MTH Electric Trains E-8 Operating instructions

ELECTRIC
TRAINS
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MTH E-8 DIESEL ENGINE
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Thank you for purchasing the MTH Electric Trains E-8 diesel locomotive.
This ¼” scale reproduction of the famous E-8 A-B-A locomotive consist
measures over 55” in length and weighs over 11 pounds. Despite its scale
size, the locomotive is capable of operating on O-31 3-rail track with any
compatible AC transformer (see the chart on page 31 for a complete list of
compatible transformers and wiring instructions) and is completely
compatible with most other 3-rail locomotives, rolling stock and
accessories.
The locomotive is equipped with several deluxe features that are simple
and fun to operate. Each feature is described among the following pages
which should be read before the engine is operated. For those of you who
can’t wait to get started, the Quick Start Basic Operating Instructions
found on Pages 3 and 4 should be read so that you understand the basics of
the operating system. Please note that some features are only found in the
ProtoSound® models and are marked as such. Features not marked as
ProtoSound features are available in all models.
Table Of Contents
QUICK START - BASIC OPERATION
PROTOSOUNDS® OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
DCRU® Reverse Unit Operation(All 3-Rail Models)
Horn Operation
Bell Operation
ProtoCoupler® Operation
Squeaking Brake Sounds
Tips On Using Squeaking Brakes
Passenger Station Sounds (PFA)
Tips On Using The Passenger Station Sounds
Reverse Unit Lockout Control Functions
Locking The Engine Into Forward or Reverse
Unlocking The Engine
Locking The Engine Into Neutral
Self-Recharging Battery Backup System
Replacing The Battery
ProtoSound® Volume Adjustment
USING “RESET" TO PROGRAM PROTOSOUNDS™
Setting The Engine Volume
Programming For Squeaking Brake Operation
Programming For Horn In Neutral Operation
Programming For Proto-Coupler® Operation
Programming For Cab Chatter Sounds
Programming For PFA Operation
Activating Remote Lock-Out Control
Resetting All ProtoSound® Options To Factory Defaults
OIL & LUBRICATION INSTRUCTIONS
TRACTION TIRE REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS
LIGHT BULB REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT
TROUBLE SHOOTING PROTOSOUND® PROBLEMS
ProtoSound® RESET Feature Chart
Transformer Wiring Chart
O-31 OPERATION
SERVICE AND WARRANTY INFORMATION
HOW TO GET SERVICE
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
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WARNING:
When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be followed including the
following:
-- Read this and all related manuals (transformer/power supply, locomotive, etc.) thoroughly
before using this device.
-- This device is not recommended for children under 8 years of age without adult supervision.
-- MTH recommends parents examine the toy transformer used to power this device periodically
for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as
damage to the primary or output cord, plug blades, housing or other parts (including proper
functioning of the circuit breaker), and that, in an event such conditions exist, the transformer
should not be used until properly repaired.
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QUICK START - BASIC OPERATION
The MTH E-8 contains state-of-the art electronics with several built-in
automatic features for incredibly realistic operation. Despite these advanced
features, the E-8 is easy to operate with any compatible standard AC
transformer (see the compatibility chart on page 31). All models are
equipped with an operating smoke system that should be primed with
smoke fluid before operating. Adding 20 - 25 drops of fluid through the
smoke stack should be sufficient. (See Figure 1a). If you choose to not
prime the smoke unit(s) with fluid, turn the smoke unit switch located
under the rear drive truck(s) to the
Add Smoke Fluid
OFF position. (See Figure 1b).
This will prevent any damage from
occurring to the smoke unit when
the engine is running without a
primed smoke unit. For more
information see the section on Page
4 on smoke unit operation.
Figure 1a: Adding Smoke Fluid to the Smoke Unit
The E-8 locomotive is controlled
by a ProtoSound® DCRU®
electronic reverse unit. The reverse
unit operates in the same manner
that all reverse units function by
using forward, neutral and reverse
states that are entered each time the
throttle is turned on and off or by
using the transformer direction
switch (if so equipped).
ProtoCoupler
Selection Switch
Smoke Unit
ON/OFF Switch
Figure 1b: Locating The Smoke Unit & ProtoCoupler
Selection Switch
Neutral
The reverse unit is designed to ignore
dirty track, dead spots on switches or minor
short circuits without disrupting the engine
Figure 2: DCRU™ Cycle Phases
operation, even at slow, prototypical
speeds. Once the engine is placed on the
track, the throttle on the transformer can be advanced. You will see that
only the engine’s lights come on and that only two dings of the ProtoSound
bell occur followed by the diesel start-up sounds (on ProtoSound equipped
3-rail models). The engine does not run. This is known as the RESET state
and is explained in more detail beginning on Page 4. The ProtoSound®
DCRU® will not power the motors until the throttle is turned OFF and then
RESET
Forward
Reverse
Neutral
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ON again. At this point, the engine will now function just like any other
electronic or mechanical E-unit.
PROTOSMOKE™ UNIT OPERATION
The E-8 contains a self-powered smoke unit that outputs a steady stream of smoke through
the smoke stack on the roof of the engine. The ON/OFF switch located next to the power truck
must be in the ON position in order for the smoke unit to function. See Fig. 1 on page 3.
The smoke unit is essentially a small heating element and wick which soaks up and then
“cooks" a mineral oil-based fluid that omits a harmless smoke. The smoke is then forced out
of the stack via a small electric fan which runs at a constant speed. However, the smoke
intensity can be varied by increasing the transformer voltage setting. The higher the setting,
the more intense the smoke output.
For best results, we recommend that you add 20 - 25 drops of ProtoSmoke™, Seuthe, LGB or
LVTS fluid before you run the engine. If you don’t choose to add the fluid, then the smoke
unit switch should be turned off. Failure to either add the fluid or turn the switch off could
lead to damage to the smoke unit heating element and or wicking. Add the fluid through the
smoke stack hole. After adding the fluid, gently blow into the stack to eliminate any air
bubbles. Do not overfill the unit as overfilling can cause the fluid to leak out and coat the
interior engine components. When the smoke output begins to diminish while running the
engine, an additional 20-25 drops of smoke fluid should be added or the smoke unit switch
should be turned off. When storing the engine for long periods of time, you may want to add at
least 20 drops of fluid to keep the wick soaked with fluid and prevent it from drying out. After
removing the engine from storage, it is advisable to add another 25 drops of fluid, letting the
wick soak up the fluid for 15 minutes
prior to operation.
SMOKE UNIT
MAINTENANCE
After Removing
Mounting Screws,
Lift Circuit Board
To Reveal Wicking
CAUTION: Operating the engine
Smoke Unit
Circuit Board
without smoke fluid and with the smoke
Mounting Screws
unit switch in the ON position can
damage your smoke unit wick, causing
the wick to become hard, blackened and
unabsorbant around the heating element.
When this occurs, it may be difficult for
the wick to soak up the smoke fluid
resulting in poor or no smoke output. If
that occurs, we recommend that you
inspect and/or replace the wick taking
care to not run the engine without fluid in
the future. You can inspect the wick to
Figure 2: Inspecting The Smoke Unit Wicking
see if it needs replacement by removing
the smoke unit circuit board from the
smoke unit body as seen in Fig.2. After
removing the circuit board screws lift the circuit board away and inspect the wick. If the wick
is darkly discolored and hard, it should be replaced.
