premier 4-4-2 atlantic e-6 steam engine operating instructions

premier 4-4-2 atlantic e-6 steam engine operating instructions
PREMIER 4-4-2 ATLANTIC E-6
STEAM ENGINE
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
This Premier 4-4-2 Atlantic E-6 Steamer features a die-cast boiler and tender and
operates on O-31 track. This Premier Steam Engine contains state-of-the-art electronics
with many built-in automatic features for incredibly realistic operation. Despite these
advanced features, the locomotive is easy to operate with any compatible standard AC
transformer that is equipped with whistle and bell buttons (see the compatibility chart on
page 21), and is compatible with most other 3-rail locomotives, rolling stock, and
accessories.
This locomotive is equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 with Digital Command System
(DCS). This new system will allow you to operate your locomotive in Command mode
(when used with the DCS Remote Control System, sold separately) or Conventional
mode. Conventional operating features are described in the following pages, while the
DCS operating features are covered in the set of operating instructions that
accompanies the DCS equipment. Conventional Mode operation of this locomotive is
much simpler than operation of original Proto-Sound engines. For your own safety and
that of your equipment, please read the instructions before you operate this engine.
Table of Contents
Set Up
Basic Operation
Transformer Controls
Throttle
Volume Control
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operation
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA)
Tips on Using PSA
Proto-Coupler® Operation
Speed Control
Lock into a Direction State
Reset to Factory Defaults
Automatic Sounds
Maintenance
ProtoSmoke Unit Operation
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions
Locomotive Traction Tire Replacement
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement
Self-Charging Battery Back-Up
Troubleshooting
Compatibility
Transformer Compatibility Chart
Additional Features with DCS Remote Control System
Safety Precautions
Service and Warranty Information
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Set Up
There are a couple of simple steps you must take before operating this Premier
steamer.
1. Although the engine was lubricated at the factory, you should lubricate all
side rods and linkage components and pickup rollers to prevent them from
squeaking. Use light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked
“L” in Fig. 6 on pg. 12. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot
point
2. Prime the operating smoke unit with smoke fluid before operating. Add
15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the smokestack (see Fig. 3), then gently
blow into the stack to eliminate any air bubbles in the fluid.
3. If you choose not to prime the unit with fluid, turn the smoke unit switch
located under the engine to the OFF position (see Fig. 4). Running the
engine without a primed smoke unit may cause damage. See the
“ProtoSmoke Unit Operation” section of this book for more information on
smoke unit maintenance.
4. Place the engine on the track, then insert the reverse unit plug that extends
out of the tender into the receptacle at the back of the boiler cab (Figure 1).
WARNING: DO NOT CONNECT THIS ENGINE TO A TENDER
FROM ANOTHER ENGINE; IT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE.
Look at the bottom of the engine and tender where each will have a
color-coded stamp. If they match you may connect those two pieces; if not,
don’t.
5. Connect the draw bar between the
engine and tender. The draw bar hole
located farthest from the tender is for
applications such as display. The second
hole is for normal operation on O-31
track.
At this point, you are ready to begin
running your engine.
Figure 1. Connect the Tender to the
Engine
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Basic Operation
Throttle – Throttle up the power to your track. Give about 10-14 volts or
enough power so that the engine’s headlight shines brightly. Then put the
engine into motion by either firmly pressing the Direction button on your
transformer or remote once or dropping and advancing the throttle to put the
engine in forward.
Operation Buttons
Use the operation buttons on your transformer or remote as described below.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button.
The horn will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will
stop when you release the button. The whistle has four different endings,
depending on whether you hold the button for less than three seconds, three
seconds, four seconds, or five seconds or longer.
Bell - To sound the bell, firmly press and release the Bell button. To turn the
bell off, press and release the Bell button again. The bell will continue to ring
from the time you turn it on until you press and release the button again to turn
it off.
