Lionel Corp No. 260 Steam (PS3)

Lionel Corp No. 260 Steam (PS3)
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No. 260 Steam Engine
Operation Manual
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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 45 & 46 for
a complete list of compatible
transformers, power packs, and wiring
instructions.)
PFA
Passenger/Freight
Announcements
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
Table of Contents
Set-Up Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Priming the Smoke Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Placing the Engine on the Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
DCS or DCC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
PS 3.0 Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Conventional AC/DC Start-up/Shut-down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
DCS/DCC Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Programming Track (for DCC operation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Loading Engine Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
LED Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Modes of Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Conventional AC Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Activating Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Mode Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Manual Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
PFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Proto-Coupler™ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Reset To Factory Default . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Automatic Sound Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Conventional DC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
DCS Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
DCC / Digital Command Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Basic DCC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Start up / Shut Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Master Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Couplers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Forward/Reverse Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Crossing Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Smoke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Engine Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Additional F Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Function Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
CV29. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Long and Short Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Feature/Factory Resetting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
M.T.H. Proto-Sound 3.0 Expanded DCC Functionality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Advanced DCC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Configuration Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Advanced Consisting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Programming Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Removing the Boiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Proto-Smoke Unit Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
LED Lighting (Engine Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 3.0 Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
DC Power Supply Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Additional Features Accessible Of DCS Remote Control System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Service & Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Limited One-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Recommended for Ages 14 and up. Not recommended for children under 14 years of age without adult supervision. As
with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to prevent electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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.
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This product may be protected by one or more of the following patents: 6,019,289; 6,280,278; 6,281,606; 6,291,263;
6,457,681; 6,491,263; 6,604,641; 6,619,594; 6,624,537; 6,655,640.
Rev: _Lionel No. 260 Steam Engine 6/14/12
©2012, M.T.H. Electric Trains®, Columbia, MD 21046
Set Up Checklist
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Lubricate the engine
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Prime the Smoke Unit
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Place the engine on the track
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Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operation section of these instructions.
You can obtain replacement parts and replacement instructions from the
M.T.H. Parts Department (Order online: www.mthtrains.com, e-mail:
parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Getting Started
Lubricating the Engine
Lubricate all exposed moving parts before operating using a multi-purpose,
plastic-compatible oil (available with M.T.H.'s Maintenance Kit, sold
separately) or a light household oil. Follow the lubrication points.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Front and Rear Wheels
Lubricate Pivot Points
Lubricate Side Rods (L)
Lubricate Gears (L)
Lubricate Pick Up Rollers (L)
Fig. 1: Lubricating the Locomotive
Priming the Smoke Unit
You should prime the smoke unit with smoke fluid before operating. Add 15-20 drops of
smoke fluid from the included pipette through the smokestack, then gently blow into the
stack to eliminate any air bubbles in the fluid.
If you choose not to prime the unit with fluid, turn the smoke unit control located under the
tender to the OFF position (Full Counter Clockwise Position).
Running the engine without a primed smoke unit may cause damage. See the
"ProtoSmoke Unit Operation" section of this book for more information on smoke unit
maintenance.
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Add 15-20 Drops
Smoke Fluid
Running the engine without primed
Smoke unit may cause damage
Fig. 2: Adding Smoke Fluid
Smoke Unit Control
Fig. 3: Smoke Unit Control
Placing The Engine On The Track
Your MTH steam engine is equipped with a tetherless drawbar. There is no
unsightly cable or box showing between the engine and the tender to detract from
the appearance of the model. The electrical connections pass through conductors
in the drawbar, so it is important that the connector be properly inserted. The
connector is fixed to the rear end of the drawbar. The mating connector is attached
to a swivel connection on the front of the tender frame. The drawbar is connected
to the engine chassis with a screw and should not need any attention.
In order to mate the connectors of the drawbar and the tender, place the engine
and the tender on the track. Position the tender over the drawbar connector and
insert the drawbar pin on the swivel connector into the hole in the drawbar.
Now grasp the tender with both hands as shown below and place a finger on each
side of the drawbar near the connector. Now using your fingers, push the
connectors together. The connector will make a slight click when it is properly
seated. At this point you are ready to begin operating your engine.
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Fig. 4: Pushing Connectors Together
Fig. 5: Connected Engine and Tender
To disconnect the engine and tender use the instructions above going in reverse order.
If the drawbar is not properly connected your engine may
exhibit erratic or no operation. If this happens turn off the track power and make sure
that the drawbar connectors are properly seated. Then reapply power to the track and
continue operation.
DCS or DCC
If you are operating with command control you must set the selector switch to
DCC for DCC operation and DCS for DCS operation. Refer to page 9 to see and
learn about the differences.
DCS/DCC Switch
CAUTION:
Do not apply DCS signals and
DCC signals to the same track
simultaneously. The signals are not
compatible, mixing the DCS and
DCC signals will damage the DCS
TIU unit.
Fig. 6: Changing from DCS to DCC Mode
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PS 3.0 Enhancements
Here are some of the exciting changes incorporated into your new MTH ProtoSound® 3.0 Locomotives. More advanced features such as Custom Speed Tables
and Advanced Consisting can be found in the DCC section of this manual.
Conventional (Analog) AC/DC Start-up/Shut-down
Your new MTH PS3.0-equipped locomotive no longer has batteries. It uses Super
Capacitors to hold the engine board alive for a short time when you shut off or
interrupt track power. Because of this, when you first apply track power to your
PS3.0-equipped O Gauge engine, you will notice the headlight comes on but
nothing else. This is perfectly normal. The capacitors are charging up during this
time. The wait time depends upon how long it’s been since you last applied power
to the engine. Typically it will take 1-15 seconds to fully charge. NOTE: The 1-15
second charging wait time ONLY applies to conventional AC track power.
Once the headlight shuts off, the engine will play its start-up sounds and all the
lights will come back on, simultaneously. Smoke too if you have it turned on.
The capacitors hold enough charge to play the full shut-down sounds. Also, the
capacitors allow you to operate your engine in conventional mode just like you
would any other conventionally-controlled engine. Finally, because there are no
batteries, you will notice there is no external charge jack on the engine.
DCS/DCC Switch
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine has a DCS/DCC selector switch (located on
the underside of the tender in steam engines). To operate the engine in DCS
mode, ensure the switch is set to DCS. If you wish to run the engine in DCC
mode, ensure the switch is set to DCC.
If you inadvertently leave the switch in DCC it won’t hurt anything, you just won’t
be able to communicate with your engine with your DCS system. Likewise, if you
leave the switch in DCS and try to operate the engine under DCC you may notice a
humming coming from your engine and you will likely notice that your DCC
system’s overload light will be on.
Programming Track (for DCC operation)
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped O Gauge engine can function on Programming Track
outputs from DCC systems. Most DCC systems can support the current
requirements of the engine as long as it’s not started up. If you plan on powering
up the MTH engine on your programming track, you may want to consider a DCC
Programming Track Booster.
Loading Engine Firmware
Your new MTH PS3.0-equipped O-Gauge engine affords you the ability to load
Engine firmware. Loader version 2.30 or later will allow you to do this. Please refer
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to the Loader program’s instructions for more details. So, as MTH releases new
features or updates you will be able to take full advantage without having to ship
your favorite engine anywhere. All new updates are available on our website. MTH
will make announcements as they are available. Not all updates will apply to all
engines.
NOTE: Requires a TIU w/ version 4.20 or later firmware, and requires
Consumer Loader version 2.30 or later.
