M.T.H. Premier J1e 4-6-4 HudsonSteam Locomotive Operator`s manual

Premier J1e Hudson
Steam Locomotive
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Compatibility
This engine is available in 2-rail and 3-rail
versions and will operate on any traditional
track system with the following minimum
curvature.
With 12 Wheel Tender
3-rail = O-42 Diameter
2-rail = 36" Radius
With PT Tender
3-rail = O-72 Diameter
2-rail = 54" Radius
This engine is also compatible with most AC &
DC transformers.(See pages 24 and 25 for a
complete list of compatible transformer and
wiring instructions)
Passenger Station Announcement
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
Table of Contents
Configuring Locomotive for 2-Rail or 3-Rail Operation.................................
Installing/Removing Pickup Rollers.......................................................
Configuring for 2-rail or 3-rail power input...........................................
Ensuring Proper Power to Track Polarity...............................................
Changing Track Polarity Inside Locomotive.........................................
Locomotive Coupler Options.................................................................
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Set Up Checklist...................................................................................................
Lubrication.............................................................................................
Priming The Smoke Unit.......................................................................
Checking The Battery............................................................................
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Basic Operation.................................................................................................... 9
Activating Features................................................................................ 9
Manual Volume Control......................................................................... 10
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions...........................................................
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features....................
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA).............................................
Proto-Coupler® Operation....................................................................
Speed Control........................................................................................
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction..................................................
Reset To Factory Default.......................................................................
Automatic Sound Effects.......................................................................
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Maintenance.........................................................................................................
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions...................................................
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track..................................................
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions.................................................
Headlight Replacement Instructions......................................................
Self Charging Battery Back-Up.............................................................
ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation................................................................
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems.......................................
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart.......................................
Recommended DC Power Supplies.......................................................
Additional Features Accessible Of DCS Remote Control System........
Service & Warranty Information...........................................................
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CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult supervision with children ages 10 - 16.
As with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the hobby transformer and other electronic equipment
periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary
cord, plug blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist, the train set should not be used until
properly repaired.
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Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
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This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
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Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
Configuring Locomotive for
2-Rail or 3-Rail Operation
Installing/Removing 3-Rail Pickup Rollers
Both 2-Rail and 3-Rail versions of
this locomotive can be configured to
opperate on either 2-rail or 3-rail
track by removing or adding the
center rail pickups. 3-rail rack
operation requires the pickups, 2-ral
track operation does not. The
pickups are factory installed on 3rail versions and packaged seperately
in the locomotive box for 2-rail
versions. Each pickup roller installs
with a single phillips screw seen in
Figure 1.
Figure 1: 3-Rail Pickups installed with a single Phillips Screw
Configuring for 2-Rail or 3-Rail Power Input
Once you have configured the engine for 2-rail or 3-rail operation, you must
manually select the power input switch. The 2-rail/3-rail switch is located under
the tender, as shown in Figure 2.
PT Tender
2-Rail/3-Rail switch
12 Wheel Tender
2-Rail/3-Rail switch
Figure 2: Selecting 2-rail or 3-rail power input setting
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Ensuring Proper Power to Track Polariy
For 2-rail DCS operation, it is important that the polarity from the transformer to the
engine is properly configured. Correct polarity can be accomplished by ensuring that the
wiring from the TIU to the track and orientation of the locomotive when sitting on the
track follows the illustration in Figure 3.
To TIU Black Terminal
To TIU Red Terminal
Figure 3: Proper 2-Rail polarity wiring and locomotive orientation
Changing Track Polarity Inside the Locomotive
Failing to properly configure the polarity will result in the locomotive
starting in reverse instead of forward or not receiving the DCS signal.
Should this occur, it is not necessary to swap the wires from the
transformer to the track or reverse the locomotive’s orientation on the
track itself. Instead, simply slide the polarity switch located under the
tender as seen in Figure 4.
PT Tender
DCS Polarity Switch
12 Wheel Tender
DCS Polarity Switch
Figure 4: Changing the polarity with the locomotive polarity switch
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Tender Couplers
2-rail locomotive models do not
come with a rear coupler since many
2-rail enthusiasts may utilize different
coupler types on their 2-rail
locomotives and cars. Each tender
does have pre-drilled holes for use
when installing a Kadee® scale
coupler as seen in Figure 5. Follow
the individual coupler installation
instructions when installing another
manufacturer’s coupler system.