Direction – Your train is programmed to start in neutral. The first direction
after neutral upon start-up is forward. Firmly press and release the Direction
button to allow the engine to move forward. Just as you must stop your
automobile between forward and reverse, this engine will not go directly from
forward to reverse; it goes into neutral between directions. If the train has
been moving forward, the first press of the Direction button will put the train
from forward into neutral, the second press into reverse, the third press back
into neutral, and the fourth back into forward. To prevent accidental
high-speed start-ups, this engine is programmed to restart in neutral each time
the track voltage is turned off for 25 seconds or more.
Volume Control – To adjust
the volume of all sounds made by
this engine, turn the master
volume control knob located
under the water hatch on the
tender clockwise to increase the
volume and counter-clockwise to
decrease the volume (see Fig. 2).
Proto-Sound 2.0
Volume Adjustment Knob
Figure 2. Manually Adjusting the Proto-Sound
2.0 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.
Because Proto-Sound 2.0 is an all-new system developed by M.T.H.’s own
research and development team, it operates differently from original
Proto-Sound. Most Proto-Sound 2.0 features are automatically enabled, and
the reset state has been eliminated, so there is no need to program features as
with original Proto-Sound. Although the new system is easier to operate than
original Proto-Sound, you should read these instructions thoroughly before
using Proto-Sound 2.0 features in order to prevent harm to yourself or your
equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features:
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and Whistle
button pushes described below. Please read the full descriptions of each
feature before using it. To use these buttons to activate features rather than to
blow the whistle or ring the bell, you should press the buttons for a shorter
time (1/2 second); you may need to practice your timing to make this work
smoothly.
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Passenger Station Announcements (PSA):
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of passenger station
announcements that you can play when you pull into a passenger 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.
1. To cue the sound system to play the PSA, quickly but firmly press the Bell
button once followed by 2 quick presses of the Whistle button while the
engine is moving. As soon as you have keyed in this code, you will hear the
announcement for the upcoming stop and the bell will begin to ring.
2. Press the Direction button or drop and advance the throttle 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 Proto-Sound 2.0 has disabled operator
control over the Whistle and Bell buttons until the full PSA sequence is
complete.
3. After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button again to trigger the second sequence of PSA.
4. After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third
PSA sequence.
5. 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.
You will know it is the final sequence when you hear the “All Aboard!” call.
The bell will begin to chime and within a few seconds, the engine will start
and move out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it
was traveling when you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the
operator regains control of the transformer’s bell and whistle buttons and can
ring the bell or blow the whistle as usual.
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Tips on Using PSA
You can terminate PSA at anytime 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 PSA at all, 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. If the second engine is an original Proto-Sound
engine equipped with PSA, you may choose to disable it when
used in double-heading operations, so you will not experience
competing PSA sounds. To disable PSA in an original
Proto-Sound engine, see the operating instructions for that engine.
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.
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Proto-Coupler® Operation
This locomotive is equipped with a coil-wound Proto-Coupler for remote
uncoupling action. Because the Proto-Coupler is controlled through the
Proto-Sound 2.0 microprocessor, it does not require an uncoupling track
section or modification to your layout to function. You can fire the coupler
from neutral or while in motion. Use the code shown below (and in the chart
on pg. 5) to fire the coupler.
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, press the Bell button once followed immediately by
three pushes of the Whistle button. The sound of the liftbar and air line
depletion will play, and the knuckle will be released.
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.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then press the
transformer’s Whistle button one time then immediately press the Bell button
two times. Two whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the
change. Repeat the 1 whistle, 2 bells code to return it to the other state. 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.
Note: When speed control is turned off, the Proto-Sound 2.0 system will limit
the volume in order to operate more smoothly at lower voltages. Full volume
is restored upon reactivating speed control.
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Lock into a Directional State:
You can lock your engine into a directional state (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 press
the Horn button once followed immediately by three presses of the Bell
button. 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 state, even if
the engine is kept without power for extended periods of time.