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PROTOSOUNDS® INSTRUCTIONS
The MTH ProtoSound® digital sound and train control system provides
the operator with unprecedented realistic operation on your model railroad.
In addition to actual diesel engine, CD-equivalent 16-bit digital sounds,
you get the following features:
1.
∗ Built-In DCRU Reverse Unit * Authentic Diesel Engine Horn Sound *
Authentic Diesel Engine Bell Sound * Squeaking Brake SoundFreight Yard
Sounds * Operating Remote Controlled ProtoCoupler™ * Self-Recharging
Battery Back-Up System With Automatic Battery Shut-Off * Remotely
Controlled Reverse Unit Lock-Out * Remotely Adjustable Diesel Engine Volume
* Upgradeable Microprocessor Options * Authentic Diesel Engine Start Up &
Shut Down Sounds * Random Selection of Four “Cab Chatter" Radio
Transmission Sound Clips * Authentic Diesel Shut Down Sounds
Each feature is described among the following pages. Though the system
is easy to use, we encourage you to read the instructions thoroughly.
PROTOSOUND® DCRU® REVERSE UNIT
As mentioned in the Basic Operating section, the engine is controlled by a
ProtoSound® DCRU® reverse unit that contains the standard
forward-neutral-reverse states found on most reverse units. However, as
described earlier, when power is first applied to the track, the reverse unit
begins in RESET or what seems like a neutral state. Power must be
interrupted again to get the locomotive to enter the forward state. It is this
first RESET state that gives ProtoSound® its unique, remote controlled
functions. The system will enter RESET whenever power to the track is off
for three or more seconds. NEUTRAL will be referred to as the state
between Forward and Reverse.
ProtoSounds® is equipped with a microprocessor, that, depending on the
amount of memory it is allotted, allows the user to utilize several remotely
activated functions. In the simplest terms, ProtoSounds® has its own
“Computer" controlling these functions. In fact, the power of this
microprocessor is the same as that of a 286 desktop computer! In order to
access many of these remotely controlled functions, the user must be in the
RESET state to do so. RESET is entered anytime power to the locomotive
has been off for more than 3 to 5 seconds. When the engine first enters
RESET, the microprocessor initiates a system check to determine if the
system, transformer and engine are operating correctly. This takes
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approximately 2.2 seconds during which you will hear the engine’s startup
sounds begin. In order for ProtoSounds to properly initiate the system
check, do not advance the transformer throttle past 10 volts when you first
enter RESET, wait for the diesel startup sounds to begin and then slowly
turn the transformer throttle to the off position and then back on again to
enter the forward phase. Interrupting the power too quickly may cause the
system to re-enter RESET (signaled by two dings of the bell). Should this
happen, wait longer before interrupting the power to enter the Forward
phase.
ProtoSounds® comes with several programmable functions, including
Engine Volume Adjustment, Separate Bell Button Operation
(pre-programmed at the factory), Cab Chatter On/Off Control, ProtoCoupler
On/Off Control and Horn-In-Neutral Operation. Each of these features are
described in more detail later. You will notice that when in RESET, your
engine will not respond to the whistle button with a horn blast or continuous
bell ringing. In fact, when in RESET and the whistle button is depressed,
only one single bell chime will be heard each time the whistle button is
pressed. If you don’t want to configure or change your locomotive using
any of these programmable features, simply leave RESET and wait 2.2
seconds before interrupting the power to put the engine in forward. After
you leave RESET, your engine will operate normally in all the direction
states of forward, neutral and reverse.
HORN OPERATION
Your MTH E-8 ProtoSound-equipped engine is equipped with a digital
recording of a diesel horn. The horn sound can be activated anytime the
engine is in forward or reverse by pressing the whistle button on your
transformer. The horn will continue to blow as long as the whistle button is
depressed. The horn will not function in RESET and must be configured
through a RESET option to allow the horn to work when the engine is in
neutral. See page 19 for information on horn programming in the Using
RESET To Program ProtoSounds® section of this manual.
BELL OPERATION
Your MTH E-8 ProtoSound-equipped engine is equipped with a digital
recording of an actual diesel bell. Unlike previous versions of ProtoSounds,
the bell can be turned on or off with any separate bell button, like the
Lionel® Railsounds® No. 5906 Bell Button, by simply pushing the button.
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If you don’t have a separate bell button, the bell can be controlled through
your transformer’s whistle button whenever the engine is in NEUTRAL.
The bell will never ring continuously in RESET (Remember NEUTRAL is
the state between Forward and Reverse). Once the bell is turned on, it will
continue to ring when the engine is cycled into forward or reverse until you
press the bell button or re-enter NEUTRAL and turn the bell off with the
whistle button.
In fact, because of ProtoSounds® state-of-the-art design, the
microprocessor remembers its last command. Therefore, unless you turn
the bell off before you quit running your train, the next time you run the
engine, the bell will come on. No matter whether you come back an hour
later or a year later, the bell will begin chiming once the engine enters one
of the three directional states.
To turn the bell on using the transformer’s whistle button, turn on power to
the track and cycle the engine into NEUTRAL. Turn the throttle to 8 volts
or less (any higher voltage will arm the ProtoCoupler) and press the whistle
button. The bell should begin chiming. To turn the bell off, press the
whistle button again. If you want to keep the bell on while running the
engine, simply interrupt the power with the transformer throttle or the
transformer directional switch and enter forward or reverse.
PROTO-COUPLER™ OPERATION
Your MTH E-8 ProtoSound-equipped locomotive has two coil-wound
ProtoCouplers™ for remote uncoupling action. The couplers are mounted
on the power trucks. Because the ProtoCoupler is controlled through
ProtoSound’s microprocessor, it doesn’t require an uncoupling track section
or modification to your layout to function. The three simple steps below
are required to operate the coupler.
1. Put your engine in NEUTRAL and turn the throttle all the way up.
2. Press the transformer whistle button to “Arm" the coupler. (You
will hear a “Clank")
3. After arming the coupler, press the whistle button again to open
the coupler.
When the knuckle fires
open you will hear the buzzing
of the coil energizing and the
sound of the air lines coming
Put Engine In Neutral
At Full Power
See The Coupler Open
And Listen For The
Cha-Chusshh Sound
Listen For The
Ca-Clunk Sound
H
H
Press & Release
The Whistle Button
Press & Release
The Whistle Button
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apart. It can best be described as a CHA-CHUSHHH sound. The coupler
doesn’t have to be fired in NEUTRAL. Once the coupler is armed it can be
fired in Forward, Neutral or Reverse. However, you may find that the
coupler doesn’t open when
firing the coupler at high
speeds. Reduce the voltage
setting on your transformer if
this occurs and run your engine
Lubricate
at a slower speed before firing
Coupler
Knuckle
the coupler. If the coupler
continues to open erratically, try
lubricating the knuckle with
Figure 3: Lubricating The ProtoCoupler Knuckle
light oil as indicated in Fig. 3.