Figure 5: Pre-drilled Kadee® Coupler mounting holes
Proto-Coupler Installation
Owners of 2-rail models who intend to run
this locomotive on a 3-rail layout may wish
to use the M.T.H. Proto-Coupler so that
they may enjoy the remote uncoupling
anywhere on the layout.
A Proto-Coupler and the necessary
mounting hardware are included in the
packaging with each 2-rail locomotive. The
wire harness in the tender is prewired with
a plug-in connection for the Proto-Coupler.
To install the Proto-Coupler on a 2-rail
tender, follow the step by step instruction
listed below.
- First remove the Kadee Coupler
Mounting Plate from the bottom of the
tender chassis.
- Next remove the shell from the tender by
removing the 6 body screws and then
unplug
The wire harness between the shell and the
chassis.
- Remove the 3 screws that secure the
speaker. The speaker can be unplugged and
set aside until it is needed for reassembly.
Figure 6: 3-Rail Proto-Coupler
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CAUTION - Keep the speaker away from screws and other small pieces of
magnetic material. The speaker has a very strong magnet that can attack small
pieces of metal. These small pieces of metal can become lodged in the speaker
cone and cause distortion of the speaker sound.
- Next remove the rear truck by removing the bolster screw in the chassis.
The Proto-Coupler can now be attached to the truck by inserting the T-Bar
through the hole in the Proto-Coupler then through the hole in the rear of the
truck. Make sure the cross bars on the T are seated in the valleys of the ProtoCoupler.
- Next slide the spring over the T-Bar.
- Compress the spring, add the washer and secure them by inserting the Cclip in the groove at the end of the T-Bar.
- Reattach the truck to the tender chassis by inserting the bolster screw.
- Install the speaker and plug it into the white connector.
- Plug the Proto-Coupler to the black connector provided.
- Reconnect the wire harness between the tender chassis and the tender shell.
- Reattach the tender shell. Remember that the front step piece goes on the
outside of the chassis.
When power is applied to the engine the Proto-Coupler can be operated
anywhere on the layout. To operate the coupler in the command mode, press
the rear coupler button on the DCS remote each time you want the coupler to
open.
To operate the coupler in the conventional mode, the coupler can be opened by
quickly pressing the Bell Button and Horn Button (1 Bell and 3 Horns) on a Z4000 or compatible Toy Train Transformer. Refer to the Proto-Sound 2.0
Operating Instructions on page 11.
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Set Up Checklist
•Lubricate the locomotive
•Prime the smoke unit
•Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
•Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operating Section of this manual
Lubrication
You should lubricate the engine to prevent it from squeaking. Use light
household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig. 1. Do not
over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate Side Rods and Linkage (L) (Both Sides)
Lubricate
Lubricate Axle Bushings (L)
Lubricate Pick Up Rollers (L)
Figure 7: Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Priming the Smoke Unit
Smoke Switch
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20
drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack. We recommend M.T.H.
ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS fluids.
Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak
out and coat the interior engine components.
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have
already added the fluid but choose to run
smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit switch
located on top of the tender (see Fig. 8).
Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to
turn it off may damage the smoke unit
heating element and/or wicking material.
12 Wheel Tender
Smoke Switch
PT Tender
Figure 8: Smoke Unit Switch Location
(Inside Tender Hatches)
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Placing The Engine On The Track
Your Engine is equipped with a tetherless drawbar. There is no unsightly cable or box
showing between the engine and tender to detract from the appearance of the model. The
electrical connections pass through conductors within 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
tender on the track. Then position the tender over the drawbar and insert the drawbar pin
into the hole in the drawbar. Now grasp the tender with both hands as shown in Fig.9A
and place a finger on each side of the drawbar near the connector. With your fingers on
the drawbar, push the drawbar connector up into place. The connector will make a slight
click when the connector is properly seated.
Figure 9b
Figure 9a
Plug Tender Plug into
Boiler Socket at back of cab.
To disconnect the engine and tender apply downward until the connector separates.
The drawbar is able to withstand a 90 twist, such as might be experienced in a derailment
and turnover of the engine or the tender.
If the drawbar connector is not properly seated when power is applied to the engine, you
may some of the following malfunctions.
- The lights do not light or only some lights light.
- The smoke unit does not function
- The engine will not move when the reverse unit is cycled.
If this happens, turn off the track power and make sure that the drawbar connector is
properly connected. Then reapply the track power.