Reset to Factory Defaults:
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it
to its factory defaults, while in Neutral press the Whistle button once,
followed immediately by five quick pushes of the Bell button. Two whistle
blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Automatic Sounds:
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed
conventional mode conditions:
Squealing Brakes play any time the engine’s speed decreases rapidly.
Cab Chatter plays at random intervals when the engine idles in neutral.
Engine Start-up and Shut-down sounds play when the engine is initially
powered on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
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Maintenance
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 Fig. 3). 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 leading
truck (see Fig. 4). Failure either to add
fluid to the unit or to turn it off may
damage the smoke unit heating
element and/or wicking material.
Figure 3. Add Smoke through the
Smokestack
Smoke Unit
ON/OFF Switch
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.
Figure 4. Smoke Unit ON/OFF
Switch
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting
the wick soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
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If you experience poor or no smoke output when the smoke unit is on and has
fluid, check the wick to see if it has become hard, blackened, and unabsorbent
around the heating element. Remove the smoke unit inspection cover from the
locomotive’s body (see Fig. 5). After removing the chassis and inspection
cover screws, lift the inspection plate away and inspect the wick. If it is darkly
discolored and hard, it should be replaced.
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are available directly
from the M.T.H. Parts Department
phone: 410-381-2580
e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com
mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532
Smoke Unit
Removal Screw
Smoke Unit
Inspection Screws
Figure 5. Inspecting the Smoke Unit
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Lubrication and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
You should regularly lubricate all side rods and linkage components and
pickup rollers to prevent them from squeaking. Use light household oil and
follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig. 6. Do not over-oil. Use only
a drop or two on each pivot point.
Figure 6. Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
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, do the following:
1. Turn the engine upside down.
2. Remove the Phillips screws (marked “GREASE”) located at each set of
wheels.
3. Use a grease tube dispenser to put a small amount (approx. 1-2 ml.) of
lithium-based grease into the gearbox.
4. Replace the screw.
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. 7.
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.
Body Mounting Screws
Lubricate Pivot Point (G)
Body Mounting Screws
Grease Screw (G)
Body Mounting Screw
(Through Hole in the Leading Truck)
Figure 7. Location of Body Mount Screws and Greasing Points on the Locomotive
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Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on the
rear set of flanged drivers. While these tires are extremely durable, 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 rods 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 included with your model. Additional sets are
available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
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Light Replacement Instructions
The locomotive’s lights are controlled by a constant voltage circuit in the
engine. See the diagrams and directions below for instructions on accessing
and replacing the light bulbs in this locomotive.
You can obtain replacement bulbs directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department
(phone: 410-381-2580; e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532)
Headlight and Marker Lights:
Headlight Bulb:
1. Remove the boiler shell from the chassis as shown in figure 7 on page 12.
2. Open the smoke box door by pulling on the railing of the smoke box door.
3. Remove the two screws attaching the headlight shell and bracket to the
boiler.
4. Locate and unplug the headlight wires from the connector.
5. Remove the light bulb from the rear of the headlight shell by gently pulling
the bulb through the rear of the shell.
6. Thread the wires of the new bulb along side the smoke unit in the boiler,
using the same route as the original wires.
7. Insert bulb into the headlight shell.
8. Reinstall the headlight shell onto the boiler using the same screws.
9. Plug the headlight bulb into the proper connector.
Reinstall the boiler shell onto the chassis. Be sure not to pinch any of the wires
while reinstalling the boiler to the chassis.
Boiler Mounted Marker LEDs:
1. Remove the boiler shell from the chassis as shown in figure 7 on page 12.
2. Open the smoke box door by pulling on the railing of the smoke box door.
3. Disconnect the marker LED wires from the harness.
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4. Gently pull the LEDs from the marker housing into the inside of the boiler
shell.
5. Install the replacement LEDs into the marker light housing.
6. Connect the LEDs to the wiring harness connector.
7. Reinstall the boiler shell onto the chassis. Be sure not to pinch any of the
wires while reinstalling the boiler to the chassis.