For multiple heading purposes, only one of the two Proto-Couplers will
function at any one time. Use the coupler direction switch as shown in Fig.
1 on page 3 to select either the front or rear coupler. Simply slide the
switch toward the direction of the coupler you want to make active.
NEUTRAL-ACTIVATED CAB CHATTER SOUNDS
Whenever your diesel locomotive is parked in Neutral randomly played
“Cab Chatter” sound effects will occur every 2 to 30 seconds. There are a
total of four of these Cab Chatter sequences that capture authentic radio
transmissions between dispatcher and engineer. They are designed to play
at random intervals to eliminate repetitive and boring sequences though
there is no guarantee that you won’t hear the same message repeated two or
more times..
SQUEAKING BRAKE SOUNDS
Proto-Sound® equipped engines feature the ability to play the sound of
squeaking brakes whenever your engine slows in speed. There are two
settings for activating the squeaking brake sounds. The default setting
allows the brake sounds to play while the engine is in forward or reverse
and the transformer throttle is lowered from a high setting to a low setting
(14 volts to 8 volts or less). The
Listen For The
sound itself is a stored recording Throttle Down From
Squeaking Brake Sounds
High Voltage To Low
on the Proto-Sound® software
chip and will always play the
same brake sound for the same
three second length each time the
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voltage is reduced from high to low. Some practice may be required to
synchronize the playing of the brake sounds with the movement of the
engine. It is not uncommon for the engine to stop before the brake sound is
completed. Operators will find that coordinating the movement of the
throttle setting from 8 volts to off will allow the engine to maintain its
movement while the brake sounds play. Note: The brake sounds will not
be heard if the transformer throttle is not set above 14 volts and/or not
reduced below 8 volts.
TIPS ON USING THE SQUEAKING BRAKE FEATURE
Users will find the squeaking brake feature to be a very realistic way
to simulate the sound of an engine slowing down for curves, crossings
or coming to a stop at a station, side track or switch yard. However,
you may find that your engine continues to play the brake sounds once
your engine comes to a stop, or that the sounds stop before the engine
comes to a complete halt. For example, if you simply run the engine
and turn the throttle off quickly, the brake sounds will likely continue
playing even though the engine has come to a complete stop.
This annoying effect can be eliminated by simply practicing with the
brake feature. In no time, you will quickly learn how to “feather" the
throttle to keep the engine moving while the brake sounds play and
then turning the throttle off just as the sounds stop.
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Operating Proto-Sound® Passenger Station
Sound Effects
Passenger Station Announcements (PFA)
Proto-Sound® is equipped with operator controlled Passenger Station
Sounds, referred to as PFA. The PFA sequence is designed to simulate
the arrival, disembarking, embarking and departure of a passenger train
in a Passenger Station. This easy-to-use feature allows you to play
digitally recorded sounds of Passenger Station sounds while your
engine is parked in the Neutral State. No additional wires or
modifications are needed to enjoy these amazing sound effects. The
sounds themselves are randomly “shuffled” by the Proto-Sound®
computer. This gives the system the ability to play the various sounds
in a different order each time PFA is enabled.
Activating Passenger Sounds -Quick OverviewThe following is a quick overview on how you can operate PFA.
The train on track moving Forward or Reverse direction.
B
B
Press and Hold Bell Button For 3+
Seconds, Listen For a Horn Blast or
Air Release, then Remove your Finger
from the Button.
Press Bell Button Again Quickly to
Stop Bell Chime.
Your train is now ready for you to play the PFA.
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Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
To Play PFA, Stop Train Direction.
This Can Be Done by Pressing the
DIRECTION Button or Cycling the
Transformer Handle.
At This Time the Train Will Stop in
Neutral.
In a Few Seconds, An Arrival Message
Plays, Followed by a Background
Noise.
STOP
Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
Change/Press Direction- The Train Will
Remain In Neutral. It Will Continue to
Play More Background Noises.
Change/Press Direction- The Train Will Remain
In Neutral. You Will Hear a Double Air Release,
Departure Message Plays More Background
Noises.
Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
Change/Press Direction- The Train Will Remain In
Neutral. You Will Hear Closing Doors, Horn Blast,
a Few Bell Chimes and Train Departs in the
Direction the Train First Stopped.
GO
For more detailed PFA instructions, read the following.
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Activating Passenger Sounds (PFA)- Detailed PFA
Instructions
Arming The Passenger Sounds Feature
Before the Passenger Station sounds can be heard, the feature must be
activated. The feature can be activated in one of two ways.
Option 1: If you are using the Z-4000™ transformer, or any transformer
with a separate bell button controller, you can activate the feature by simply
pressing and holding the bell button for at least three seconds (it does not
matter if you are in forward, neutral or reverse). You will hear the bell turn
on and, after three
Listen For The
Put Engine In Neutral,
Start Of The Bell Sound
seconds, you should
Forward or Reverse
hear a short horn blast
or air release. Once the
horn blast or air release
Listen For The
Press & Hold
is heard, the bell button
Air Release Sound
The Railsounds® Bell Button
After 3 Seconds
For
3
Seconds
can be released. The
bell will continue to
chime, so if you want to turn off the bell ringing, simply press and release
the bell button. If you were in neutral, interrupt the transformer throttle to
enter the next directional state (either forward or reverse). (Note: the PFA
will only play in the first Neutral after it is armed. You can not interrupt
the power twice to enter another direction and still have the PFA active.)
You can now trigger the sounds to begin playing when you next enter
Neutral.
Option 2 If you do not have a separate Z-4000™ transformer (or separate
bell button available), you can activate the PFA using your transformer’s
whistle button control. To arm the PFA, turn on the transformer throttle and
cycle your engine into
Listen For The
Put Engine In Neutral
Neutral (not RESET).
Start Of The Bell Sound
At Low Power
Once in neutral, set the
transformer throttle to 8
volts or less and press and
H
hold the whistle button for
Listen For The
Press & Hold
Air Release Sound
The Whistle Button
at least three seconds. You
After
3 Seconds
For 3 Seconds
will hear the bell turn on
and, after three seconds,
you should hear a short horn blast or air release. Once the horn blast or air
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release is heard, the whistle button can be released. The bell will continue
to chime, so if you want to turn off the bell ringing, simply press and release
the whistle button. Interrupt the transformer throttle to enter the next
directional state (either forward or reverse). (Note: the PFA will only play
in the first Neutral after it is armed. You can not interrupt the power
twice to enter another direction and still have the PFA active.) You can
now trigger the sounds to begin playing when you next enter Neutral.
TRIGGERING PASSENGER STATION
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Once the PFA feature has been activated, it will be played the next time
the engine enters neutral. At this point, Proto-Sound® will take over
control of your engine, disabling the bell and whistle button. In addition,
Proto-Sound® reconfigures the way the reverse unit functions during the
operation of the PFA feature. This forces the engine to leave your
Passenger Station in the same direction as it arrived. The following
operator controlled “Events” control the PFA’s actions and sounds. (Note:
The direction states shown assume the PFA is entered from forward. If
entering the Passenger Station in reverse, the direction states shown will
be reversed.)