Checking the Battery
You may find, if your locomotive was built several months before you set it up, that the
rechargeable battery has run down and needs to be charged before operating. If you
notice that the sounds are garbled, test and charge the engine as described in the "SelfCharging Battery Back-Up" on page 20.
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Basic Operation
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel. Turn the throttle knob up ½way, until the engine and caboose lights shine bright. Put the engine into motion by
pressing the Direction button on your transformer once. (hold it for approximately 1
second)
If the engine does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction button, you
may not have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move. Turn the throttle
up a bit higher until the train begins to move.
Activating Features
Throttle To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the throttle
control knob. Turning clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning
counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. The engine will maintain the speed you
set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to change the voltage and speed.
Bell - To sound the bell, in an engine equipped with a bell firmly press and release the Bell
button. To turn the bell off, press and release the Bell button again. The bell will continue
to ring from the time you turn it on until you press and release the button again to turn it
off.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The whistle
will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will stop when you release
the button.
Automatic Grade Crossing Signal DCS Mode Only - Customers that operate this
engine in DCS will find a new feature added to the engine sound set. Now there is a soft
key (SXS) that sounds the correct 2 longs, a short and another long whistle blast to
announce that the train is approaching a grade crossing.
To sound the grade crossing signal, locate the soft keys at the top of the DCS Remote.
Scroll to the left until SXS acronym is showing.
A single push and release of the SXS soft key will produce the correct 2 longs, a short and
another long whistle blast of the Grade Crossing Signal.
Anytime you want to sound the Grade crossing Signal just press and release the SXS soft
key.
Direction Your train is programmed to start in neutral.
The train will always cycle neutral-forward-neutral-reverse
with each press and release of the direction button. The
engine is programmed to restart in neutral before forward
each time the track voltage is turned off for 25 seconds
or more.
Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
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Forward
Neutral
Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn the master volume control
knob located under the left water hatch on the tender deck clockwise to increase the
volume and counter-clockwise to decrease the volume.
Volulme Adjustment Knob
12 Wheel Tender
Volume Adjustment Knob
PT Tender
Figure 10: Manually Adjusting the Volume
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Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in conventional
mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode features accompany the DCS
Remote Control System equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and Hor n button pushes
described below. Please read the full descriptions of each feature before using it. To use
these buttons to activate features rather than to blow the horn or ring the bell, you should
tap the buttons very quickly with a ½-second pause between button presses. You may
need to practice your timing to make this work smoothly.
Timing Chart
Press
Horn
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Feature to Be Activated
Button Code:
FYS/PSA
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Reset to Factory Defaults
1 Bell, 2 Horns
1 Bell, 3 Horns
1 Bell, 4 Horns
1 Horn, 2 Bells (from Neutral only)
1 Horn, 3 Bells
1 Horn, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
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Passenger Station Announcements (FYS/PSA)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of passenger station announcements that
you can play when you pull into a station. 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 PSA sufficient time to run
through each sequence.
•To cue the sound system to play the PSA, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick taps of the Horn button while the engine is moving.
Tap the buttons quickly but allow approximately ½ second between each press.
• Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first
sequence of 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 ProtoSound 2.0 has disabled operator control over the Horn and Bell buttons until
the full 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 PSA.
•After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third
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 PSA sequence.
The PSA will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine and bell will start
and move out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it
was traveling when you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator
regains control of the transformer's bell and Horn buttons and can ring the bell
or blow the Horn as usual.
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Tips on Using PSA
•You can terminate PSA at any time by turning off power to the track for 15 seconds.
•You do not have to be in Forward to use PSA. At the conclusion of the full sequence, the
train will pull away from the station in whatever direction you were going when you
activated the feature.
•You can use PSA even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the second
engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0, you must remember not to leave the throttle
at a high voltage level once you have stopped the engine to run the PSA. Otherwise, the
engine without PSA will begin vibrating on the track as its motors strain to move the train,
since they cannot be automatically disabled during the PSA cycle (or if an original ProtoSound engine, PSA are triggered differently and that engine's motor-disable feature will not
be active when you run PSA in Proto-Sound 2.0).
•PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered while in
motion except that, at the conclusion of the 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 2.0
microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section or modification to your
layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or while in motion. Use the code
shown below (and in the chart on p. 9) to fire the coupler(s).