LED Lighting
Gone are the incandescent bulbs. Your new PS3.0-equipped engine has LED
lighting. MTH uses various colored LEDs to simulate the correct lighting on your
engines from the warm, yellow-orange colored light coming out of an old lantern
on your favorite steam engine to the high-intensity halogen lamp on the latest
modern diesels, LED's allow for various, correct colors. Also, they require less
power and do not emit as much heat as incandescent bulbs.
Modes of Operation
There are 4 options for operating your MTH Proto-Sound® 3.0-equipped engine;
-Conventional AC
-Conventional DC
-DCS - MTH Digital Command System
-DCC
When the locomotive is placed on the track and power is applied to the track the
locomotive will detect the type of control system being used and respond
accordingly.
Below is an overview of the 4 different systems.
NOTE: You’ll need to have the DCC/DCS switch set correctly if your using
one of those two modes.
Conventional AC Operation
When using conventional AC power, the engine will respond to changes in track
voltage. An increase in track voltage will increase the locomotive speed and a
reduction in track voltage will reduce the engine speed.
A short interruption (approximately 1 to 2 seconds) in the track voltage will cause
the engine to cycle in the sequence for each track voltage interruption (neutral –
forward – neutral – reverse) When power is first applied to the track, the
locomotive will be silent for 1-20 seconds and the headlight will be on, indicating
the super capacitors are charging (The super capacitors provide power to the sound
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system during direction changes or intermittent drops in track power due to dirty
track or on switches, when operating in conventional mode). When the super
capacitors are charged, all the lights will come on and the engine sounds will start
up. There should be no movement, as the engine is in neutral. Causing a short
interruption of track power by using the direction button on the transformer, or by
bringing the throttle to 0 volts and back again, will change the sequence to the
forward state. Then increasing the throttle will begin to move the engine forward,
and speed will increase as the throttle is advanced.
If there is another interruption in track power the sequence will change to the
neutral position again. The engine will remain in the neutral state until there is
another interruption in track power. The next interruption in track power will
move the sequence to the reverse state. The engine will now move in the reverse
direction. If the power interruption was accomplished by using the direction
button and the throttle position was not changed, the engine will run in the reverse
direction at the same speed that it was traveling in the forward position.
Subsequent interruptions in track power of 1-2 seconds will continue the sequence
rotation. If you happen to interrupt track power for longer than about 2 seconds,
the engine will begin its shut down sounds. If this occurs you can cycle the
direction sequence again to get back to the direction you wish to move and once
the engine starts moving its shut down sounds will stop playing (SEE PAGE 9
(direction cycle phases)).
In conventional AC operation the whistle sound, the bell sound, PFA sounds and
other operational functions can be accessed if your transformer has a horn/whistle
button and a bell button. By using combinations of button presses, different
commands besides blowing the whistle and ringing the bell can be initiated.
Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Operating
Instructions
Activating Proto-Sound® 3.0 Conventional AC Mode 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.
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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.
Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
Forward
Neutral
Proto-Sound® 3.0
Manual Volume
Control
Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds
made by this engine, turn the
manual volume control (fig. 7)
clockwise to increase the volume
and counterclockwise to reduce the
volume. Turning the manual volume
control completely counterclockwise
will turn of all of the engine sounds
and announcements.
Fig. 7: Manual Volume Control
Proto-Sound® 3.0 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.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
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Feature to Be Activated
PFA (Passenger/Freight Announcements)
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Reset to Factory Defaults
Button Code:
1 Bell, 2 Horn/Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Horn/Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Horn/Whistles
1 Horn/Whistle, 2 Bells (from Neutral only)
1 Horn/Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Horn/Whistle, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
Passenger/Freight Announcements (PFA)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of either passenger station
announcements or freight yard sounds that you can play when you pull into a
station or 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 PFA sufficient time to run
through each sequence.
•To cue the sound system to play the PFA, 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 PFA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the
train will not move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds.
Proto-Sound 3.0 has disabled operator control over the Horn and Bell
buttons until the full PFA sequence is complete.
•After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the
Direction button again to trigger the second sequence of PFA.
•After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the
third PFA 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 PFA
sequence. The PFA will continue and within a few seconds the bell will
begin ringing, then the engine will begin moving at the current throttle
setting, in the same direction it was traveling when you began the
sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control of the
transformer's bell and Horn buttons and can ring the bell or blow the
Horn as usual.
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Tips on Using PFA
•You can terminate PFA at any time by turning off power to the track for 15 seconds.
•You do not have to be in Forward to use PFA. At the conclusion of the full sequence,
the train will pull away from the station or yard in whatever direction you were going
when you activated the feature.
•You can use PFA even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the second
engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound® 3.0, you must remember not to leave the
throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the engine to run the PFA.
Otherwise, the engine without PFA will begin vibrating on the track as its motors strain
to move the train, since they cannot be automatically disabled during the PFA cycle (or
if an original Proto-Sound® engine, PFA are triggered differently and that engine's
motor-disable feature will not be active when you run PFA in Proto-Sound® 3.0).
•PFA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered while in
motion except that, at the conclusion of the PFA, the engine will depart in the next
direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was traveling before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler™ Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for
remote uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the
Proto-Sound® 3.0 microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section
or modification to your layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or
while in motion. Use the code shown below (and in the chart on p. 25) 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.
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
=
Fire
Rear
Coupler
Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the 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.
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Horn
=
Fire
Front
Coupler
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Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 3.0 have speed control capabilities that
allow the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around
curves, much like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the
run, and the engine will maintain the speed you set.
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
Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it
will not change directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want
(or into neutral to lock it into neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it
will move without halting), and quickly but firmly tap the Horn button once
followed by three quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second
to lapse between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the
engine has made the change.
The engine will not change direction (including going into neutral) until you repeat
the 1 horn, 3 bells code to return the engine to its normal condition, even if the
engine is kept without power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
Horn
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Reset to Factory Default
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its
factory defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn button quickly once, followed by
five quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse
between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has
made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sound Effects
Certain Proto-Sound® 3.0 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.
Conventional DC Operation
Your MTH locomotive will operate on conventional DC track voltage also. However,
functions such as sounding the horn, ringing the bell and the PFA sounds cannot be
initiated in conventional DC. Only the diesel engine sounds, smoke, squealing brakes
and idle sounds will function.
Operation of your MTH Proto-Sound® 3.0 engine in conventional DC is very
similar to operating a conventional AC engine. As you increase track voltage, engine
speed increases.
As the track voltage is decreased, engine speed is decreased. When track voltage
polarity is reversed using the polarity or direction switch on the power pack, the
engine will run in the opposite direction. The electronics in your MTH ProtoSound® 3.0 locomotive are designed to slowly change direction without a need to
change the throttle, if you so desire.
Just change the polarity switch on your DC power pack and the engine will gradually
come to a stop and then automatically begin traveling in the opposite direction. The
speed will build up to the same speed that the engine was going in the previous
direction. When power is first applied to the locomotive, the engine’s sounds will start
up when the track voltage reaches about 8 VDC. To get your locomotive moving,
after the startup sounds have finished and the locomotive is idling, slowly increase the
track voltage until the locomotive is traveling at the desired speed.
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NOTE – If you apply more than 9.0VDC to the engine at start-up the engine will
not move. This is normal. We refer to this as “Anti-Jackrabbit” and this feature
prevents your model from taking off at high track voltages. Simply lower the track
voltage down below 9.0VDC and then back up to get your engine moving. This
applies only when you start up your engine.
DCS - Digital Command System
While the acronyms are close, this is where the similarity ends between DCC and DCS.
