Railking 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex

Railking 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex
Railking
2-8-8-8-2
Triplex
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Compatibility
This engine will operate on any traditional
O-42 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 22 for a complete list of compatible
transformers and wiring instructions.)
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
Table of Contents
Set Up Checklis t................................................................................................... 3
Lubrication.............................................................................................3
Priming The Smoke Unit....................................................................... 3
Checking The Battery............................................................................ 4
Basic Operation ....................................................................................................5
Activating Features................................................................................ 5
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions........................................................... 7
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features.................... 7
Freight Yard Announcements (FYA).................................................... 8
Proto-Coupler® Operation.................................................................... 9
Speed Control........................................................................................ 10
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction.................................................. 11
Reset To Factory Default....................................................................... 11
Automatic Sound Effects....................................................................... 11
Maintenance......................................................................................................... 12
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions...................................................12
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track..................................................13
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions.................................................14
Headlight Replacement Instructions...................................................... 15
Self Charging Battery Back-Up............................................................. 17
ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation................................................................19
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems.......................................20
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart....................................... 23
Additional Features Accessible Of DCS Remote Control System........ 24
Service & Warranty Information........................................................... 25
Limited One-Year Warranty.................................................................. 25
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 followi ng:
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.
Set Up Checklist
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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 Pick Up Rollers (L)
Lubricate Linkage (L)
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Pick Up Rollers (L)
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
Figure 1. Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Priming The Smoke Unit
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.
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Smoke Unit On/Off
Control
Figure 2. NOTE: Smoke Unit Switch is now a volume pot type control. The amount of smoke can be
varied by the adjustment of the smoke control under the tender. By rotating the control, the smoke
can be varied from off to fullforce or any amount in between.
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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 engine (see Fig. 2).
Add Smoke Fluid
Figure 3
Placing The Engine On The Track
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. WARNING: DO NOT
CONNECT THIS ENGINE TO A TENDER FROM ANOTHER ENGINE; IT MAY
CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE.
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 the
track.
At this point, you are ready to begin running
your engine.
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
"Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" on page16.
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Basic Operation
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel.
Turn the throttle knob up ½-way, until the engine and caboose lights shine bright.
Put the engine into motion by pressing the Direction button on your transformer once.
(hold it for approximately 1 second)
If the engine does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction button,
you may not have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move. Turn the
throttle up a bit higher until the train begins to move.
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.
Direction Your train is programmed to
start in neutral. The train will always
cycle neutral-forward-neutral-reverse with
each press and release of the direction
button. The engine is programmed to
restart in neutral each time the track
voltage is turned off for 25 seconds or
more.
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Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
Forward
Neutral
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Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn the master volume control
knob located under the tender clockwise to increase the volume and counter-clockwise to
decrease the volume.
Proto-Sound 2.0
Volume Adjustment Knob
Figure 4: 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 Horn 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.
Pause
Bell
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Feature to Be Activated:
Freight Yard Sounds
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction/Unlock
Reset to Factory Defaults
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Button Code:
1 Bell, 2 Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Whistles
1 Whistle, 2 Bells (From Neutral Only)
1 Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Whistle, 5 Bells (From Neutral Only)
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Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of freight yard sounds that you can play
when you pull into a yard. Each sequence described below will play as long as it is left
on, randomly generating sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds between
the button pushes described below to allow the FYS sufficient time to run through each
sequence.
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Bell
To cue the sound system to play the FYS, 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 FYS. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will
not move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound
2.0 has disabled operator control over the Horn and Bell buttons until the full
FYS sequence is complete.
After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button again to trigger the second sequence of FYS.
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS
sequence.
Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the
Direction button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS sequence.
The FYS will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move
out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling
when you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains
control of the transformer's Bell and Horn buttons and can ring the bell or blow
the horn as usual.
Horn
Horn
Sound System Cued
to Play Passenger
Station Announcements (FYS)
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Direction
1st
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
2nd
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
3rd
Sequence
FYS
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Direction
4th
Sequence
FYS
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS
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You can terminate FYS at any time by turning off power to the track for 15
seconds.
You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS. At the conclusion of the full
sequence, the train will pull away from the station in whatever direction you
were going when you activated the feature.
You can use FYS even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the
second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0, you must remember
not to leave the throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the
engine to run the FYS. Otherwise, the engine without FYS will begin
vibrating on the track as its motors strain to move the train, since they
cannot be automatically disabled during the FYS cycle (or if an original
Proto-Sound engine, FYS are triggered differently and that engine's
motor-disable feature will not be active when you run FYS in Proto-Sound
2.0).