Event 1: Interrupt the transformer throttle to cycle the engine from forward
into neutral. If the throttle was at 14 volts or higher, the squeaking brakes
sound will play. Once the engine is stopped, the throttle
must be turned on to keep it in the
Put Engine In Neutral
Listen For Air Release Sound
And Cab Chatter Message
neutral state. Note: Failure to turn the
At Low Power
throttle back on within 3 seconds of
leaving forward will disable PFA and
shutdown Proto-Sound®. The next
time power is turned on, the engine
will be in the RESET position. See
page 23 for additional information on RESET. If the bell was not turned
off after arming PFA, it is now turned off automatically. After entering
neutral, Proto-Sound® will immediately play a horn blast or an air release
sound, followed approximately 2 seconds later by an Arrival
Announcement. Following this arrival announcement, the sounds of doors
opening and the conductor saying “Watch your step” is heard. At this point,
various Passenger Station sounds can be heard, including passenger
footsteps, muffled voices, baggage being moved about and whistling for a
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taxi. Additionally, several conductor highlights will be heard in the
foreground.
Event 2: Interrupt the transformer
Interrupt Throttle To
Listen For Engine
throttle again to cycle the engine from
Rumbling Sound
Enter The Next Phase
neutral into reverse. In order to have the
engine leave the yard in the same direction
it entered Proto-Sound® disables the
motors in this reverse state to prevent the
engine from running backwards. PFA
confirms reverse is entered by playing the
conductor saying “Baggage to the
right/left.” Once this highlight is played, the Passenger Station sounds
heard in Event 1 will continue to play.
Event 3: Interrupt the transformer throttle
again to cycle the engine from reverse back
to neutral. PFA confirms that the engine is
now in neutral by sounding two quick air
releases. This is followed approximately
two seconds later by a Boarding
Announcement message and continued
Passenger Station sounds. Conductor
highlights, such as “Welcome aboard” and
“Tickets please” will play randomly.
Interrupt Throttle To
Enter The Next Phase
Listen For 2
Air Release Sounds
Event 4: Interrupt the transformer throttle again to complete the PFA
feature and cycle the engine into forward. PFA confirms it has entered
forward by playing the conductor’s call “All Aboard!” and the sound of the
passenger car door closing. Within two seconds, the whistle will sound two
short blasts (three if entering reverse), and the bell will begin to chime.
After a few chimes of the bell, the engine will begin moving in forward
with the bell continuing to ring. A few
seconds later, the bell will turn off, and the
Throttle To
engine will resume normal operation. Note: Interrupt
Enter The Next Phase
When entering Event 4, it is important to set
the transformer throttle at a high enough
setting that the engine will begin to move
Listen For The Sound
when the motors are activated. However,
Of Box Door Closing
the throttle should not be too high for the
engine to maintain a safe operating speed.
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TIPS ON USING THE PFA FEATURES
PFA is a unique feature of Proto-Sound® that is completely controlled by the
operator. You decide how, when or if you want to utilize the feature. By
reviewing the following tips, you should find solutions or suggestions to the
various operating scenarios you might encounter when using PFA.
Tip #1: You can escape the PFA sequence by interrupting the transformer
throttle before the man’s whistle plays in Event 1 (neutral).
Tip #2: You can exit PFA at anytime by turning the transformer throttle Off for
15 seconds.
Tip #3: You do not have to be in Forward to utilize PFA. For example, if you
activate the PFA feature while in Reverse, your train will leave the station/yard
in the same reverse direction that it arrived in.
Tip #4: You can use PFA even if you are double-heading with another engine
regardless of whether the second engine is equipped with an PFA programmed
Proto-Sound® module. If the second engine isn’t equipped with PFA, the only
thing to remember is that you not to turn up the transformer throttle very high
when entering Reverse in Event 2. If the throttle is set too high, then the second
locomotive will begin vibrating on the track as its motors will be turning in
reverse. If your second engine is equipped with PFA, you may want to disable
the PFA when used in double-headed operations. To disable PFA, see the
section on programming RESET functions on page 26 of this manual.
Tip #5: You can leave any of the event stages at any time by simply
interrupting the transformer throttle. Any sound effects programmed to play in
that event will simply not occur. The only exceptions are Event 1 and Event 4.
In Event 1, interrupting the throttle has no effect on PFA until after the man’s
whistle has completed and the freight car doors have opened. In Event 4, you
cannot interrupt PFA until after the engine begins to move. Interrupting the
throttle before the engine begins to move has no effect on the locomotive’s
operation.
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Special Reverse Unit Options
Reverse Unit Lockout Operation
For operators who wish to lock their engine into a single direction,
Proto-Sound’s® unique design eliminates the need for a lock-out switch
on the locomotive. This will allow users to run the engine on layouts
equipped with block signals or stop stations that would normally cycle the
engine back into neutral. Note: The feature must be first turned on by
accessing RESET Feature 40 (See page 22).
Locking the Engine into Single Direction Operation
Cycle the transformer throttle so that your engine is operating in the
direction you wish to lock it in (forward, neutral or reverse). With the
throttle set to approximately 8 volts, press and hold the horn/whistle
button. While holding the horn/whistle button, turn the throttle OFF, and
then release the horn/whistle button. After 2 seconds, you will hear a short
horn blast. IMMEDIATELY turn the throttle back on. The engine is now
locked, and will continue in the previous direction whenever power is
applied to the track.
Unlocking The Engine
With the throttle set to approximately 8 volts, press and hold the
horn/whistle button. While holding the horn/whistle button, turn the
throttle OFF, and then release the horn/whistle button. After three
seconds, a single bell will be heard indicating that the engine is unlocked.
When power is again applied, the engine will enter RESET and perform as
normal.
NOTE: When locking the engine in the Forward or Reverse positions, the
horn/whistle button will blow the horn/whistle. But when locking the
engine into the NEUTRAL position, the horn/whistle button may turn on or
off sounds of the bell. Remember, the horn/whistle doesn’t blow in
NEUTRAL (unless you programmed it to do so using Reset Feature 25 see page 25 for details), only the bell rings.
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SELF-CHARGING BATTERY BACKUP
Proto-Sound® includes a self-charging battery backup system for improved
performance at any speed. The battery ensures that power to the sound
system will remain on during directional changes, while setting RESET
options or when traveling over spots of dirty track and switches. The
self-recharging battery backup system is automatically turned on or off.
There no switches needed to enjoy the benefits of the automatic battery
backup system.
Proto-Sound® contains a warning alarm if the battery backup system fails
to automatically disengage when track power is turned off. Should the
backup system fail, you will hear a repeating whistle blast indicating that
this has occurred. Should this happen, unplug the battery from the
Proto-Sound® module (to prevent the battery from being run down) and
contact MTH for instructions on returning the train for repair..
REPLACING THE PROTOSOUND BATTERY
The Proto-Sound® battery (located in the tender body), is a special NiCad
7-cell, 8.4v battery -NOT the 6-cell, 7.2v battery found in most convenience
stores. The battery is continually charged from the track when power is
applied above 11 volts. Should last for up to five years. In addition, the
NiCad battery is a dry battery and should not leak or cause any damage to
your locomotive during its lifetime. The 6-cell NiCad is NOT
recommended for use with Proto-Sound® applications.