Yes they are both digital control systems. However, M.T.H. DCS is not DCC. There
are several proprietary versions of DCC on the market, but DCS is not one of
them. M.T.H.'s DCS System is a proven technology in the O Gauge, One Gauge,
and HO Gauge markets. First the power signal in DCS is not the command signal.
Next DCS employs a fully functional bi-directional communication scheme opening
a vast range of advanced features and yet so simple and intuitive that you can enjoy
them. No programming tracks, bits and bytes, or conversion of binary to
hexadecimal numbers here. To add an engine in DCS, press “ADD ENGINE”.
After that, if you want to start your engine just press “START UP” or to turn the
smoke unit on or off, just press “SMOKE”. No combination of letters or numbers
to remember.
Additional details can be found in the DCS manual that accompanies your DCS
system or on the MTH Web site, www.mthtrains.com With DCS, you can have a
whole fleet of MTH PS 3.0 engines on the rails and they will remain shut down
until you command them to start up.
DCC - Digital Command Control
DCC is a popular digital command scheme wherein the track power is also a digital
control signal. That is, using a DCC controller, you can communicate with multiple
engines and have all of them moving at different speeds and in varying directions
on the same track at the same time. The power/command signal remains constant
and engines are commanded to perform as desired. Your MTH PS3.0-equipped
engine has the ability to decode and respond to these DCC commands. This allows
you to mix and match MTH PS3—equipped engines as well as operate them with
any other manufacturer's DCC-decoder equipped engine. The best part about your
MTH PS3.0-equipped engine is that the decoder is built right in. No need to
remove the hood and install speakers or boards. It's all done for you at the factory.
Each PS3.0-equipped engine has a full complement of lights, sounds, smoke (if
equipped). Just set the model on the rails, apply DCC power and hit F3 on your
DCC handheld controller and you're off and running.
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Basic DCC Operation:
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine takes full advantage of DCC's capabilities.
Below are the basic commands you'll want to know to get started running quickly.
Please refer to the Advanced DCC Operation section of the manual if you want to
dig into the full capability of DCC.
Each engine type may have a slightly different F Function list. This depends upon
whether it's steam, diesel, or electric and whether it has smoke or not. Please refer
to the table of Default CV Values for your particular engine's F Functions.
A note about enabling/disabling F Functions in DCC - Depending upon the DCC
system you have you may need to toggle a particular F Function on then off to
actually get it to enable. Some DCC systems do this for you automatically and
others allow you to set particular F Function buttons to either be set for
momentary or toggle. Please refer to your DCC control station manufacturer's
manual for more information on how they handle F Function buttons.
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine's default short address is 3. So all you
have to do is power up your DCC system and call up Locomotive 3 to begin.
Start-Up/Shut-Down
F3 – Pressing this twice (toggle on then off) will start up your engine. When you
apply DCC power your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine will remain dark and quiet.
Since you likely don't want to run the engine this way, simply press F3 twice to start
your engine. The lights, sound and smoke (if equipped) will come on.
Note – You are actually able to move the engine in DCC without starting it up. Just
increasing the throttle will cause the engine to move. In order for F3 to function
correctly the engine must NOT be moving.
To shut your engine down, press the F3 button twice. This will play the shut down
sounds and then turn the lights and smoke and sounds off. As long as there is DCC
power still on the track the engine can be started up again by pressing the F3 button
twice.
Sounds
Bell/Whistle (Horn)
F1 – Bell. To activate the Bell press F1. To deactivate it, hit F1 again
F2 – Whistle (Horn). To activate the Whistle/Horn, press F2. To shut it off either
let off the F2 button or press and release it
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PFA
F4 – PFA. PFA in MTH lingo stands for Passenger/Freight Announcements. Your
engine is pre-programmed for the appropriate type of sounds based upon the type
of service the real-life engine used in daily operation.
There are five sound sequences or segments in the PFA feature. Each segment is
advanced by you, the operator. You hit the Direction button on the DCC controller
to let the engine know you want it to advance. In most PFA sequences there is a
minimum wait time of about 10 seconds before it will advance. So, here is how a
typical PFA sequence operates:
1. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) to start the PFA
sequence
on the engine. You'll hear “Now arriving…”
2. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) again to stop the engine at the
station. It is recommended to do it this way rather than bring the engine to a
stop with the throttle since PFA allows automatic departure (movement) of the
engine after the last F4 toggle. You'll hear the engine sounds switch from the cab
to the station with all the ambient station sounds you'd hear in the real thing
3. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) again to advance the sequence.
You'll hear “Now boarding…”
4. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) again to advance the sequence.
You'll hear “Now departing…”
5. Press the F4 button twice (toggle F4 on then off) the last time to advance the
sequence. You'll hear “All aboard…” the engine sounds will switch over to the
cab again and the engine will pull away at the same speed it entered the station.
For a few seconds the bell will ring as it's departing the station
Note – In order to maximize the realism, we recommend that you reduce the
engine's speed to a slow pace just prior to hitting the F4 button the first time (to
activate PFA)
Lights
F0 – Headlight/Taillight. This toggles your headlight/taillight on and off.
F5 – Lights. This toggles your firebox and cab interior light on and off.
Master Volume
F6 – Master Volume. There are 10 volume levels. Pressing F6 twice (toggling on
then off) raises the Master Volume one level. The Master Volume loops. That is, if
you go past the 10th level it will loop back around to the 1st or lowest volume level.
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Couplers
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine comes with remotely controlled ProtoCouplers. They can be fired using your DCC handheld.
F7 – Front Coupler. Pressing F7 twice (toggling on then off) will fire your Front
Coupler
F8 – Rear Coupler. Pressing F8 twice (toggling on then off) will fire your Rear Coupler
Forward/Reverse Signal
Just like a real engine, you can announce the direction of intended movement using
your DCC handheld and F9 and F10.
F9 – Forward Signal. Pressing F9 twice (toggling on then off) will sound the
Forward Signal. This is two whistle/horn blasts
F10 – Reverse Signal. Pressing F10 twice (toggling on then off) will sound the
Reverse Signal. This is three whistle/horn blasts
Grade Crossing Signal
Again, just like a real engine, you can trigger the Grade Crossing Signal on your
engine. This is two long, one short, one long whistle/horn blast.
F11 – Grade Crossing Signal. Pressing F11 twice (toggling on then off) will sound
your Crossing Signal.
Smoke (if Equipped)
F12 – Smoke On/Off. Enabling F12 will turn the smoke unit on. Disabling F12
will turn your smoke unit off.
F13 – Smoke Volume. There are three smoke volume levels in your MTH PS3.0equipped engine – Low/Med/High. The default for this is set to High. You
can adjust the smoke output (amount of smoke the generator puts out) by
pressing the F13 button twice. This sets the level to the next step. For
example, if you are currently at the High smoke output level, pressing F13
twice (toggling it on then off) will set the smoke volume to Low. Pressing
F13 twice again will set it to Medium and so on.
Engine Sounds
Engine Sounds – F25. You can turn the Engine Sounds On/Off by pressing the
F25 button. Pressing it once (enabling F25) will cause the Engine Sounds to shut
off. TheWhistle/Horn and Bell sounds will still be active, however. To turn the
engine sounds back on press the F25 button again (disable F25).
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Additional F Functions
Idle Sequence - F14-F16. Pressing F14, F15, or F16 twice (toggling on then off)
will trigger an Idle Sequence if the engine is not moving. These vary from engine
to engine and may include things like checking the coal load, checking the water
level, using the Alemite grease gun on the drivers, etc. When triggered, these will
run through the sequence that varies in duration.