FYS can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered
while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS, 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. 7) 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
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Rear
= Coupler
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the 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
Horn
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Front
= Coupler
Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that allow
the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around curves, much
like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the run, and the engine
will maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can
opt to turn it off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase
as it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on the
run. Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when speed
control is on than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower power level for
operation with speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments. When speed control is
off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
transformer's 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
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Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
( indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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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
Bell
Horn
Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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:
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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. 2. Do not
over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screws
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Body Mount Screws
Tender
Engine
Figure 5: Removing The Body
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. First remove the six body mount screws to separate the chassis from the boiler and
tender shell. Four of the screws in the engine are located through holes in the drive
blocks. Truck may need to be moved to see the screws.
3. Remove the Phillips screw (marked “GREASE”) located at each set of wheels (Fig. 6)
and the gearbox cover screws (Fig. 7).
4. Use a grease tube dispenser to put a small amount (approx. 1-2 ml.) of lithium-based
grease into the gearbox and axles.
5. Replace the screws and reassemble the boiler.
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. 6.
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Grease (G)
Grease (G)
Figure 6: Lubricating The Grease Points
Grease (G)
Figure 7: Motor Gearing Grease Plate Screws
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.
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.
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Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
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 packaged with your model. Additional sets 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). 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.
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Headlight Replacement Instructions
Light Bulb Replacement Instructions
A constant voltage circuit in the engine controls the locomotive’s lights. They are easy to
remove and replace when they burn out. To replace the light bulbs in the engine remove
the 6 screws that attach the boiler as shown in fig. 5 on page 12. Then remove the boiler.
You can obtain replacement bulbs directly
from the M.T.H. Parts Department (phone
410-381-2580; email
parts@mth-railking.com; mail 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
21046-1532.
Headlight:
1. Unplug the blue connector in the front of
the boiler shell. See fig. 8
2. Gently pull on the wires to remove the
light bulb from the headlight shell.
3. Gently push the new light bulb into the
headlight housing.
4. Reconnect the blue connectors.
To access
Headlight
Figure 8
To access
Cab Lights
Marker LEDs:
The marker lights are illuminated by Light
Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs draw very
little current and should last a long time
when compared to light bulbs. However, if
one LEDs fails, both must be replaced as
set, since they are wired together.
To replace the front LEDs:
1. Unplug the yellow connector in the front
Figure 8a
of the boiler shell. See fig. 8
2. Gently pull on the wires from the bottom
of the marker housings and through the sides of the smoke box.
3. Gently thread the new LEDs through the sides of the smoke box and into the marker
light housing.
4. Reconnect the yellow connectors.
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The marker lights for the tender can be replaced following the same procedure use for the
engine.Remove the six screws that attach the tender body to the tender frame as shown in
fig. 8b.
To replace the Tender Marker LEDs:
To access Tender Marker LEDs
1. Unplug the yellow connector in the rear of
the tender shell. See fig. 8b
2. Gently pull on the wires from the bottom
of the marker housings and through the rear
of the tender shell.
3. Gently thread the new LEDs through the
rear of the tender shell and into the marker
light housing.
4. Reconnect the yellow connector.
Figure 8b
Cab Interior Light:
1. Unplug the black connector at the rear of
the boiler shell. See fig. 8a
2. Gently pull on the wires to remove the light bulb from the backhead.
3. Gently push the new light bulb into the backhead.
4. Reconnect the black connector.
Firebox Glow Lights:
1. Unplug the black connector at the rear of
the engine chassis. See fig 9.
2. Gently pull on the wires to remove the
light bulbs from the bracket.
3. Gently push the new light bulb into the
bracket.
4. Reconnect the black connector.
After replacing the light bulbs replace the
boiler shell and the 6 screws. Be careful not
to pinch any wires when placing the boiler
shell back on the chassis.
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Firebox Lights
Figure 9
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Self Charging Battery Back-Up
The two special AA size 1.5v NiCad self-charging batteries recharges continuously
during train operation and should last for up to five years. The batteries are dry battery
that should not leak or cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your
engine was built, they 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 batteries to determine whether they 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
batteries charge has run down and can be recharged. There are a number of ways you can
do this:
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Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts for 6-7 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 engine to recharge the batteries 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 batteries. Available through M.T.H. Parts.
DO NOT substitute alkaline batteries for these NiCad batteries. Using alkaline batteries
in this system will result in damamge to the PS 2.0 circuit board and/or the batteries.
Remove brace over batteries.
Remove & replace batteries.