Pilot Mounted Marker LEDs:
1. Remove the boiler shell from the chassis as shown in figure 7 on page 12.
2. Disconnect the LED connector from the wiring harness.
3. Remove the screws securing signal equipment box and the pilot. The
screws are accessed from the underside of the pilot.
4. Gently remove the LEDs from the marker light housings on the pilot.
5. Remove the screws securing the cylinder saddle. Do not remove the
cylinder saddle. Be careful of the siderods and vale gear coming loose when
the cylinder saddle is lifted.
6. Guide the wires for the LEDs under the cylinder saddle and remove the
LEDs to be replaced. Be careful not to disturb the running gear and side rods.
7. Connect the replacement LEDs to the wire harness and reattach the cylinder
saddle screws. Make sure the LED wires are routed in the proper channels of
the chassis.
8. Install the LEDs in to the marker light housings.
9. Reattach the pilot and signal equipment box to the chassis.
10. Reattach the boiler onto the chassis. Be sure not to pinch any of the wires
while reinstalling the boiler to the chassis.
This is a fairly involved procedure. If you do not feel comfortable doing this,
please send your engine into the MTH Service Department. A qualified
service person will replace the bulbs for you.
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Tender Light:
Unscrew light
brackets
Unplug wires
from connectors
1. Remove the four (4) screws that
hold the chassis to the body and pull
the two components apart, being
careful to leave the wires attached.
2. Unplug the green wire from the
connector.
3. Unscrew the bracket that houses the
light bulb from inside the tender.
4. Gently pull the bulb to remove it and Figure 8. Changing the Tender Light.
push the replacement into place.
5. Reassemble in reverse order, being
careful not to pinch any wires.
Firebox and Cab Interior Lights:
1. Remove the boiler from the engine (see Fig. 7 on pg. 12). To do this,
unscrew the leading truck bracket and move it aside to access the front body
mount screw. Remove the one front and two rear body mount screws and
carefully lift the boiler from the chassis, being careful to leave the wires
attached.
2. Unplug the black wires from their connector. You must change both the
firebox light and cab interior light at the same time.
3. Remove the firebox light bulb by pulling it down and out of its bracket.
You may find it easier to unscrew the bracket from the boiler before removing
the bulb. Replace the bulb by pushing it up and into the bracket. You may
need to use small pliers to do this.
4. Remove the cab interior light by pulling gently on the wire until the bulb
comes free of its housing. Push the replacement bulb into position.
5. Reassemble in reverse order, taking care not to pinch any wires.
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Self-Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad 7-cell 8.4v 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
determine 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 to shine 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 battery 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 battery 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, Item
#50-1019) that plugs into a wall outlet and a special port
atop the tender body to recharge the battery overnight
without leaving it on the track.
Replace : If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test
charge, it is time to replace the battery. Available through M.T.H. Parts. A
standard 9v alkaline battery can be substituted until your replacement arrives,
but since alkaline batteries cannot be recharged, it will eventually wear down.
Do NOT use a 6-cell 7.2v battery.
Battery Port
Unhook Wires, Remove
and Replace Battery
Figure 9. Replacing the Battery
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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
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.
Horn
Remedy
This is normal behavior. To prevent
accidental high-speed start-ups, ProtoSound 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.
Remedy
When I press the whistle button, the
bell comes on instead.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I
press the whistle button.
Remedy
You
may be pressing the button too
quickly. Try pressing the whistle button
more slowly, taking approximately one
full second to fully depress the button.
Bell
Remedy
When I press the whistle button, the
bell sounds.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I press You may be pressing the button too
quickly. Try pressing the bell button
the bell button.
more slowly, taking approximately one
full second to fully depress the button.
The bell won’t work on a separate bell Check the wiring of the separate
button.
button.
Coupler
Remedy
When I try to fire the coupler, PSA
starts.
You are waiting too long between
whistle button presses.
The Proto-Coupler won’t let the engine Try lubricating the coupler knuckle
uncouple on the fly.
with a dry graphite lubricant. Do NOT
use oil.