NOTE – The engine must be sitting still in order to trigger these
Extended Start-Up – F17. If your engine is shut down or you've just applied DCC
power pressing F17 twice (toggling it on then off) will start the Extended Start-Up
sounds. This is very similar to F3 except you will hear the crew talking back and
forth about getting the engine ready to run.
Extended Shut-Down – F18. If your engine is already up and running you can play
the Extended Shut Down sounds by pressing F18 twice (toggling on then off). The
Extended Shut Down is very similar to F3 in that the engine will ultimately shut
down, but in the case of Extended Shut Down you will hear the crew talking back
and forth about how the engine ran, time schedules, etc.
Labor Chuff – F19. To force the Labor Chuff sound in a steam engine, press the
F19 button once (enable F19). As long as F19 is enabled the engine will play its
Labor Chuff sounds. To set the sound back to Normal Chuff press the F19 button
again (disable F19).
Drift Chuff – F20. To force the Drift Chuff sound in a steam engine, press the
F20 button once (enable F20). As long as F20 is enabled the engine will play its
Drift Chuff sounds. To set the sound back to Normal Chuff press the F20 button
again (disable F20).
One Shot Doppler – F21. You can set your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine to
simulate the actual Doppler Effect sound a real engine makes as it passes you. To
do this, press the F21 button once (enable F21) and then listen as the engine makes
that pitch shift that mimics the Doppler Effect perfectly. Press the F21 button
again (disable F21) to shut off the Doppler Effect. With a little practice in timing
and speed you can make this happen right in front of you.
Coupler Slack – F22. When an engine hooks up and pulls a train it has to take up
the coupler slack. You can play this sound by pressing F22 twice (toggling on then
off). This feature works two ways – While the engine is sitting still, press F22 twice
to enable it. Then, when you move the engine, it will play the Coupler Slack sound.
The second way is to simply force the sound while the engine is moving. To do
this, simply press F22 twice (toggling it on then off). The sound will play.
Coupler Close – F23. To play the Coupler Close sound press the F23 button twice
(toggling it on then off). You can play this sound as you're coupling cars together
to add realism.
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Single Whistle/Horn Blast – F24. To play a Single Horn Blast press the F24 button
twice (toggling in on then off). This plays a single, short horn blast.
Brake Sounds – F26. Pressing the F26 button (enable F26) will disable the Brake
Sounds for your engine. The Brake Sounds occur when you reduce the speed of
your engine rapidly. To enable the Brake Sounds press the F26 button (disable F26).
Brake Sounds are On by default.
Cab Chatter – F27. Cab Chatter occurs when the engine is sitting at idle. There are
various times when the crew will talk to each other when the engine is sitting at
idle. Pressing the F27 button (enable F27) will disable the Cab Chatter. Pressing the
F27 button again (disable F27) will enable Cab Chatter. Cab Chatter is On by
default.
Feature Reset – F28. See pg. 22.
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Function Chart
Function Description
F0
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
F10
F11
F12
F13
F14
F15
F16
F17
F18
F19
F20
F21
F22
F23
F24
F25
F26
F27
F28
Headlight
Bell
Horn
Start-Up/Shut Down
PFA
Lights
Master Volume
Front Coupler
Rear Coupler
Forward Signal
Reverse Signal
Grade Crossing
Smoke On/Off
Smoke Volume
Idle Sequence 3
Idle Sequence 2
Idle Sequence 1
Extended Start-Up
Extended Shut Down
Labor Chuff
Drift Chuff
One Shot Doppler
Coupler Slack
Coupler Close
Single Horn Blast
Engine Sounds
Brake Sounds On/Off
Cab Chatter On/Off
Feature Reset
*Refer to page 25 & 26 for CV
Data and Function ID
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CV29
CV29 is the basic decoder setup CV that is used by all DCC decoder manufactures.
So, if you are familiar with CV29 from other manufacturer's decoders MTH's is no
different. The most important part of CV29 is the ability to switch between long
and short addressing. By default, CV29 on your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine is set
to 2.
Long and Short Addressing
Like most DCC Decoders, your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine can be programmed
with both Long and Short Address. Short addresses are those from 1-127 and Long
addresses are those from 128-9999. You can program the engine address either
with Programming on the Main (PoM) or using a Programming Track. Since it's
easiest, in most cases, to PoM the instructions will show you how to do it this way.
By default, your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine comes programmed with both a long
and short DCC address. The default Short address is always 3. The default Long
address will be 3333.
To change your engine's Short Address using PoM:
1. Call up the engine's current address on your DCC handheld
2. Enter Programming on the Main on your DCC handheld
3. Enter the new address you want – Remember you can only use address 1-127 for
Short Addressing
4. Once you hit Enter the engine will give you a two whistle/horn blast response
5. Call up the engine on its new address and away you goAlternatively, depending
upon the type of DCC system you have, you can enter PoM and then write the
new address in the Address Menu. This only works for short addressing. For
example, on an MRC Prodigy Advance2 system, you would:
1. Call up the engine's current address on your DCC handheld
2. Hit the PROG button twice to enter PoM mode
3. Hit Enter twice so the LCD displays “Adr”
4. Type in the new Short Address (1-127) that you want and hit Enter
5. The engine will give you a two whistle/horn blast response
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To change your engine's Long Address using PoM:
1. Call up the current engine's address on your DCC handheld
2. Enter Programming on the Main on your DCC handheld
3. In this step you have to tell the MTH engine that you want it to start
looking at long addresses. You do this in CV29:
a. Bring up the CV menu on your DCC handheld
b. Enter “29” to edit CV29
c. Enter “34” to change the value of CV29 and hit Enter
d. The engine will give you a two whistle/horn blast response
4. In the following steps you will now need to write values to CV17 and CV18 to
tell the engine what the long address should be
Feature/Factory Resetting
If all else fails and you aren't sure of something, never fear. You can always get
your engine back to a known state by either performing a Feature or Factory Reset.
There are a couple of ways to reset your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine:
Factory Resets – Clears everything – takes engine to just like it was
when you got it brand new
l
Send a decimal 08 to CV 8 to reset everything
entirely back to factory default
l
Send a decimal 192 to reset everything except user
speed tables
Feature Resets – There are a couple of Feature Resets that you can use
l
Press F28 twice (toggling on then off). This resets the
smoke, volume and lights back to their defaults
l
Send a decimal 64 for a Feature Reset. This resets
volumes, smoke and light settings.
l
Send a decimal 128 to reset only address values back to
factory default
l
This is the same as writing 55 to CV55 to
engine address 55
Note: The engine address has to be
something other than address 55
Lost or Unknown Engine Address and the 55-55-55 Address Reset
In some cases you may not remember or have somehow lost the engine address.
Following the above Feature or Factory Resets will allow you to recover an engine. The
limitation to this is that for most resets you must know the engine address. If you are
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unsure of the engine address you can apply the 55-55-55 reset (send a value of 55
to CV55 to engine address 55). In order for this to work correctly the engine's
address must NOT be 55. The engine will need to be sitting at some address other
than 55.