If you notice that the sounds seem distorted or garbled at low voltages or
become immediately silent when power from the transformer is shut off, the
battery may be failing. Before replacing the battery, you should put the
engine in NEUTRAL and leave the transformer throttle set at about 12 volts
for 15 minutes. This should temporarily recharge the battery. If the garbled
or distorted sounds are reduced, then your battery charge has worn down.
You can give your battery a full charge by leaving the engine ON in the
NEUTRAL position for 6 hours.
Note: When charging the battery in neutral, if your trains contains a
Smoke Unit should be turned OFF to prevent damage to the wick and the
heating elements.
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If you need to replace the battery, they are available from MTH
Proto-Sound® Electronics at 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia,
MD 21046-1532. A standard 9v alkaline battery can be substituted as a
temporary fix, but, since alkaline batteries can’t take a charge, it will
eventually wear down.
MANUALLY ADJUSTING THE PROTO-SOUND®
VOLUME
Your Proto-Sound® system has two types of volume adjustment. A manual
turn knob on the bottom of the chassis (See Fig. 4 below) allows you to
control all the sounds in the system and a remote control “RESET" option
(Option # 6) allows you to control the volume level of the engine sounds
remotely from the transformer. Turning the volume adjustment knob one
direction will increase the volume. Turning it the opposite directions will
lower the volume of all sounds: bell, horn, engine sounds, Cab Chatter, etc.
For information on operating the RESET volume adjustment option, see the
section entitled “Programming Proto-Sound® RESET Options” on the
following pages
ProtoSound
Volume Knob
Figure 4: Adjusting The ProtoSound Volume
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USING “RESET" TO PROGRAM
PROTOSOUNDS®
ProtoSound® is equipped with several programmable features which are
accessed in the RESET state by moving the transformer throttle up and
down between full voltage and low voltage (8 volts) without shutting the
transformer off completely. Each time this is done you advance, one
feature at a time, through the available options. An air-release sound is
heard each time the throttle is advanced and returned. In addition, there are
special sounds to tell you
In RESET Mode
what RESET position you Move
Advance The Throttle
The Throttle
Up & Down From
Up & Down From
are in.
High Voltage To Low
High Voltage To Low
2 Times
4 More Times
For example, if you want
to select Feature 2, put the
Listen For 1 Clank
Listen For The
And 1 Clink Sounds
engine in RESET, and
2 Clink Sounds
move the throttle up and
down from full throttle to
low two times. After the second advance, you will hear two “clinks"
indicating that the computer is now in Feature 2. Advance the throttle again
and you will hear three “clinks" for Feature 3. Advance it two more times
and you will hear a “clank" indicating that you are now in Feature 5.
Advance the throttle two more times and you will hear a “clank" and two
“clinks" indicating Feature 7. ((5 throttle advancements = 1 clank) + (2
throttle advancements = 2 clinks)). “Clank” + “Clink" + “Clink" = Feature
7. You can advance the throttle as quickly as you like (though you may not
hear the air-release sounds) and the computer will still remember the
number of times the throttle is advanced by playing back the number of
“Clinks" and “Clanks" to confirm the feature you’ve selected.
Remotely Adjusting The Engine Volume - Reset Feature 6-(1
Clank, 1 Clink)
Reset 6 allows you to change the volume setting of the motor sounds
without effecting the volume of other sounds, such as the horn, bell, cab
chatter, etc. To use, cycle to Reset Feature 6 and press the Horn/Whistle
button. A single bell
In RESET Mode
will play, and the chuff
Move The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Reach The
will begin at the current
High Voltage To Low
Setting You Desire
6 Times
volume. Each time the
Horn/Whistle button is
H
pressed, a bell will
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 1 Clank
sound and the volume
To “Lock-In”
And 1 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
setting will cycle down
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to the next level. The levels available are 100%, 50%, 25%, and 0%. After
0%, pressing the horn/whistle button again will return the motor sounds to
100%. When the desired level is reached, lock the changes by interrupting
the throttle and cycling the engine into forward.
Programming For Squeaking Brake Operation- Reset Feature
45 (9 Clanks, 0 Clinks)
Reset Feature 45 allows you to determine if and how the Squeaking Brakes
recording will be activated. To use, cycle to Reset Feature 45 and press the
Horn/Whistle button. The engine will play a series of bells. This indicates
the current setting. Each time the Horn/Whistle button is pressed,
Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next available setting and provide the
appropriate bell indicator. The settings for Reset Feature 45 are 1 Bell = On
Demand (Enabled when PFA is activated), 2 Bells = Always On, 3 Bells =
Off. When the desired setting is reached, lock the changes by interrupting
the throttle and cycling
In RESET Mode
the engine into forward.
Move The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Programming For
Horn In Neutral
Operation - Reset
Feature 25 (5 Clanks)
Up & Down From
High Voltage To Low
45 Times
Until You Hear The
Appropriate # Of Dings
H
Interrupt The Throttle
To “Lock-In”
The Brake Setting
Listen For 9 Clank
And 0 Clink Sounds
Reset Feature 25 allows
you to operate the Horn while the engine is in the Neutral state. When ON,
pressing the Horn/Whistle button while in Neutral, with 10V AC or less on
the track, will cause the Horn recording to sound. To use, cycle to Reset 25
and press the Horn/Whistle button. The engine will play a series of bells.
This indicates the current setting. Each time the Horn/Whistle button is
pressed, Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next available setting and provide
the appropriate bell indicator. The settings for Reset 25 are 1 Bell = OFF, 2
Bells = ON. When the
desired setting is reached, lock In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
the changes by interrupting
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
25 Times
the throttle and cycling the
engine into forward.
H
Listen For 5 Clank
And 0 Clink Sounds
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Interrupt The Throttle
To “Lock-In”
The Horn Setting
Programming For Proto-Coupler® Operation- Reset Feature 10
(2 Clanks)
Reset Feature 10 allows
you to turn the operation of
In RESET Mode
the ProtoCoupler on or off. Move
The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
When OFF, the coupler
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
10 Times
will not arm or fire from
Neutral. To use, cycle to
H
Reset Feature 10 and press
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 2 Clank
To “Lock-In”
the Horn/Whistle button.
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Coupler Setting
The engine will play a
series of bells. This
indicates the current setting. Each time the Horn/Whistle button is pressed,
Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next available setting and provide the
appropriate bell indicator. The settings for Reset Feature 10 are 1 Bell =
ON, 2 Bells = OFF. When the desired setting is reached, lock the changes
by interrupting the throttle and cycling the engine into forward.
Turning Off Cab Chatter Sounds- Reset Feature 23 (4 Clanks, 3
Clinks)
Reset Feature 23
In RESET Mode
allows you to turn the Move
The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Until You Hear
Up & Down From
operation of the Cab
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
23 Times
Chatter system on or
off. When OFF, the
H
Cab Chatter
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 4 Clank
To “Lock-In”
recordings will not be
And 3 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
played when the
engine is in Neutral.