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Cab Chatter
Remedy
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds
don’t play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral.
Lock-out
Remedy
I can’t get the engine to run after I
power up the transformer. It sits still
with the engine sounds running.
The engine is locked into the neutral
position. Follow the procedure in the
“Lock into a Direction” section.
The engine won’t lock into forward,
neutral, or reverse.
Engine speed must be below 10 scale
mph (approx. 10 volts or less in
conventional mode).
Volume
Remedy
The sounds seem distorted, especially Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too
high. Turn the volume control knob on
when the whistle or bell is activated.
the bottom of the chassis counterclockwise to reduce the volume.
Battery
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial
neutral setting
Check to be sure the battery is
installed and fully charged. See the
“Self-Charging Battery Back-Up”
section.
I get no sounds when the engine shifts The battery may be dead or need to
be charged. See the “Self-Charging
between directions.
Battery Back-Up” section.
After I turn off my transformer, my
engine continues to make sounds
before quitting.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to
continue to sound for a few seconds
after power to the track has been shut
off.
PSA
Remedy
The PSA sounds occasionally repeat
themselves.
Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in random
number generator that randomly
selects each sound clip to play.
Because there are a limited number of
sound clips available in each PSA
sequence, it is probable that some of
these sound clips will be repeated
from time to time.
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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.
When the PSA enters its last
sequence the bell automatically
comes on.
PSA is programmed to start ringing
the bell at that point. After
approximately 12 rings of the bell, it
will automatically turn off.
Because PSA must control various
When PSA is enabled, pressing the
whistle and bell buttons has no effect. effects in each sequence, ProtoSound 2.0 takes control of these
sound effects until you exit PSA.
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.
Each PSA clip must play for approx.
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.
Compatibility
This engine will operate on any traditional O-31 Gauge track system,
®
™
including M.T.H.’s RealTrax or ScaleTrax or traditional tubular track. It is
also compatible with most standard AC transformers. (See page 20 for a
complete list of compatible transformers and wiring instructions.)
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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 transformers. Note that many of the
operational commands described in these instructions require a bell button, so
if your transformer does not have its own bell button, you should consider
adding one to get the full benefit of the system. In addition, the chart details
how the terminals on these transformers should be attached to your layout.
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-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
Li onel 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
Li onel 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
* Conventional Mode Only
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Additional Features Accessible with the DCS
Remote Control System:
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
DCS-controlled 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
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• 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
• Query Locomotive Information-User can query locomotive programming to
learn locomotive address and engine data information, including scale miles
traveled
• User Can Query, Set and Operate Track and Accessory Interface Units for
Programming Digital Command Operations for up to 250 Accessories and 250
Individual Switches
• User Can Script, Record and Playback Train Routes
Operating instructions for all DCS Command features will accompany the
DCS remote control equipment.
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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 followed including the following:
- Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
- M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the
hobby transformer 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 transformer should not be used until properly repaired.
- As with all electrical appliances, this product should not be left in operation
when unattended.
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AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER
7020 Columbia Gateway Dr. - Columbia, MD 21046
Information: 410-381-2580 Fax: 410-381-6122
www.mth-railking.com
PARTICIPATING N.A.S.C.
RETAILER LIST
CANADA
TOY TRAIN WORKSHOP
CUMBERLAND
613-833-8331
THE TRAIN ROOM
FERGUS
519-787-3280
CALIFORNIA
TIN PLATE JUNCTION
OAKLAND
510-444-4780
COLORADO
MIZELL TRAINS INC
WESTMINSTER
303-429-4811
CONNECTICUT
NEW ENGLAND HOBBY
SUPPLY
MANCHESTER
860-646-0610
CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN TRAINS
& HOBBIES
T HURMONT
301-694-8331
MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN MODEL TRAIN
CENTER
PINCKNEY
734-426-1651
BRASSEUR ELECTRIC TRAINS
INC.