Below is the method (55-55-55 Reset) you can employ to return an engine to its
factory default short address of 3 (it will also set the engine's long address back to
its default – usually 3333 or the cab number on some models) if you're unsure of
the engine's current address:
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Check first to see if the engine happens to be sitting at address 55. Call up
engine 55 on your DCC handheld and hit F3 to start the engine up. If it starts
up then you can change the address to whatever you want using CV1 (short
address) or CV17 and CV18 (long address)
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If the engine doesn't start up at address 55 then you can use the 55-55-55
reset. To perform this follow the instructions below:
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Ensure the DCC system is powered up and power is on the rails
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Call up engine address 55. NOTE – you are NOT changing the
engine's address to 55 you are just telling the DCC system to start
talking to engine address 55. You will want to make sure that no
other MTH engines are on the rails or any other manufacturer's
engines with an address of 55 are on the rails. MTH engines will
listen for commands coming to engine address 55 when the 55-55-55
reset is enabled even though they are not programmed as address 55
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Enter PoM mode on your DCC handheld and write a value of 55 to
CV55. Again, even though your MTH engine is NOT on address 55
it will still listen for this reset command
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Call up address 3 on your DCC handheld and hit F3. The engine
should now start-up
If you have performed the 55-55-55 reset and the engine still doesn't respond then
place the engine on the programming track output of your DCC system and
program a value of 3 to CV1. This will set the engine's short address to 3.
However, as long as the engine is NOT programmed as address 55 then the 55-5555 reset will always set the engine's long and short addresses back to their factory
defaults. It will also set the engine's addressing back to short (if you happened to
have CV29 set to long addressing)
The 55-55-55 Reset can be confusing at first but the main point to note is that you
are NOT setting the engine's address to 55 to perform the reset, you are just calling
up engine address 55 on your DCC handheld and sending a value of 55 to CV55.
Again, MTH engine's will listen to the 55-55-55 reset command even though the
engine's address isn't actually 55 (and it can't be for the 55-55-55 reset to work).
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MTH PS3.0 Expanded DCC Functionality
Advanced DCC Operation:
This section of the manual provides more in-depth detail on how to set up and
configure your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine using the NMRA-standard CV's as
well as the manufacturer-specific CV's. It also explains some of the other F
Functions not covered in the Basic DCC Operation section.
Configuration Variables (CV)
Configuration Variables used on MTH PS3.0-equppied engines.
CV1
CV2
CV3
CV4
CV5
CV8
CV17
CV18
CV19
CV21
CV22
CV23
Cv24
CV25
CV29
CV52
CV53
CV54
CV55
Short Address: 1-127 are the valid addresses
Start Voltage (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Acceleration Rate (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Deceleration Rate (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Max Voltage (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
MFG ID. MTH =27. Also used for various resets.
High Byte of Extended Address
Low Byte of Extended Address
Consist Address (bit 7=1 on an engine will tell the engine it’s reversed
in a consist)
Defines active Function F1-F8 for the active consist
Defines active functions for FL and F9-F12 for the active consist
(bit 0=1 will tell an engine that you want it’s FL control to operate under
the consist address – bit1-0/bit2=1 will configure the FL control for a
reversed engine in a consist)
Consist Acceleration Rate
Consist Deceleration Adjustment
Speed Table Select
Decoder Configuration
MTH PWM Mode Configuration
MTH Acceleration (1/8 *sMPH/s). For example - a Value of 8 written
would give you 1sMPH/s acceleration
MTH Deceleration Rate (1/8*sMPH/s)
Factory Reset Alternate method: Send a value of 55 to CV55 on address
55 and the model will go back to Factory Default
Note: The engine address has to be something other than address 55 (see pg. 25)
CV63
CV64
CV66
CV67CV94
CV95
CV105
CV106
CV115CV170
MTH Consist Acceleration Rate (1/8*sMPH/s)
MTH Consist Deceleration Rate (1/8*sMPH/s)
Forward Trim(CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
Speed Table Selection (CV29 bit 4 must be set to 1 then CV25 must be
set to 0 or 1)
Reverse Trim (CV52, bit0 must = 1. This will enable PWM Mode)
User ID #1 – General Purpose use for customer
User ID #2 – General Purpose use for customer
MTH Function Assignments – See table of supported CV’s and manual
section on how to re-arrange them for further information
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Below is the table of Factory Default MTH supported DCC CV's. This table is
specific to the engine in the title of this manual:
Factory Default Values for MTH PS3.0 DCC
Configuration Variables (CV’s)
Function Default Value
Key
Decimal Hex Description
1
1
3
16
0
0
0
0
0
192
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
128
64
0
0
0
0
9
19
28
38
47
57
66
76
85
94
104
113
123
132
142
151
161
170
179
189
198
208
217
227
236
246
255
0
03
10
0
0
0
0
0
C0
00
00
00
00
00
00
00
02
00
80
40
00
00
00
0
9
13
1C
26
2F
39
42
4C
55
60
68
71
7B
84
8E
97
A1
AA
B3
BD
C6
D0
D9
E3
EC
F6
FF
0
Short Address
Start Voltage (Cv52 bit 0 must =1)
Accel Adjustment
Decel Adjustment
Max Voltage (Cv52 bit 0 must =1)
NMRA Mfg Version
NMRA Mfg ID
Extended Address High Byte
Extended Address Low Byte
Consist Address
Consist Functions F1-F8
Consist Functions F9-F12
Consist Acceleration Adjustment
Consist Deceleration Adjustment
Speed Table Select
Decoder Configuration
MTH PWM Motor Configuration
MTH Acceleration Rate
MTH Deceleration Rate
MTH Consist Acceleration Rate
MTH Consist Deceleration Rate
Forward Trim
Alternate Speed Curve Step 1
Alternate Speed Curve Step 2
Alternate Speed Curve Step 3
Alternate Speed Curve Step 4
Alternate Speed Curve Step 5
Alternate Speed Curve Step 6
Alternate Speed Curve Step 7
Alternate Speed Curve Step 8
Alternate Speed Curve Step 9
Alternate Speed Curve Step 10
Alternate Speed Curve Step 11
Alternate Speed Curve Step 12
Alternate Speed Curve Step 13
Alternate Speed Curve Step 14
Alternate Speed Curve Step 15
Alternate Speed Curve Step 16
Alternate Speed Curve Step 17
Alternate Speed Curve Step 18
Alternate Speed Curve Step 19
Alternate Speed Curve Step 20
Alternate Speed Curve Step 21
Alternate Speed Curve Step 22
Alternate Speed Curve Step 23
Alternate Speed Curve Step 24
Alternate Speed Curve Step 25
Alternate Speed Curve Step 26
Alternate Speed Curve Step 27
Alternate Speed Curve Step 28
Reverse Trim
User ID #1
User ID #2
Function - Bell High Byte
Function - Bell Low Byte
CV
1
2
3
4
5
7
8
17
18
19
21
22
23
24
25
29
52
53
54
63
64
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
105
106
115
116
Function
Key
Description
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
8
8
9
9
10
10
11
11
12
12
13
13
14
14
15
15
16
16
17
17
18
18
19
19
20
20
21
21
22
22
23
23
24
24
25
25
26
26
27
27
28
28
Horn High Byte
Horn Low Byte
Start-Up/Shut Down High Byte
Start-Up/Shut Down Low Byte
PFA High Byte
PFA Low Byte
Lights High Byte
Lights Low Byte
Master Volume High Byte
Master Volume Low Byte
Front Coupler High Byte
Front Coupler Low Byte
Rear Coupler High Byte
Rear Coupler Low Byte
Forward Signal High Byte
Forward Signal Low Byte
Reverse Signal High Byte
Reverse Signal Low Byte
Grade Crossing High Byte
Grade Crossing Low Byte
Smoke On/Off High Byte
Smoke On/Off Low Byte
Smoke Volume High Byte
Smoke Volume Low Byte
Idle Sequence 3 High Byte
Idle Sequence 3 Low Byte
Idle Sequence 2 High Byte
Idle Sequence 2 Low Byte
Idle Sequence 1 High Byte
Idle Sequence 1 Low Byte
Extended Start-Up High Byte
Extended Start-Up Low Byte
Extended Shut Down High Byte
Extended Shut Down Low Byte
Labor Chuff High Byte
Labor Chuff Low Byte
Drift Chuff High Byte
Drift Chuff Low Byte
One Shot Doppler High Byte
One Shot Doppler Low Byte
Coupler Slack High Byte
Coupler Slack Low Byte
Coupler Close High Byte
Coupler Close Low Byte
Single Horn Blast High Byte
Single Horn Blast Low Byte
Engine Sounds High Byte
Engine Sounds Low Byte
Brake Sounds On/Off High Byte
Brake Sounds On/Off Low Byte
Cab Chatter On/Off High Byte
Cab Chatter On/Off Low Byte
Feature Reset High Byte
Feature Reset Low Byte
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CV
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
128
129
130
131
132
133
134
135
136
137
138
139
140
141
142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
151
152
153
154
155
156
157
158
159
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167
168
169
170
User-Settable F-Function List
This feature allows you to take the 28 F-Functions that currently reside in each
MTH Proto-Sound 3.0-equipped O-Gauge Engine and change the location of that
function. For example: F4 is currently PFA and you'd like that placed down to F28
which is Feature Reset. The below instructions explain how you can do this.