To use, cycle to Reset 23 and press the Horn/Whistle button. The engine
will play a series of bells. This indicates the current setting. Each time the
Horn/Whistle button is pressed, Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next
available setting and provide the appropriate bell indicator. The settings for
Reset Feature 23 are 1 Bell = ON, 2 Bells = OFF. When the desired setting
is reached, lock the changes by interrupting the throttle and cycling the
engine into forward.
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Programming For Squeaking Brakes And PFA OperationReset Feature 28 ( 5 Clanks, 3 Clinks)
Reset Feature 28 allows you to turn the operation of the PFA sequence on
or off. When OFF, the PFA
will not activate. To use,
In RESET Mode
cycle to Reset Feature 28
Move The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
and press the Horn/Whistle High
Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
28 Times
button. The engine will
play a series of bells. This
H
indicates the current setting.
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 5 Clank
To “Lock-In”
Each time the Horn/Whistle
And 3 Clink Sounds
The PFA Setting
button is pressed,
Proto-Sound® will cycle to
the next available setting
and provide the appropriate bell indicator. The settings for Reset Feature 28
are 1 Bell = ON, 2 Bells = OFF. When the desired setting is reached, lock
the changes by interrupting the throttle and cycling the engine into forward.
Activating Remote Lock-Out Control- Reset Feature 40 (8 Clanks,
0 Clinks)
Reset Feature 40 allows you to enable the Reverse Unit Lockout feature of
Proto-Sound®s. When enabled, you are able to lock the engine to run in
only one of the directional states (Forward, Neutral or Reverse) whenever
power is applied. The most common use for locking out an engine is in the
use of power blocks on a layout. To use, cycle to Reset Feature 40 and press
the Horn/Whistle button. The engine will play a series of bells. This
indicates the current setting. Each time the Horn/Whistle button is pressed,
Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next available setting and provide the
appropriate bell indicator.
The settings for Reset
Feature 40 are 1 Bell =
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
OFF, 2 Bells = ON. When
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
the desired setting is
40 Times
reached, lock the changes
H
by interrupting the throttle
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 8 Clank
To “Lock-In”
and cycling the engine into
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Lock-Out Setting
forward.
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Resetting All Proto-Sound® Options To Factory DefaultsReset Feature 18 (3 Clanks, 3 Clinks)
Reset Feature 18 is the most powerful of the Reset features available.
Using Reset Feature 18 allows you to override all changes in programming
and return all Resets to the original, out of the box settings. To use, cycle to
Reset Feature 18 and press the Horn/Whistle button. The engine will play a
distorted bell, followed by a clear bell sound. This indicates that the
Proto-Sound® system has restored all settings to factory default settings.
Lock the changes by interrupting the throttle and cycling the engine into
forward.
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Up & Down From
High Voltage To Low
18 Times
Push The Horn/Whistle Button
Until You Hear
A Warbled Bell Ding
H
Listen For 3 Clank
And 3 Clink Sounds
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Interrupt The Throttle
To “Lock-In”
The Default Setting
OIL & LUBRICATION INSTRUCTIONS
In order for the engine to perform correctly and quietly, it is important that
the chassis be lubricated before operation. Lubrication should include all
truck block bushings and pickup rollers to prevent them from squeaking.
Use light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L" in Fig.
7 below.
Lubricate
Lubricate
Figure 7: Lubricating The Truck
The locomotive’s internal gearing in both power trucks has been greased at
the factory and shouldn’t need additional grease until after 50 hours of
operation or one year whichever comes first. Grease cannot be added to the
internal gearing until the body is removed from the chassis which is held in
place by four Phillips screws. The screws are located on each end of the
chassis’ as seen in Fig. 9 on the following page. After removing the screws,
lift the body away from the chassis and lay the body next to the chassis.
Motor Mount Screw
Grease
Figure 8: Greasing The Power Trucks
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Next, remove the truck blocks from the chassis by unscrewing the large
Phillips motor mount screw on the bottom of each truck block (See Fig. 8).
Once the motor mount screw has been removed, pull the motor away from
the truck block and lightly coat the motor worm gear and bronze drive gear
(in the truck block) with grease. Reassemble the truck and motor, being
careful not to pinch the pickup and ground wires between the truck block
and motor mount. Repeat the procedure for the other motor and truck and
then reassemble the chassis to the body. When reassembling the chassis and
body, be very careful that the lighting wire harnesses are not caught
between the body and chassis as this can lead to a short which may damage
the electronic circuit boards beyond repair.
In addition to the truck block internal gearing, it is a good idea to lubricate
the outside truck block “idler" and “drive" gears with grease. Use the
diagram shown in Fig. 7. above as a guide and add grease to the points
marked with a “G".
Periodically, check the locomotive wheels and pickups for dirt buildup as
this can significantly affect the engine’s ability to perform properly. Dirty
track and dirty wheels can cause both poor electrical contact as well as poor
traction, especially on elevated track sections. Finally, dirt and oil build up
can prematurely wear out the neoprene traction tires.
TRACTION TIRE REPLACEMENT
INSTRUCTIONS
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on
each power truck. While these tires are extremely durable and long-lasting
there may arise a time where they will need to be replaced. Should this
occur, you will need to remove the trucks and truck sides on the truck block
from the chassis in order to slip the new tire over the grooved drive wheel.
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screws
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We suggest you follow the disassembly instructions found in the
Lubrication section on the preceding pages to dissemble the chassis and
truck blocks from the body.
Before the new tire can be installed, you must make sure the old tire has
been completely removed from the groove in the drive wheel. Use a razor
blade or small flatblade screwdriver pry away any remains left from the old
tire that may still be in the drive wheel groove. Once the old tire has been
completely removed, slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it
useful to use two small flatblade screwdrivers to assist you in stretching the
tire over the wheel. Be careful to avoid twisting the tire when stretching it
over the wheel. If a twist occurs, the tire will have to be removed and
reinstalled or a noticeable wobble in your engine will occur when operating
the locomotive. In addition, it is important to make sure that the tire is
fully seated inside the groove. Any portion of the tire extending out of the
groove can cause the engine to wobble. A razor blade can be used to trim
away any excess tire that doesn’t seat itself inside the groove properly.
Once the new tire(s) are in place, reassemble the truck sides to the truck
blocks and then reassemble the chassis to the body. Replacement tires are
available directly from MTH Electric Trains.
HEADLIGHT REPLACEMENT
The E-8 locomotive’s headlights are controlled by constant voltage circuits
inside the locomotive body. The headlight(s) can be easily removed from
their lampholders should the bulbs expire. To remove the bulb, follow the
body removal instructions found in the Lubrication section on the
proceeding pages. Once the cab has been separated from the chassis, gently
unplug the bulb’s wiring harness from the socket on the constant voltage
circuit. Replacement bulbs are available directly from MTH Electric
Trains.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING PROTOSOUND®
PROBLEMS
Although ProtoSound® has been designed and engineered for ease of use,
some questions may arise during initial operation. The following table
should answer most questions. If you find that your problem can’t be
resolved with this manual, contact MTH ProtoSound Electronics (7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-381-2580) for
additional assistance.