SAGINAW
989-793-4753
N EW HAMPSHIRE
TREASURED TOYS
SALEM
603-898-7224
MARYLAND
TOBY TYLER'S HOBBY
CENTER
PITTSBURGH
412-653-5030
VIRGINIA
LOCUST GROVE TRAINS
LOCUST GROVE
540-854-8955
DAVIS HOBBY SUPPLIES
PORTSMOUTH
757-397-1983
T S G HOBBIES
WARRENTON
540-347-9212
N EW YORK
AURORA RAILS & HOBBIES
E AST AURORA
716-652-5718
FLORIDA
ROUNDHOUSE SOUTH
PORT ORANGE
386-304-7002
FAIRCHANCE PHARMACY
FAIRCHANCE
724-564-7817
OHIO
D AVIS ELECTRONICS
MILFORD
513-831-6425
PLAZA HOBBY
CUMBERLAND
301-729-6424
RICK'S TOY TRAINS
TOLEDO
419-478-0171
ENGINE HOUSE HOBBIES
GAITHERSBURG
301-590-0816
PENNSYLVANIA
WISCONSIN
SOMMERFELD'S TRAINS
BUTLER
262-783-7797
GRAMPA'S TRAIN SHOP
RICE LAKE
715-234-2996
BUSSINGER TRAINS
AMBLER
215-628-2366
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AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER
7020 Columbia Gateway Dr. - Columbia, MD 21046
Information: 410-381-2580 Fax: 410-381-6122
www.mth-railking.com
PARTICIPATING A.S.C.
RETAILER LIST
CANADA
TOY TRAIN WORKSHOP
CUMBERLAND
613-833-8331
THE TRAIN ROOM
ERGUS
519-787-3280
CREDIT VALLEY RAILWAY
COMPANY
STREETSVILLE
905-826-1306
B H TRAINS
TERREBONNE
450-492-0317
ALABAMA
SOUTHERLAND STATION
HUNTSVILLE
256-533-4720
LIL' BOBBY'S HOBBIES
MONTGOMERY
334-277-1715
ARIZONA
ARIZONA TRAIN DEPOT
MESA
480-833-9486
CALIFORNIA
CENTRAL COAST TRAINS
ATASCEDERO
805-466-1391
TRAIN SHACK
BURBANK
818-842-3330
ROUNDHOUSE
NORTH HOLLYWOOD
818-769-0403
DOLLHOUSES TRAINS & MORE
NOVATO
415-883-0388
FRANK'S TRAINS & HOBBIES
OLDSMAR
813-855-1041
TIN PLATE JUNCTION
OAKLAND
510-444-4780
COLONIAL PHOTO & HOBBY
ORLANDO
407-841-1485
RON'S WORLD
SAN CLEMENTE
949-361-5596
WARRICK CUSTOM HOBBIES
PLANTATION
954-370-0708
TRUCKS & TRAINS HOBBIES
SANTA ROSA
707-537-6586
ROUNDHOUSE SOUTH
PORT ORANGE
386-304-7002
COLORADO
ILLINOIS
CUSTOM RAILWAY SUPPLY
COLORADO SPRINGS
719-634-4616
BIKE & CHOO CHOO
CONNECTION
SCHAUMBURG
847-882-7728
CABOOSE HOBBIES
DENVER
303-777-6766
MIZELL TRAINS
WESTMINSTER
303-429-4811
CONNECTICUT
NEW ENGLAND HOBBY
SUPPLY
MANCHESTER
860-646-0610
INDIANA
Y. O. R. K. TRAINS
MUNSTER
219-838-9999
SAMUELSON'S TRAIN SHOP
VALPARAISO
219-462-2708
IOWA
CABOOSE STOP HOBBIES
CEDAR FALLS
800-642-7012
FLORIDA
HOLLYWOOD STATION
HOLLYWOOD
954-921-2700
DEPOT HOBBY SHOP
LAKE WORTH
561-585-1982
READY TO ROLL
MIAMI
305-688-8868
KENTUCKY
L&N TRAINS & THINGS
LOUISVILLE
502-897-9005
LOUISIANA
AMERICA'S TRAIN YARD
BATON ROUGE
225-926-5592
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MAINE
WHEELS, WINGS & THINGS
LUDLOW
207-532-6277
MARYLAND
PLAZA HOBBY
CUMBERLAND
301-729-6424
HOBBYTOWN U S A
FREDERICK
301-694-7395
ENGINE HOUSE HOBBIES
GAITHERSBURG
301-590-0816
TREASURED TOYS
SALEM
603-898-7224
NEW JERSEY
COUNTRY AND STUFF
ANDOVER
973-786-7086
KROSS HARDWARE
WEST BABYLON
631-669-3069
COLUMBUS TRAIN STATION
COLUMBUS
609-518-1800
NORTH CAROLINA
ATLANTIC RAILS
HAMMONTON
609-567-8490
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
KEARNY
201-955-6200
J & B TRAINS
HAGERSTOWN
240-420-4930
J & B TRAINS, INC.