AC Battery Recharging Jack
Figure 10
Figure 11
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ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
This locomotive contains a smoke unit that outputs smoke through the smokestack on the
boiler of the engine. The smoke unit is essentially a small heating element and wick that
soaks up and then heats a mineral oil-based fluid that emits a harmless smoke. The smoke
is then forced out of the stack by a small electric fan.
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 4) We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuth, LGB, or LVTS
fluids (a small pipette of ProtoSmoke fluid is included). Do not over fill the unit or the
fluid may leak out and coat the interior engine components.
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added the fluid but choose to run
smoke free), turn off the smoke unit switch located under the tender body. (see figure 5)
Failure to either add fluid to the unit or to turn it off may damage the smoke unit heating
element and/or wicking material.
When the smoke output while running
begins todiminish, add another 10-15 drops
of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
Add Smoke Fluid
When storing the unit foe extended 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.
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 non-absorbent around
the heating element. Remove the smoke
unit inspection cover from the smoke
unit’s body. (see figure 6) 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. You can obtain
replacement wicks and instructions from
the M.T.H. Parts Department.
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Figure 12
Smoke Unit
ON/OFF Switch
Figure 13
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Remove screws to separate the boiler.
Figure 14
Inspection Cover
Screws
Figure 15
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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. I have to
turn the throttle off and then on again
to get the engine to operate.
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.
Whistle/Horn
Remedy
When I press the whistle/horn button,
the bell comes on instead.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I
press the whistle button.
You may be pressing the button too
Remedy
quickly. Try pressing the whistle/horn
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, FYS
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.
The coupler does not fire or stay
coupled.
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The coupler needs to be cleaned.
Wipe with denatured alcohol (not
rubbing alcohol) and let dry.
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Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds
don’t play.
Remedy
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at
random intervals.
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
The engine will not leave the initial
neutral setting.
Remedy
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.
FYS
Remedy
The FYS 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 FYS
sequence, it is probable that some of
these sound clips will be repeated
from time to time.
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FYS
Remedy
Once in FYS, the engine doesn’t go
into reverse.
So that FYS effects can be as realistic
as possible, Proto-Sound 2.0
disables the reversing unit
whenever FYS is enabled. This
way the engine remains still at its
stop as the operator cycles
through the FYS sequences.
When the FYS enters its last
sequence the bell automatically
comes on.
FYS is programmed to start
ringing the bell at that point. After
approximately 12 rings of the bell,
it will automatically turn off.
Because FYS must control various
When FYS 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 FYS.
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not
play or the engine does not come out
of FYS after fourth press of the
direction button.
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Each FYS clip must play for approx.
30 seconds before FYS will advance
to the next step in the FYS cycle.
Wait at least 30 seconds in each FYS
sound clip before pressing 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 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-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
Li onel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Electronic
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
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Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System
(Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields wonderfully
realistic sound and several train control features, command mode operation allows the
user to access a world of command functions never before accessible to O Gauge
railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control System (including a DCS
remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain many advanced features, including:
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DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in scale miles
per hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows operator to set
maximum speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke each engine
outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker and
interior lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but does not
turn off the power
One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all
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
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 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 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 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 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
.Columbia MD 21046-1532
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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
613-833-3125
THE TRAIN ROOM
ERGUS
519-787-3280
CALIFORNIA
TIN PLATE JUNCTION
OAKLAND
510-444-4780
CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN TRAINS
THURMONT
301-694-8331
FAIRCHANCE PHARMACY
FAIRCHANCE
724-564-7817
MICHIGAN
THE STATION
NEW CUMBERLAND
717-774-7096
MICHIGAN MODEL TRAIN
CENTER
PINCKNEY
734-426-1651
BRASSEUR ELECTRIC TRAINS,
INC.