HORN PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The horn seems distorted at low voltages.
Your battery may be undercharged or dead. Try
recharging the battery as explained in the battery
sections.
When I press the whistle button, the bell comes on
instead.
You are trying to operate the horn in neutral. The horn
will only operate in Forward or Reverse unless you
program ProtoSounds through Feature 25. See the
instructions in the section entitled “Using RESET to
Program ProtoSounds”.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I press the whistle
button.
You may be pressing the whistle button too quickly.
Most older AC transformers contain a two--step whistle
button that releases a DC signal onto the track. It is
this DC signal that tells the horn to blow. However,
because the signal is weaker when the whistle button
is depressed fully, the ProtoSound circuit may not
recognize the signal. Try pressing the whistle button
slower, taking approximately 1 second to fully depress
the button.
BELL PROBLEMS
REMEDY
When I press the whistle button to activate the bell, the
horn sounds.
You are trying to ring the bell in Forward or Reverse.
The bell only operates in Neutral unless you have
programmed ProtoSounds to recognize a separate bell
button.
When I press the whistle button to activate the bell, I
arm the coupler.
Reduce the voltage on the transformer before pressing
the whistle button to activate the bell. The bell will only
come on at 8 volts or less.
When I press the whistle button to activate the bell, the
bell only rings once.
You are trying to ring the bell in RESET instead of
neutral. Interrupt the power twice to enter Neutral, set
the voltage at 8 volts or less and press the whistle
button to activate the bell.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I press the whistle
button.
You may be pressing the whistle button too quickly.
See the 3rd remedy in the horn section above.
The bell won’t work with a separate bell button.
ProtoSounds must be programmed in order for a
separate bell button to function. Enter RESET function
number 20 (see the section entitled “Using RESET to
Program ProtoSounds”) and press the whistle button
until the bell sounds two dings. Simply turn the throttle
off and then on again to lock in the new setting.
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COUPLER PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The ProtoCoupler won’t let the engine uncouple on the
“Fly”.
The power required to fire the coupler open when the
engine is on the “Fly” may be greater than the
ProtoSound system is capable of providing. As a
result, you may experience times when the coupler
won’t fire open. Unfortunately, the only solution is to
stop the engine and fire the coupler in Neutral. If that
doesn’t resolve the problem, try lubricating the coupler
knuckle and rivet as explained in the ProtoCoupler
Operation section.
I can’t get the coupler to arm or fire open when I press
the whistle button.
You may be pressing the whistle button too quickly.
See the third remedy in the horn section above.
Another possibility is that ProtoSounds has been
programmed to turn the coupler function off. See the
section entitled “Using RESET to Program
ProtoSounds”
Only one coupler will function when I press the whistle
button.
Only one coupler can operate at any one time. Use
the coupler selection switch on the bottom of the
chassis to choose which coupler you want active.
DIESEL START/CAB CHATTER
REMEDY
Sometimes the diesel start sounds don’t occur when I
first turn power on.
Occasionally the diesel engine start up sounds may
not occur when power is turned back on within 5
seconds of being shut off. Wait 10 -- 15 seconds
before repowering.
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds don’t play.
The Cab Chatter sounds only play in neutral and
ProtoSounds may be programmed to turn thesounds
off. See the section entitled “Using RESET to
Program ProtoSounds”
LOCKOUT PROBLEMS
REMEDY
I can’t get the engine to run after I power up the
transformer. It sits still with the diesel compressor
sounds running.
The engine is locked out into the Neutral position.
Follow the unlocking procedures in the Lockout
Section.
The engine won’t lock out into Forward, Neutral or
Reverse even after the short horn blast sounds.
You are waiting too long to turn the throttle back on
after the short horn blast sounds. The power must be
turned back on immediately after the short horn blast
sounds or the engine will go back into RESET. See
the lockout procedure in the Lockout Section.
VOLUME PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The diesel volume has been programmed at a reduced
volume or to be silent. Go to RESET Feature 6 and
When I try to run the engine, the diesel volume is OFF
adjust the volume. See the section entitled “Using
or very low.
RESET to Program ProtoSounds” for more
information.
When I try to set the diesel volume, it resets itself to
the original volume after I selected the new volume.
You are trying to set the volume with a poorly charged
or dead backup battery. See the section on Battery
Backup for more information.
When I try to set the Diesel Volume to O Volume, I still
hear the cab chatter sounds.
When the diesel volume is set to O, you will hear the
Cab Chatter sounds because setting the diesel volume
only controls the sound of the diesel engine itself. All
other sounds, including Cab Chatter, the horn and bell
will continue to play at the volume level set by the
manual volume control knob located on the bottom of
the chassis. See the section entitled “ProtoSound
Volume Adjustment” for more information.
The sounds seem distorted, especially when the
whistle or bell is activated.
The overall ProtoSound volume has been set to high
creating the distorted sounds. Try turning the volume
control knob located on the bottom of the chassis
counter clockwise to reduce the overall volume level.
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BATTERY PROBLEMS
REMEDY
I get no sounds when the engine shifts between the
direction states.
The battery may be dead or needs charging. See the
Battery Backup section for more information.
After I turn off my transformer, my engine continues to
make sounds before quitting with a ding of its bell.
ProtoSounds continues to sound for approximately 10
seconds after power to the track has been shut off.
The sounds distort at low voltages.
The battery is insufficiently charged or dead. Follow
the recharging instructions found in the section entitled
“Self Recharging Battery Backup System”.
A repeating horn blast occurs after the power has
been shut down.
The battery is insufficiently charged or dead. Follow
the recharging instructions found in the section entitled
“Self Recharging Battery Backup System”.
RESET PROBLEMS
REMEDY
When I first turn the power on, the engine will not
begin to run. I have to turn the throttle off and then on
again to get the engine to operate.
This is normal behavior. When power to the track is
first turned on, ProtoSounds enters a “RESET” phase
at which time the engine undergoes a system check.
Power must be interrupted to get the engine into the
Forward Phase. See the section entitled “DCRU
Reverse Unit Operation” for more information.
Whenever I interrupt the power from RESET to enter
Forward, the engine goes back into RESET instead of
Forward. I know this occurs because the bell dings
twice.
Whenever ProtoSounds enters RESET after power
has been off for more than 15 seconds, the
microprocessor initiates a system check to determine
that everything is in working order. This system check
requires 2.2 seconds to complete during which time
the engine will play the diesel startup sounds. We
recommend that you don’t interrupt the power in
RESET until the diesel startup sounds have
completed. This will guarantee that the system check
will have been completed since the startup sounds
take longer than 2.2 seconds to play. If the problem
persists, we recommend that you operate the throttle
with a slower movement as you interrupt the power in
RESET and enter the Forward Phase
BRAKE SOUND PROBLEMS
REMEDY
When the transformer is throttled down, the sounds
won’t play.
The brake features has not been activated. See the
section on activating the brake feature for more
information.The throttle voltage setting on the
transformer is either not starting high enough or
ending low enough to trigger the brakes sounds. Try
increasing the throttle setting to 14 volts or higher
before throttling down to 8 volts or less.
The brake sounds continue to play even after the
engine stops.