MAPLE SHADE
856-414-0092
THE TRAIN ROOM
HAGERSTOWN
301-745-6681
HOBBY SHOP
MATAWAN
732-583-0505
PURKEY'S TOY TRAINS
SYKESVILLE
410-549-6061
CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN TRAINS
& HOBBIES
THURMONT
301-694-8331
MASSACHUSETTS
NORTHEAST TRAINS
PEABODY
978-532-1615
HOBBYMASTERS, INC
RED BANK
732-842-6020
RIDGEFIELD HOBBY
RIDGEFIELD
201-943-2636
TOM’S MODEL TRAINS
SCOTCH PLAINS
908-322-6122
EAST BAY HOBBIES
SEEKONK
508-336-5573
TRAINS & THINGS
TRENTON
609-883-8790
MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN MODEL TRAIN
CENTER
PINCKNEY
734-426-1651
BRASSEUR ELECTRIC TRAINS
INC.
SAGINAW
989-793-4753
COAST TRAINS AND
COLLECTIBLES
WALL
732-556-9005
HOLLY BEACH TRAIN DEPOT
WILDWOOD
609-522-2379
NEW YORK
AURORA RAILS & HOBBIES
EAST AURORA
716-652-5718
MISSOURI
SWITCH STAND
SAINT LOUIS
314-781-4458
MARK TWAIN HOBBY CENTER
ST. LOUIS
636-946-2816
NEVADA
RENO RAILS
RENO
775-337-6669
NASSAU HOBBY CENTER, INC.
FREEPORT
516-378-9594
HOBBY WORLD
MONTICELLO
845-794-8770
CITY DEPOT, INC.
NEW HAMPTON
845-374-3010
NEW HAMPSHIRE
RAILROAD SPECIALTIES
NASHUA
603-801-0801
AMERICANA STORE
TIVOLI
845-757-4246
THE ROUNDHOUSE &
BACKSHOP
CARY
919-465-0810
TRAINS LTD.