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, quickly tap the Bell button once followed by three quick taps of
the Horn button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be
released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Rear
= Coupler
Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the Hor n button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse
between each quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play,
and the knuckle will be released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Horn
Front
= Coupler
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Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that allow
the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around curves, much like
an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the run, and the engine will
maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can
opt to turn it off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase
as it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on the
run. Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when speed
control is on than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower power level for
operation with speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments. When speed control is
off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
tranJ1eormer's Horn button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times, allowing
approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will
indicate that the engine has made the change. Repeat the 1 horn, 2 bells code to return it
to the other condition. You will want to do this during the initial neutral upon start-up if
you ever couple this engine to another engine that is not equipped with speed control to
avoid damaging the motors in either engine. Each time you shut down the engine
completely, it will automatically turn speed control on.
Place
Engine into
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it will not change
directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want (or into neutral to lock it into
neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it will move without halting), and quickly but firmly
tap the Horn button once followed by three quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½
second to lapse between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has
made the change. The engine will not change direction (including going into neutral) until you
repeat the 1 horn, 3 bells code to return the engine to its normal condition, even if the engine is kept
without power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
Horn
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Reset to Factory Default
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its factory
defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn button quickly once, followed by five quick taps of
the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sound Effects
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed conventional
mode conditions:
•Squealing Brakes play any time the engine's speed decreases rapidly.
•Cab Chatter plays at random intervals when the engine idles in neutral.
•Engine Start-up and Shut-down sounds play when the engine is initially
powered on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
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Maintenance
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
You should regularly lubricate all side rods, linkage components and pickup
rollers to prevent them from squeaking. Use light household oil and follow
the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig. 7. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop
or two on each pivot point.
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screw
Figure 11: Removing the Body
Pivot Screw
The locomotive’s internal gearing was greased at the factory and should not need
additional grease until after 50 hours of operation or one year, whichever comes first. To
access the gear box and axles, do the following:
1. Turn the engine upside down.
2. Remove the Phillips screws (marked “GREASE”). One is located directly under the
front pick up roller. The other is located in the center of the drive wheels.
3. Use a grease tube dispenser to put a small amount (approx. 1-2 ml.) of lithium-based
grease into the gearbox and axles.
4. Replace the screws.
You should also grease the leading and trailing locomotive truck tongues to enhance their
ability to slide on the chassis. Follow the grease points shown on Fig. 12.
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Lubricating and Greasing Continued
Grease Pivot Point (G)
Grease (G)
Figure 12: Lubricating The Grease Points
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 as well as prematurely wear out the neoprene
traction tires.
Wheels and tires can be cleaned using denatured (not rubbing) alcohol applied with a
cotton swab.
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Tire Traction Replacement Instructions
(3-Rail Version Only)
Your 3-rail locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on the rear set
of flanged drivers. While these tires are extremely durable, you may need to replace them
at some point.
1. Remove the side rods from the wheels in order to slip the new tire over the grooved
drive wheel. Make sure to note the position of all ro ds before removing.
2. Make sure the old tire has been completely removed from the groove in the drive
wheel, using a razor blade or small flathead screwdriver to pry away any remains.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Reinstall the side rods in the same positions as noted. Failure to align rods may cause
binding or damage to the drive system.
One set of replacement tires is packaged with your model. Additional sets are available
directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department ( (Order online: www.mth-railking.com, email: parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
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Headlight Replacement Instructions
The locomotive’s lights are controlled by a constant voltage circuit in the engine. They are
easy to remove and replace when they burn out. See the diagrams and directions below
for instructions on accessing and replacing the light bulbs in this locomotive.
Headlight
Figure 13
Headlight:
The locomotive’s headlight is controlled by a constant voltage circuit in the engine. The
headlight is easy to remove and replace when it burns out. The bulb has a quick
disconnect plug that attaches the bulb harness to a light circuit. Replacement bulbs are
available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
1. Remove boiler shell by removing the 3 Body Mount Screws shown in Figure 13
2. Disconnect wires from inside boiler
3. Unplug light bulb connector
4. Remove smokebox front
5. Remove bulb from headlight shell
6. Install new bulb in reverse order
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Self Charging Battery Backup
The special NiCad 2.4v self-charging battery recharges continuously during train operation
and should last for up to five years. The battery is a dry battery that should not leak or
cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your engine was built, it may
need to be charged right out of the box.