Note – When you set a particular F-Function to a numeric location you are
overwriting that existing number's function. Further, you are leaving the location
where the previous function was moved from empty, which means that F-Function
no longer has any function associated with it
In order to move the F-Functions around you will need to refer to the below table.
Note – The Function Identification number IS NOT the F Function number you'd
use on your DCC handheld. It is used internally in the engine:
Function Identification Chart
SOUNDS
Bell
Brake Sounds
Cab Chatter
Clickety Clack
Coupler Close
Coupler Slack
Drift Chuff
Engine Sounds
Forward Signal
Grade Crossing Signal
Horn
Idle Sequence 1
Idle Sequence 2
Idle Sequence 3
Idle Sequence 4
Labor Chuff
Master Volume
Short Horn
One Shot Doppler
Reverse Signal
FUNCTION
IDENTIFICATION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
SCRIPTS
Extended Shut Down
Extended Start Up
PFA
Start Up/Shut Down
Train Wreck
Trolley Manual Mode
Trolley Learn Mode
Trolley Auto Mode
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
OTHER
FUNCTIONS
Feature Reset
Front Coupler
Front Pantograph
Up/Down
Pantograph
Auto/Manual
Rear Coupler
Rear Pantograph
Up/Down
Rev Down
Rev Up
Smoke On/Off
Smoke Volume
LIGHTS
Lights
FUNCTION
IDENTIFICATION
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
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The above list includes ALL F functions that an MTH PS3 engine could have. You
are free to change any of the above listed items to any F function position, 1-28.
For example, if you your engine came from the factory without a smoke unit but
you added one at a later date you could swap out any of the F functions, 1-28, for
the Smoke On/Off and the Smoke Volume.
So, using the example above of moving F4 to F28 here are the steps:
1. Refer the MTH Supported CV table to see what CV the destination Function is
assigned to. In doing so, you are looking only for the Low Byte CV location. In
this case it's CV170
2. Using your DCC system, bring up CV programming for CV170
3. Now tell the engine which F-Function you want to write at CV170. So, looking
at the Function ID table above you can see that PFA is a value of 23
4. Using your DCC system, enter a value of 23 for CV170 and hit Enter. You have
just re-assigned the PFA sound to F28 on your DCC controller. The engine will
give you a two horn blast indication. Note – You've also left an empty location
where PFA used to be (F4)
5. Now you can fill that location with whichever CV you'd like. For this example
we are just going to move the Feature Reset up to F4 (we're just swapping F4
and F28)
6. Since F4's Low Byte is CV122 then bring up CV programming for CV122
7. Now tell the engine which F-Function you want to write at CV122. So, looking at
the Function ID table above you can see that Feature Reset is a value of 29
8. Using your DCC system, enter a value of 29 for CV122 and hit Enter. Your
engine will give you a two horn blast indication
Custom Speed Tables
Below is a table that shows the value to write to CV25 to achieve the desired speed
curve. For example, if you would like to use speed curve 18 then:
1. Write a value of 1 to CV52 to enable PWM Mode
2. Write a value of 1 to bit 4 of CV29
3. Write a value of 18 to CV25. Your engine will now use the speed curve #18 below
4. If you want to create your own speed table using CV's 67-94 then write a
0 or 1 to CV25
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value of
Advanced Consisting
Advanced Consisting follows the NMRA standards. Any values assigned to CV's
21-24 are ignored once the consist is removed (CV19 set to 0).
Setting the MSB (Bit 7) of CV19 tells the engine that it is facing reverse in
the consist
Setting CV21 and CV22 determine which F Functions the consist
responds to
See diagram below for example
F
R
Engine 1 - Front
F
R
F
Engine 2 - Middle
R
Engine 3 - Rear
Normal Forward Direction of Travel
To set this consists up so that:
The Headlight is ON in the Front engine when going Forward, OFF
when the consist is in Reverse
The Reverse light and headlight is OFF in the Rear engine when the
consist is going Forward, headlight is ON, reverse light is OFF
when the consist is in Reverse
The Middle engine has no lights in either direction
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Perform the following:
1. Build the consist using your DCC system per the DCC system's manufacturer's
instructions. In many newer systems you have the ability to tell the system which
engine is reversed. Remember the consist address you told the DCC system to be
built at as you'll need to come back to that address to actually run the consist.
The instructions assume only CV19 gets the consists address and nothing more
2. Call up the Front engine on your DCC handheld; address 1 in this example
3. Select CV22 and write a value of 1. This tells the engine that it's a forward facing
engine and that you want F0 to control the FL function at the consist address. The
engine will give you two horn blasts to announce that it received the CV change
4. Ensure F0 is deactivated at the Front engine's address. Most systems have a light
bulb icon to indicate whether F0 is active or not. Ensure that it is OFF
5. Call up the Rear engine on your DCC handheld; address 3 in this example
6. Set CV19 to 128 + the value of your consist address
-So, if your consist address is 4 you would add 128+4=132.
You would write 132 to CV19. This tells the Rear engine that it's
reversed in the consist. You will get two horn blasts to announce that it
received the CV change. Some DCC systems may already do this for
you but the instructions assume your system does not. If you are in
doubt then go ahead and follow step 5 as it will do no harm
7. Set CV22 to a value of 2 to the Rear engine's address to tell the Rear engine that
you want to control its FL control with the F0 button at the consist address. The
engine will give you two horn blasts to announce that it received the CV change
8. Ensure F0 is deactivated at the Rear engine's address. Most systems have a light
bulb icon to indicate whether F0 is active or not. Ensure that it is OFF
9. Call up the Middle engine on your DCC handheld; address 2 in this example
10. Ensure F5 and F0 are toggled OFF. You may have to toggle F5 on/off a couple
times to get the lights in sync with the DCC command station. This will depend
upon your DCC system
11. Call up the consist address (address 4 in this example)
12. Press the F0 button to ensure the FL is toggled on. Most systems have a light
bulb icon to indicate whether F0 is active or not. Ensure that it is ON
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NOTE – The convenient thing about setting up the consist as described above is
that it allows you flexibility in the orientation of an engine in a consist; particularly
the head and tail engines where the FL control is integral. For example, if you
wanted to flip the Rear engine around and make it face forward in the consist all
you'd have to do is go into the Rear engine's address (address 3 in the example) and
clear bit 7 of CV19. In other words, just write the consist's address to CV19. The
FL control will automatically understand what you've done so there is no need to go
in and change CV22.
