22
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
Remedy
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 5 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.
Horn
I can't get the horn to blow when I press
the Horn button.
Remedy
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
Remedy
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
Remedy
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.
Check position of Auxiliary Proto-Coupler
The rear coupler does not fire, but
Control Switch. Switch Should be in the
coupler sounds play.
“OFF” position for the rear coupler to fire.
Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds
don't play.
Remedy
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at random
intervals.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
23
Lock-out
Remedy
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
The sounds seem distorted, especially
when the Horn or bell is activated.
No Sound
PFA
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.
Remedy
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.
Remedy
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.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
24
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
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
100-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
Lionel 1032
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1032M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1033
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1044
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1053
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
U
A
8-18v
135VA
Electronic
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300-Watt
Electronic
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
Lionel Post-War
Celebration
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
Common
0-20v
135/190 Watt
Electronic
Powermaster
Electronic
* Conventional Mode Only
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
25
Additional Features Accessible With The DCS - Digital
Command System - 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® 3.0 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 make-ups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to
operate together
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
26
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 3.0. 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@mthrailking.com or call 410-381-2580 for further help.
RailKing 4-6-0 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 3.0
27
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 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.
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