SAGINAW
989-793-4753
COLORADO
MIZELL TRAINS INC
WESTMINSTER
303-429-4811
NEW HAMPSHIRE
TREASURED TOYS
SALEM
603-898-7224
CONNECTICUT
NEW ENGLAND HOBBY
SUPPLY
MANCHESTER
860-646-0610
NEW YORK
FLORIDA
OHIO
ROUNDHOUSE SOUTH
PORT ORANGE
386-304-7002
MARYLAND
PLAZA HOBBY
CUMBERLAND
301-729-6424
ENGINE HOUSE HOBBIES
GAITHERSBURG
301-590-0816
AURORA RAILS & HOBBIES
EAST AURORA
716-652-5718
DAVIS ELECTRONICS
MILFORD
513-831-6425
RICK'S TOY TRAINS
TOLEDO
419-478-0171
PENNSYLVANIA
BUSSINGER TRAINS
AMBLER
215-628-2366
VIRGINIA
LOCUST GROVE TRAINS
LOCUST GROVE
540-854-8955
DAVIS HOBBY SUPPLIES
PORTSMOUTH
757-397-1983
T S G HOBBIES
WARRENTON
540-347-9212
WISCONSIN
SOMMERFELD'S TRAINS
BUTLER
262-783-7797
GRAMPA'S TRAIN SHOP
RICE LAKE
715-234-2996
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
613-833-3125
THE TRAIN ROOM
ERGUS
519-787-3280
CREDIT VALLEY RAILWAY
COMPANY
STREETSVILLE
905-826-1306
B&H TRAINS
TERREBONNE, QUEBEC
450-492-0317
ALABAMA
SOUTHERLAND STATION
HUNTSVILLE
256-533-4720
LIL' BOBBY'S HOBBIES
MONTGOMERY
334-277-1715
ARIZ0NA
ARIZONA TRAIN DEPOT
MESA
480-833-9486
CENTRAL COAST TRAINS
ATASCEDERO
805-466-1391
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
TIN PLATE JUNCTION
OAKLAND
510-444-4780
RON'S WORLD
SAN CLEMENTE
949-361-5596
TRUCKS & TRAINS HOBBIES
SANTA ROSA
707-537-6586
COLORADO
CUSTOM RAILWAY SUPPLY
COLORADO SPRINGS
719-634-4616
DEPOT HOBBY SHOP
LAKE WORTH
561-585-1982
READY TO ROLL
MIAMI
305-688-8868
FRANK'S TRAINS & HOBBIES
INC.
OLDSMAR
813-855-1041
COLONIAL PHOTO & HOBBY
ORLANDO
407-841-1485
WARRICK CUSTOM HOBBIES
PLANTATION
954-370-0708
ROUNDHOUSE SOUTH
PORT ORANGE
386-304-7002
ILLINOIS
MIZELL TRAINS INC
WESTMINSTER
303-429-4811
BIKE & CHOO CHOO
CONNECTION
SCHAUMBURG
847-882-7728
CONNECTICUT
INDIANA
NEW ENGLAND HOBBY
SUPPLY
MANCHESTER
860-646-0610
Y. O. R. K. TRAINS
MUNSTER
219-838-9999
DELAWARE
SAMUELSON'S TRAIN SHOP
VALPARAISO
219-462-2708
K R R B MODEL TRAINS INC.
NEWARK
302-292-2779
IOWA
FLORIDA
HOLLYWOOD STATION
HOLLYWOOD
954-921-2700
CABOOSE STOP HOBBIES
CEDAR FALLS
800-642-7012
KENTUCKY
MISSOURI
NEW YORK
L& N TRAINS & THINGS
LOUISVILLE
502-897-9005
SWITCH STAND
SAINT LOUIS
314-781-4458
AURORA RAILS & HOBBIES
EAST AURORA
716-652-5718
LOUISIANA
MARK TWAIN HOBBY CENTER
ST. CHARLES
636-946-2816
NASSAU HOBBY CENTER, INC.
FREEPORT
516-378-9594
NEVADA
HOBBY WORLD
MONTICELLO
845-794-8770
AMERICA'S TRAIN YARD
BATON ROUGE
225-926-5592
RENO RAILS
RENO
775-337-6669
MAINE
WHEELS, WINGS & THINGS
LUDLOW
207-532-6277
NEW HAMPSHIRE
MARYLAND
RAILROAD SPECIALTIES
NASHUA
603-801-0801
PLAZA HOBBY
CUMBERLAND
301-729-6424
TREASURED TOYS
SALEM
603-898-7224
HOBBYTOWN U S A
FREDERICK
301-694-7395
NEW JERSEY
CITY DEPOT, INC.
NEW HAMPTON
845-374-3010
AMERICANA STORE
TIVOLI
845-757-4246
KROSS HARDWARE
WEST BABYLON
631-669-3069
ENGINE HOUSE HOBBIES
GAITHERSBURG
301-590-0816
COUNTRY AND STUFF
ANDOVER
973-786-7086
J & B TRAINS
HAGERSTOWN
240-420-4930
COLUMBUS TRAIN STATION
COLUMBUS
609-518-1800
THE TRAIN ROOM
HAGERSTOWN
301-745-6681
ATLANTIC RAILS
HAMMONTON
609-567-8490
PURKEY'S TOY TRAINS
SYKESVILLE
410-549-6061
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
KEARNY
201-955-6200
CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN TRAINS
THURMONT
301-694-8331
J & B TRAINS, INC.