Below is a table that outlines which bits correspond to what F Functions F0, F9-F12
are used in a consist:
Bit
(Decimal
Value)
7 (128)
Not
Used
6 (64)
Not
Used
5 (32)
4 (16)
3 (8)
2 (4)
1 (2)
0 (1)
F
Function
Not
Used
Not
Used
F12
F11
F10
F9
F0
(Engine
Facing
Rev)
F0
(Engine
Facing
Fwd)
Setting Up CV21 for a Consist
CV21 allows you to set which F Functions you want the consist address to control.
For example, you will likely want all of your MTH consist engines to respond to
Start-Up/Shut Down (F3). Also, you'll likely want at your Front engine to respond
to the Bell and Horn commands (F1 and F2, respectively) and the Front Coupler
(F7 on most MTH models). Likewise, you'll want your Rear engine to respond to
the Rear Coupler command (F8 on most MTH models).
Please refer to the table below to see which bits have what decimal value and which
F Function they correspond to.
To do this:
1. Call up the Front engine on your DCC system
2. To set the Front engine to respond to the Bell (F1), Horn (F2), Start-Up/Shut
Down (F3) and Front Coupler (F7) you will want to write a value of 71 to CV21.
This is setting bits 0, 1, 2, and 6 ON.
a. CV21's bits are shown in the table below – the decimal value is shown in
parenthesis:
Bit
(Decimal
Value)
F
Function
7 (128)
6 (64)
5 (32)
4 (16)
3 (8)
2 (4)
1 (2)
0 (1)
F8
F7
F6
F5
F4
F3
F2
F1
NOTE - CV21 is ONLY used when you have some value other than 0 written to
CV19. If CV19 = 0 then the values of CV21, CV22, CV23, and CV24 are not used
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1. Call up your Middle engine (address 2 in the example)
2. Since you want to have the Middle engine respond to F3 only then write a value
of 4 (CV21, bit 2 = ON)
3. Call up your Rear engine (address 3 in the example)
4. Since you want to have the Rear engine respond to the Start-Up/Shut Down (F3)
and Rear Coupler (F8) functions you want to write a value of 132 to CV21
Your engines are now set up according to the example above.
You will note that there is no F0 in CV21. This is because that function (FL) is
controlled by CV22. Please refer to the Advanced Consisting section for more
information regarding CV22.
Programming Track
Your MTH PS3.0-equipped engine can function on Programming Track outputs
from DCC systems. Because each DCC system manufacturer's output capabilities
on the Programming Track differ it is recommended that you use a DCC
Programming Track Booster to perform functions on the programming track.
Simply put – try to program or read back the address of an MTH engine on a
programming track. If you can read/write the address then you won't need a
Programming Track Booster. If your DCC system can't read/write then you will
likely need a Programming Track booster. There are a few different manufacturers
of these boosters. Your local dealer can provide you with more information on
these boosters. MTH has used the DCC Specialties Power Pax with some success.
NOTE – An alternative to writing on a Programming Track is to simply Program
on the Main (PoM). MTH engines support PoM to write any CV on the main.
However, read back is not supported on the main. Check with your DCC system's
manufacturer to see about any limitations they may have to PoM.
DCC Bit Value Decoder
Example Value (bit 7 -> bit 0) 11011001
Bit
(Decimal
Value)
Binary
Example
Decimal
Value
7(128) 6(64)
1(on)
128
5(32)
4(16)
3(8)
2(4)
1(2)
0(1)
1(on) 0(off) 1(on) 1(on) 0(off) 0(off) 1(on)
64
0
16
8
0
0
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So, in the above example you simply add up the values in the “Decimal Value” row
– 128+64+0+16+8 +0+0+1 = 217. You would write 217 to the CV you were
altering.
The above applies to any CV. Also, if you have a CV that already has a value
assigned that you do not want to alter but need to make additions to it, for example
CV29, you would simply add the additional bits you enabled to the existing value to
obtain the new CV value.
For example, if you had a consist address (CV19) set to 5 and you wanted to alter
this to show an engine reversed in the consist you would need to set bit 7 (decimal
value = 128) for the engine you want to reverse. To do this - take 128 (the new bit
you want to set) + 5 (the existing bit that you do not want to alter) = 133. You
would then write a value of 133 to CV19.
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Maintenance
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
DO NOT
OVER OIL
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run
properly.
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” below. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate Front and Rear Wheels
Lubricate Pivot Points
Lubricate Side Rods (L)
Lubricate Gears (L)
Lubricate Pick Up Rollers (L)
Fig. 8: Lubricating the Locomotive
Removing the Boiler
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. Remove screw from top of engine.
2. Remove screws from end.
Fig. 9:
Removing
Screw
3. Remove 2 screws from bottom of engine.
Fig. 10: Removing Screws
Fig. 11: Removing Screws
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3. Remove body and unscrew gear box
5. Remove cap from gear box.
Fig. 12: Unscrewing Gearbox screws
Fig. 13: Removing Cap
6. Use a grease tube dispenser to put a small amount (1-2ml.) of lithium-based
grease into the gearbox and axles. Reassemble engine in reverse order.
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires, and Track
Periodically check the locomotive wheels and
pickups for dirt and buildup, which can cause
poor electrical contact and traction and
prematurely wear out the neoprene traction tires.
Wheels and tires can be cleaned using denatured
(not rubbing) alcohol applied with a cotton
swab.
To clean the track, use RailKing® Track
Cleaning Fluid found in Maintenance Kit
(30-50010) or denatured (not rubbing) alcohol and a clean rag. Unplug the
transformer and wipe the rails of the track, turning the rag frequently to ensure that
you are using clean cloth on the rails. Thereafter, keep an eye on the track and
clean it when it gets dirty to ensure good electrical contact and to lengthen the life
of the tires.
Clean any type of track with this heavy-duty track cleaning block (40-1099).
Durably constructed from ABS plastic, the block includes a built-in cleaning pad.
For really stubborn track, you can insert sandpaper into the block in just a few
quick steps.
Track Cleaning Block (40-1099)
Maintenance Kit (30-50010)
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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, they may occasionally
need to be replaced.
STEP
1
! Remove the side rods (the rods that connect each drive wheel to the other) from
the wheels in order to slip the new tire over the grooved drive wheel. These bolts
can be loosened with a 5.5 mm nutdriver.
! Clean the groove using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol.
STEP
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.
! Clean the groove using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol.
! Slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it useful to use two small flathead
screwdrivers to stretch the tire over the wheel.
! If you twist the tire while stretching it over the wheel, you will need to remove and
reinstall the tire. Otherwise your engine will wobble while operating.
! Make sure the tire is fully seated inside the groove. Use a razor blade to trim away
any excess tire that doesn't seat itself inside the groove properly.
ProtoSmoke™ Unit Operation
This steam 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
Add 15-20 Drops
oil-based fluid that emits a harmless smoke. The smoke is then
Smoke Fluid
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.
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When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops
of smoke fluid through the smokestack. We
recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke fluid (a small
pipette of ProtoSmoke fluid is included). Do not
overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the
interior engine components.