If engine sounds seem distorted or garbled at low voltages or become silent when power
from the transformer is turned off, test the battery to deter mine whether it should be
recharged or replaced.
Test: Put the engine in neutral and leave the track voltage at 10-12 volts (high enough for
the lights toshine brightly and the engine to move steadily) for 15 minutes.
Recharge: If the sounds are improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, the
batteries charge has run down and can be recharged. There are a number of ways you can
do this:
Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts for 6-7 hours so the batteries
can fully recharge (if your engine has a smoke unit, be sure it is turned off).
Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (sold separately) that plugs into a wall outlet and a special
port under the tender water hatch to recharge the batteries overnight without leaving it on
the track. (See figure 15)
Replace: If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, it is
time to replace the batteries. Available through M.T.H. Parts. (See figure 14)
DO NOT substitute alkaline batteries for these NiCad batteries. Using alkaline batteries in
this system will result in damage to the PS 2.0 circuit board and/or the batteries.
Battery Port
PT Tender
Battery Pack
PT Tender
Regular Tender
Figure 15
Battery Port
12 Wheel Tender
Figure 14
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ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
This Premier steam locomotive contains a self-powered 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
a harmless smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack by a small electric fan.
Smoke volume is controlled by the Proto-Sound 2.0 system.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy trouble-free smoke unit operation
for years.
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack (See figure 16). We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS
fluids. Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior engine
components.
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added the fluid but choose to run
smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit switch located under the water hatch on the right
side of the tender (See figure 17). Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to turn it
off may damage the smoke unit heating element and/or wick material.
When the smoke output while running the engine begins to diminish, add another 10-15
drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15 drops of
fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting the wick
soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
Add 15 - 20 Drops
of Smoke Fluid
Smoke Switch
12 Wheel Tender
PT Tender
Figure 16
Figure 17
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Smoke Switch
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 boiler shell
(by removing the body mounting screws shown in Fig. 11 on pg. 16).
Remove Screw to access smoke unit
Inspect Cover
Screws
Figure 18
Once the boiler has been removed, remove the inspection cover (See figure 18). Inspect
the wick; if it is darkly discolored and hard, it should be replaced.
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are available directly from the
M.T.H. Parts Department, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone:
410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use, you may
have some questions during initial operation. The following table should answer most
questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this table, contact M.T.H. for
assistance (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009; service@mth-railking.com, 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Starting Up
Remedy
When I first turn the power on, the engine
will not begin to run.
This is normal behavior. To prevent accidental
high-speed start-ups, Proto-Sound 2.0 is
programmed to start up in neutral anytime track
power has been turned off for several seconds. See
the "Basic Operation" section for more details.
The engine will not start after I press the
You may not be sending enough power to the track
Direction button.
to power the engine. Rotate throttle clockwise to
increase track power.
My engine sounds are distorted and garbled. The battery may have run down, especially if the
engine has been in storage for some time. See the
"Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section of these
instructions for how to test, recharge, and (if
necessary) replace the battery.
Horn
Remedy
I can't get the horn to blow when I press the
Horn button.
Bell
You may be pressing the button too quickly. Try
pressing the Horn button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to fully depress the
button.
Remedy
I can't get the bell to ring when I press the
bell button.
Coupler
You may be pressing the button too quickly. Try
pressing the bell button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to fully depress the
button.
Remedy
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS starts.
The Proto-Coupler won't let the engine
uncouple on the fly.
The coupler does not fire or stay coupled.
The rear coupler does not fire, but coupler
sounds play.
Cab Chatter
You are waiting too long between Horn button
presses. See the timing instructions located at the
beginning of the "Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating
Instructions" section.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle and rivet with
a dry graphite lubricant.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe with
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and let
dry.
Check position of Auxiliary Proto-Coupler
Control Switch. Switch Should be in the “OFF”
position for the rear coupler to fire.
Remedy
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds don't
play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at random
intervals.
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Lock-out
Remedy
I can't get the engine to run after I power up
the tranJ1eormer. It sits still with the diesel
and compressor sounds running.
The engine won't lock into forward, neutral,
or reverse.
Volume
The engine maybe locked into the neutral
position. Follow the procedure in the "Lock into a
Direction" section to unlock the engine's direction.
Engine speed must be below 10 scale mph
(approx. 10 volts or less in conventional mode).
Remedy
The sounds seem distorted, especially when
the Horn or bell is activated.