CHARLOTTE
704-566-9070
DRY BRIDGE STATION
MOUNT AIRY
336-786-9811
THE FREIGHT YARD
SMITHFIELD
919-934-6229
TRAIN LOFT
WINSTON-SALEM
336-760-9817
OHIO
GLEN'S TRAIN SHOP
AKRON
330-253-6527
E & S TRAINS
AKRON
330-745-0785
T & K HOBBY SHOP
BRIDGEPORT
740-633-6607
PARMA HOBBY
CLEVELAND
216-741-6440
SANDY'S HOBBY'S &
COLLECTIBLES
ELYRIA
440-365-9999
HUDSON TOY, TRAIN &
HOBBY
HUDSON
330-653-2997
CLEARVIEW TRAIN & HOBBY
LORAIN
440-277-4488
DIXIE UNION STATION
MASON
513-459-0460
DAVIS ELECTRONICS
MILFORD
513-831-6425
SCAG’S ELECTRIC TRAINS
STATEN ISLAND
718-727-7373
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TRAINS-N- THINGS
NORTH CANTON
330-499-1666
THE STATION
NEW CUMBERLAND
717-774-7096
CHESTERFIELD HOBBIES
MIDLOTHIAN
804-379-9091
GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION
OLMSTEAD FALLS
440-235-4777
FRYER'S STORE
ORWIGSBURG
570-366-2258
DAVIS HOBBY SUPPLIES
PORTSMOUTH
757-397-1983
RICK'S TOY TRAINS
TOLEDO
419-478-0171
CHESTNUT TOYBOX
PHILADELPHIA
215-545-0455
TOY TRAIN CENTER
RICHMOND
804-288-4475
ERIE RAILWAY DEPOT
TROY
937-440-9972
TOBY TYLER'S HOBBY
CENTER
PITTSBURGH
412-653-5030
NUTBUSH EXPRESS
VICTORIA
434-696-1902
PENNSYLVANIA
AMERICAN HOBBY CENTER
ALIQUIPPA
724-378-3930
WILCOX GREENHOUSE &
NURSERY
TITUSVILLE
814-827-3823
ALLENTOWN TOY TRAIN
SERVICE
ALLENTOWN
610-821-0740
EASTERN DEPOT
TROY
570-297-1975
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
ALTOONA
814-942-4345
J&J RAILROAD CROSSING
TURTLE CREEK
412-824-6009
BUSSINGER TRAINS
AMBLER
215-628-2366
TRAINS R FUN
LEESBURG
703-779-8600
JIM’S HOBBY SERVICE
BERWICK
570-759-2695
SOUTH CAROLINA
YE OLDE TRAIN & CHRISTMAS
SHOPPE
BOYERTOWN
610-369-0755
NICHOLAS SMITH
BROOMALL
610-353-8585
CHARLEROI SWEEPER
CENTER
CHARLEROI
724-483-3397
CRANBERRY HOBBY DEPOT
CRANBERRY TWP
724-776-3640
FAIRCHANCE PHARMACY
FAIRCHANCE
724-564-7817
TOY TRAIN STATION
FEASTERVILLE TREV
215-322-5182
THE CABOOSE
LEHIGHTON
570-386-5352
HOBBY CITY
MC MURRAY
724-942-2557
EMERALD TRAIN & HOBBY
GREENWOOD
864-223-2247
TENNESSEE
MODEL RAILROAD & HOBBY
SHOP
MEMPHIS
901-384-6500
TEXAS
HOBBY TIME
AMARILLO
806.352.9660
RIVERVIEW TRAINS
ANGLETON
979-848-3895
GREAT TRAINS & HOBBIES
LONGVIEW
903-757-2720
T S G HOBBIES
WARRENTON
540-347-9212
NORGE STATION
WILLIAMSBURG
757-564-7623
WASHINGTON
EASTSIDE TRAINS
KIRKLAND
425-828-4098
WEST VIRGINIA
PATRICK'S TRAINS
WHEELING
304-232-0714
WISCONSIN
WOODCRAFTERS SHOP
BURLINGTON
262-763-5239
SOMMERFELD'S TRAINS
BUTLER
262-783-7797
HOBBY OUTLET
FOND DU LAC
920-924-3770
G B T V & TRAINS
GREEN BAY
920-496-9697
GRAMPA'S TRAIN SHOP
RICE LAKE
715-234-2996
THE TRAIN STORE
WAUKESHA
262-650-6675
VIRGINIA
LEESBURG HOBBIES
LEESBURG
703-779-8600
LOCUST GROVE TRAINS
LOCUST GROVE
540-854-8955
TRAIN DEPOT
MANASSAS
703-335-2216
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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 R epair
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 1-888-640-3700. 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 p hone
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 repres entatives of
M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for material left in their
possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com, or call 410 381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant are covered by this warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 1-888-640-3700 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or workmanship, excluding wear
items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and traction tires. We wi ll 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 retu rn authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state t o state. Specific questions
regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. directly.
Service Department
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
.Columbia MD 21046-1532
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