MAPLE SHADE
856-414-0092
N & W TRAIN SHED
WILLIAMSPORT
301-223-8801
HOBBY SHOP
MATAWAN
732-583-0505
MASSACHUSETTS
HOBBYMASTERS, INC
RED BANK
732-842-6020
GLEN'S TRAIN SHOP
AKRON
330-253-6527
RIDGEFIELD HOBBY
RIDGEFIELD
201-943-2636
E & S TRAINS
AKRON
330-745-0785
TRAINS & THINGS
TRENTON
609-883-8790
T & K HOBBY SHOP
BRIDGEPORT
740-633-6607
COAST TRAINS AND
COLLECTIBLES
WALL
732-556-9005
SCHAFFNER'S TRAINS
CANTON
330-452-4444
NORTHEAST TRAINS
PEABODY
978-532-1615
EAST BAY HOBBIES
SEEKONK
508-336-5573
MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN MODEL TRAIN
CENTER
PINCKNEY
734-426-1651
BRASSEUR ELECTRIC TRAINS,
INC.
SAGINAW
989-793-4753
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HOLLY BEACH TRAIN DEPOT
WILDWOOD
609-522-2379
NORTH CAROLINA
THE ROUNDHOUSE &
BACKSHOP
CARY
919-465-0810
TRAINS LTD.
CHARLOTTE
704-566-9070
D RY BRIDGE STATION
MOUNT AIRY
336-786-9811
THE FREIGHT YARD
SMITHFIELD
919-934-6229
TRAIN LOFT
WINSTON-SALEM
336-760-9817
OHIO
TRAINS-N- THINGS
CANTON
330-499-1666
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PARMA HOBBY
CLEVELAND
216-741-6440
FAIRCHANCE PHARMACY
FAIRCHANCE
724-564-7817
TRAIN DEPOT
MANASSAS
703-335-2216
SANDY'S HOBBY'S &
COLLECTIBLES
ELYRIA
440-365-9999
TOY TRAIN STATION
FEASTERVILLE TREV
215-322-5182
CHESTERFIELD HOBBIES
MIDLOTHIAN
804-379-9091
THE CABOOSE
LEHIGHTON
570-386-5352
DAVIS HOBBY SUPPLIES
PORTSMOUTH
757-397-1983
HOBBY CITY
McMURRAY
724-942-2557
TOY TRAIN CENTER
RICHMOND
804-288-4475
THE STATION
NEW CUMBERLAND
717-774-7096
T S G HOBBIES
WARRENTON
540-347-9212
FRYER’S STORE
ORWIGSBURG
570-366-2258
CHESTNUT TOYBOX
PHILADELPHIA
215-545-0455
NORGE STATION
WILLIAMSBURG
757-564-7623
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
GRAND PACIFIC JUNCTION
OLMSTEAD FALLS
440-235-4777
RICK'S TOY TRAINS
TOLEDO
419-478-0171
ERIE RAILWAY DEPOT
TROY
937-440-9972
PENNSYLVANIA
AMERICAN HOBBY CENTER
ALIQUIPPA
724-378-3930
ALLENTOWN TOY TRAIN
SERVICE
ALLENTOWN
610-821-0740
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
ALTOONA
814-942-4345
TOBY TYLER'S HOBBY
CENTER
PITTSBURGH
412-653-5030
C. T. MC CORMICK HARDWARE
ZELIENOPLE
724-452-6130
SOUTH CAROLINA
EMERALD TRAIN & HOBBY
GREENWOOD
864-223-2247
TENNESSEE
MODEL RAILROAD & HOBBY
SHOP
MEMPHIS
901-384-6500
TEXAS
HOBBY TIME
AMARILLO
806.352.9660
BUSSINGER TRAINS
AMBLER
215-628-2366
RIVERVIEW TRAINS
ANGLETON
979-848-3895
YE OLDE TRAIN & CHRISTMAS
SHOPPE
BOYERTOWN
610-369-0755
GREAT TRAINS & HOBBIES
LONGVIEW
903-757-2720
CHARLEROI SWEEPER
CENTER
CHARLEROI
724-483-3397
LOCUST GROVE TRAINS
LOCUST GROVE
540-854-8955
CRANBERRY HOBBY DEPOT
CRANBERRY TWP
724-776-3640
TRAINS, ETC.
LORTON
703-550-1779
WEST VIRGINIA
PATRICK'S TRAINS
WHEELING
304-232-0714
WISCONSIN
SOMMERFELD'S TRAINS
BUTLER
262-783-7797
WOODCRAFTER’S
BURLINGTON
262-763-5239
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
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