The brake feature sound record lasts for three
seconds. With practice you can control how quickly
you should stop the engine to keep it in sequence with
the sound of the brake’s squeaking.
The brake feature was activated in neutral after the
engine was running in forward, but the brake sounds
would not play when triggered after the engine went
back into forward or reverse.
The brake feature will only remain enabled if it is
triggered in the first direction state you enter after
activating the feature in neutral. You cannot interrupt
the power twice to enter another direction state and
still have the brake feature active. Therefore, in order
to make the brake sound feature operate in forward,
you must first activate the feature in the neutral
position that occurs after the engine was in the reverse
state.
After you trigger the brake sounds, you cannot stop
the engine in neutral and leave the track power on
After triggering the brake sound and stopping the
without activating the passenger station sounds. If you
engine in neutral, the engine begins making passenger don’t want to hear the passenger station sounds after
station sound effects.
entering neutral, turn the power off for three seconds
to disable the passenger station sound effects.
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PFA PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The PFA feature does not begin even after stopping
the engine and hearing the brake sounds.
The power was not turned back on once the engine
enter the neutral state thus disabling PFA.The
transformer throttle was interrupted too quickly in
neutral thus disabling PFA. Leave the throttle on in
neutral until after the PFA arrival message plays.
The PFA sound effects occasionally repeat
themselves.
ProtoSounds has a built--in random number generator
that randomly selects each sound clip to play.
Because there are only a total of 8 sound clips
available in each PFA event, it is probable that a
sound can occasionally be repeated one or more
times.
Once in PFA, the engine never goes in reverse.
So that the passenger station sound effects and
operation is as realistic as possible, ProtoSounds
disables the reverse unit state whenever PFA is
enabled. This way the engine never goes into reverse
as the operator cycles through the various PFA
events.
When the engine enters PFA event 5, the bell
automatically comes on.
PFA has a built--in command to turn on the bell when
the system enters Event 5. After approximately 15
rings of the bell, it automatically will turn off.
Whenever PFA is enabled, pressing the whistle and
bell buttons has no affect.
Because PFA must control various effects in each PFA
event, the bell and whistle functions are disabled until
either the PFA events have been completed, or the
engine is shut down for 3 or more seconds.
I can’t get PFA to begin when the engine is stopped in
the neutral position.
It is possible that PFA was never enabled or has been
disabled. Try reactivating the feature by holding down
the bell button for three or more seconds.
PROTOSOUND RESET FEATURE CHART
The following chart lists the available features found in your ProtoSound
equipped locomotive. The default settings for each feature as well as the
operation sequence of the feature are listed in separate columns. You can
reset all features to their original factory settings by accessing Feature 18 in
RESET and press and hold the transformer whistle button until you hear a
soft, warbled bell sound.
RESET #
OPERATION
DEFAULT
CLANKS/CLINKS
6
Engine Volume
Full Volume
1 Clank/5 Clinks
10
Coupler ON/OFF
Coupler ON
2 Clanks/0 Clinks
18
Reset Default Settings
20
Remote Bell Button
Bell Button Active
4 Clanks/0 Clinks
23
Cab Chatter
Cab Chatter ON
4 Clanks/3 Clinks
25
Whistle In Neutral
Whistle In Neutral OFF
5 Clanks/0 Clinks
27
Chuff Rate
Full Chuff Range
5 Clanks/2 Clinks
28
Brake/PFA Enabled
Brake/PFA ON
5 Clanks/3 Clinks
40
Lockout Enabled
Lockout OFF
8 Clanks/0 Clinks
45
Squeaking Brakes
Brakes Always ON
9 Clanks/0 Clinks
3 Clanks/3 Clinks
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TRANSFORMER WIRING CHART
ProtoSounds® is designed to work with any standard AC transformer that
uses a “Pure Sine-Wave" format. The chart below lists the many Lionel®
compatible transformers, such as the Lionel KW or ZW models. In
addition, the chart details how the terminals on these compatible
transformers should be attached to your layout. The Trainmaster system
from Lionel® (marked with an asterisk below) will not function correctly
with ProtoSounds without disrupting the sound effects. Therefore,
whenever ProtoSounds senses that the Trainmaster system is being used, it
automatically disables ProtoSound’s sound effects. The operator retains
control over the engine, but no sound effects will play.
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
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
Cab-1/Powerma
st er
A
U
0-18v
135V.A.
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
MRC Tech II
Left Terminal
2nd From Left
0-15v*
40V.A.
Electronic
Lionel MW (not
recommende d)
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v*
50V.A.
Electronic
R.O.W.
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-24v
384-Watt
Standard
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 or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
MTH Z4000
Red
Black
5-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
*ProtoSounds needs over 14 volts of power to work properly. Overloading or using in-line
accessories with this transformer may lower the peak voltage below ProtoSound’s
requirements.
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O-31 OPERATION
While the MTH E-8 diesel is more than capable of operating on O-31
curves and switches, you may find that certain light freight cars are prone to
derailing when being pulled or pushed by the MTH E-8 through O-31
switches. Should this occur, we suggest adding weight to the cars making
them heavier and less likely to derail.
WARNING:
When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be
followed including the following:
-- Read this and all related manuals (transformer/power supply,
locomotive, etc.) thoroughly before using this device.
-- This device is not recommended for children under eight years of age
without adult supervision.
-- MTH recommends parents examine the toy transformer used to power
this device periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire,
electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary or output
cord, plug blades, housing or other parts (including proper functioning of
the circuit breaker), and that, in an event such conditions exist, the
transformer should not be used until properly repaired.
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SERVICE & WARRANTY INFORMATION
HOW TO GET SERVICE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
For warranty repair, do not return your product to the place of purchase unless it was
purchased from Mike’s Train House in Columbia, MD. Instead, follow the instructions below
to obtain warranty service as our dealer network is not prepared to service the product under
the terms of this warranty.
1. First, write, call, email or FAX MTH Electric Trains, 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-381-2580 (FAX No.
410-423-0009), or on the internet at service@mth-railking.com or our web
site, www.mthtrains.com, stating which product you have, when it was
purchased and what seems to be the problem. You will be given a return
authorization number to assure that your merchandise will be properly
handled upon its receipt at MTH.
2. CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory
packaging including its foam and plastic wrapping material so as to prevent
damage to the merchandise. The shipment must be prepaid and we
recommend that it be insured. A cover letter, including your name, address,
daytime phone number, a copy of your sales receipt, the Return
Authorization number and a full description of the problem, must be
included to facilitate the repairs. Please include the description regardless
of whether or not you discussed the problem with one of our service
technicians when contacting MTH for your Return Authorization number.
3. Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any
merchandise for service.
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
This item is warranted for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship. We will repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for
parts or labor, if the item is returned to the address below within one year of the original date
of purchase. This warranty does not cover items that have been abused or damaged by careless
handling. Transportation costs incurred by the customer are not covered under this warranty.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary from
state to state.
ProtoSounds® is a trademark of MTH Electric Trains. DCRU® is a registered copyright of
QS Industries, Inc. Lionel® and Railsound® are registered trademarks of Lionel L.L.C.