No Sound
Battery
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too high. Turn the
volume control knob on the bottom of the chassis
counter-clockwise to reduce the volume.
Volume is set too low, adjust volume control knob
on the bottom of the chassis clockwise to increase
the volume or check connector to speaker.
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial neutral
setting.
I get no sounds when the engine shifts
between directions.
After I turn off my tranJ1eormer, my engine
continues to make sounds before quitting.
Check to be sure the battery is installed and fully
charged. See the "Self-Charging Battery BackUp" section.
The battery may be dead or need to be charged.
See the "Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to continue to sound
for a few seconds after power to the track has
been shut off to allow for a more realistic shutdown.
PSA
Remedy
Once in PSA, the engine doesn’t go into
reverse.
So that PSA effects can be as realistic as
possible, Proto-Sound 2.0 disables the
reversing unit whenever PSA is enabled.
This way the engine remains still at its stop
as the operator cycles through the PSA
sequences.
PSA is programmed to start ringing the bell
at that point. After approximately 12
seconds, it will automatically turn off.
Because PSA must control various effects in
each sequence, Proto-Sound 2.0 takes
control of these sound effects until you exit
PSA
Each PSA clip must play for aprox. 30
seconds before PSA will advance to the next
step in the PSA cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each PSA sound clip before
pressing the direction button.
When the PSA enters its last sequence the
bell automatically comes on
When PSA is enabled, pressing the whistle
and bell has no effect
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not play or
the engine does not come out of PSA after
fourth press of the direction button.
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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard AC transformers. The chart
below lists the many compatible tranJ1eormers. 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.
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
TranJ1eormer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-14v
80-Watt
0-18v
100-Watt
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
Lionel 1032
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1032M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1033
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1044
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1053
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300-Watt
Electronic
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
Lionel Post-War
Celebration
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
Common
0-20v
135/190 Watt
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
*Conventional Mode Only
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Recommended DC Power Supplies
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard DC power supplies and
AC transformers. The following charts lists the recommended DC and AC
transformers. Note that many of the AC operational commands described in
these instructions require a bell button, so if your AC 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. DC transformers employing PWM (pulse
width modulation) should not be used with the separately sold DCS system.
Transformer
Model
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
MRC
Controlmaster 20
0-20v
100 Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS5
0-20v
100 Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS10G
0-20v
180 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWerks
Magnum 15
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWerks
Magnum 200
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWerks
Magnum 400
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWerks
Magnum 1000
0-24v
300 Watt
Electronic
LGB Jumbo
50101
0-24v
240 Watt
Electronic
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Transformer
Type
Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System (Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields wonderfully
realistic sound and several train control features, command mode operation allows the
user to access a world of command functions never before accessible to O Gauge
railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control System (including a DCS
remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain many advanced features, including:
•DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in scale
miles per hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows operator to set
maximum speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
•ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke each
engine outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
•Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker and
interior lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
•Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but does
not turn off the power
•One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all DCScontrolled locomotives' user-defined actions, including sound, lights, and smoke
•Proto-Dispatch Operation-Public Address-like feature allows users to speak
through locomotive speaker during operation
•Proto-Cast-Allows users to play audio recordings through locomotive
speaker during operation
•Proto-Doppler Sound Effects Set Up-Users can configure locomotive for
Doppler Operation, including setting distance points for Doppler start, repeat,
and stop modes
•Independent Volume Control of Engine Sounds, Bell, Horn & Whistle for
each Locomotive
•Control up to 50 different DCS-Equipped Locomotives at one time with
multiple TIUs
•Proto-Effects™ Set Up-User can select individual Proto-Effects™ operations
to be active or inactive, including cab chatter, train wreck sounds, coupler
sounds, and wheel clickety-clack sounds
•Direction Control Set Up-User can set initial individual start-up direction
(start in forward or reverse) for double-heading operations
•Locomotive Consist Set-up-User can determine locomotive values for
consist make-ups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to
operate together
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Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard operation and
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. Train Merchant are covered by this
warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 410-381-2580 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train
Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and
traction tires. We will repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for the parts or labor,
if the item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized
Service Center (NASC) within one year of the original date of purchase. This warranty does not cover
damages caused by improper care, handling, or use. Transportation costs incurred by the customer are not
covered under this warranty.
Items sent for repair must be accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the problem,
and a copy of the original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant, which gives the
date of purchase. If you are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for
their 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