Fig. 14: Adding Fluid
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 control (Full Counter
Clockwise Position) located under the tender
body. Failure either to 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 the
Smoke Unit Cover
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
Wick in
Wick in
prevent the wick from drying out.
Good
Poor
Condition
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Condition
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After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting
the wickdiminish, add another 10-15 drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke
unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15
drops of fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting
the wick soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
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 boiler shown on Page 12 “Removing the
Boiler”. Remove the smoke unit inspection cover from the locomotive's body
(shown on page 14). 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. When priming new wick add 40 drops.
ProtoSmoke™ Fluid
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
ProtoSmoke is the recommended fluid for
M.T.H. products and can be used in other
manufacturers products as well. Choose from 12 different scents:
Christmas, Coal, Diesel, Wood Burning, Coffee, Eggs & Bacon,
Vanilla, Candy Cane, Barbeque, Pipe Smoke, Cinnamon Roll, and
Apple Pie
LED Lighting (Engine Only)
Gone are the incandescent bulbs. Your new PS3.0-equipped engine has LED
lighting. MTH uses various colored LED's to simulate the correct lighting on your
engines from the warm, yellow-orange colored light coming out of an old lantern
on your favorite steam engine to the high-intensity halogen lamp on the latest
modern diesels, LED's allow for various, correct colors. Also, they require less
power and do not emit as much heat as incandescent bulbs.
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 3.0 Problems
Although Proto-Sound® 3.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use, you
may have some questions during initial operation. The following table should answer
most questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this table, contact M.T.H.
for assistance (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009; service@mthrailking.com, 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Conventional AC
Starting Up
Solution
Only my headlight comes on, nothing
else.
This is normal behavior. The super capacitors
are charging and this will take between 1-20
seconds. (see page 9 for more details)
When I first turn the power on, the
engine will not begin to run.
This is normal behavior. To prevent accidental
high-speed start-ups, Proto-Sound® 3.0 is
programmed to start up in neutral anytime
track power has been turned off for several
seconds. See the “Basic Operation” section
for more details.
The engine will not start after I press the You may not be sending enough power to the
track to power the engine. Rotate throttle
Direction button.
clockwise to increase track power.
Horn
I can't get the horn to blow when I press
the Horn button.
Solution
You may be pressing the button too quickly.
Try pressing the Horn button more slowly,
taking approximately one full second to fully
depress the button.
Bell
Solution
I can't get the bell to ring when I press
the bell button.
You may be pressing the button too quickly.
Try pressing the bell button more slowly,
taking approximately one full second to fully
depress the button.
Coupler
Solution
When I try to fire the coupler, PFA starts. You are waiting too long between Horn button
presses. See the timing instructions located
at the beginning of the "Proto-Sound® 3.0
Operating Instructions" section.
The Proto-Coupler™ won't let the engine Try lubricating the coupler knuckle and rivet
with a dry graphite lubricant.
uncouple on the fly.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe with
The coupler does not fire or stay
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and
coupled.
let dry.
Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds
don't play.
Solution
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at random
intervals.
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Lock-out
Solution
I can't get the engine to run after I power
up the transformer. It sits still with the
diesel and compressor sounds running.
The engine won't lock into forward,
neutral, or reverse.
The engine maybe locked into the neutral
position. Follow the procedure in the "Lock
into a Direction" section to unlock the
engine's direction. Engine speed must be
below 10 scale mph (approx. 10 volts or less
in conventional mode).
Volume
The sounds seem distorted, especially
when the Horn or bell is activated.
No Sound
PFA
Once in PFA, the engine doesn’t go into
reverse.
When the PFA enters its last sequence
the bell automatically comes on
When PFA is enabled, pressing the
whistle and bell has no effect
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not
play or the engine does not come out of
PFA after fourth press of the direction
button.
Solution
Proto-Sound® 3.0 volume is set too high.
Turn the volume control knob on the bottom
of the chassis counter-clockwise to reduce
the volume.
Volume is set too low, adjust volume control
knob on the bottom of the chassis clockwise
to increase the volume or check connector to
speaker.
Solution
So that PFA effects can be as realistic
as possible, Proto-Sound® 3.0 disables
the reversing unit whenever PFA is
enabled. This way the engine remains
still at its stop as the operator cycles
through the PFA sequences.
PFA is programmed to start ringing the
bell at that point. After approximately 12
seconds, it will automatically turn off.
Because PFA must control various
effects in each sequence, Proto-Sound®
3.0 takes control of these sound effects
until you exit PFA
Each PFA clip must play for aprox. 30
seconds before PFA will advance to the
next step in the PFA cycle. Wait at least
30 seconds in each PFA sound clip
before pressing the direction button.
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Conventional DC
Start-up
When I apply power to the track my
engine doesn't do anything. No lights,
no sound, no nothing.
Solution
Check to see if that section of track has power.
Use a voltmeter or a lit passenger car.
Slide the engine a couple of feet in either
direction, you may have a bad track section
Have you got that section electrically isolated
with a toggle switch or other device?
Sound
Solution
I have no sound from my engine, but
my lights are on and it moves just fine.
Check the volume pot on your tender. Full CW
= Max volume
There's a crackling sound from my
engine
Check to see if a screw or some other material
hasn't lodged itself in the underside of the
chassis or tender
Make sure smoke volume pot is turned full CW
Smoke
My engine isn't smoking at all
Solution
Make sure smoke volume pot is turned full CW
If you just filled it with smoke fluid sometimes
the fluid can make a seal in the stack. Blow
down the stack to clear the air bubble
Check the Tender/Boiler drawbar connection.
You've got to have them locked together
My engine's smoke output is low
If you've been running your engine in DCS or
DCC mode the smoke may have gotten set to
Low or Med. With the engine running in DCS or
DCC set the smoke back to High. It'll remember
what you last set it as when you run it again in
Conventional DC
Check for an obstruction in the smoke stack
Add 10-12 drops of smoke fluid
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Lights
One of my lights is out.
None of my lights are on.
Solution
Most likely you had been running the engine
in DCC or DCS mode and toggled that light
off. Put it back into one of those modes and
turn that light back on. The engine will
remember that when you run it again in
Conventional DC.
Could be the same reason as “One of my
lights is out”
Is the engine getting power? Check to see if
there if voltage on the track or move the
engine a few feet in either direction.
Motion
Solution
When I apply power to the track my
Lower the track voltage then raise it again.
engine starts up (lights and sound) but it The engine should start moving. If you apply
greater than 9VDC quickly the engine will just
won't move
sit there. Lowering it below 9VDC then raising
it will get the engine moving.
My engine hesitates at slow speeds.
An engine may do this right out of the box if it
has not been lubricated. Follow the lubrication
instructions. Now go ahead and run it.
New engines even after they are lubricated
may take a little bit to get everything run in. Be
a little patient and let it run for a bit. It should
clear up shortly after lubricating and running.
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DCC
Start-up
Solution
When I apply power to the track my
Did you press F3 yet? F3 on your DCC
engine doesn’t do anything. No lights, no handheld will start your engine up.
sound.
Check to see if that section of track has
power. Use a voltmeter or a lit passenger car,
not your tongue.
Slide the engine a couple of feet in either
direction, you may have a bad track section.
Have you got that section electrically isolated
with a toggle switch or other device?
Sound
Solution
I have no sound on my engine, but my
lights are on and it moves just fine.
You may have it turned off. Repeatedly press
F6 to cycle through the volume levels (there
are 9 levels, 0-max).
There's a crackling sound from my
Check to see if a screw or some other
engine
material hasn't lodged itself in the underside
of the engine.
When I run Doppler I can hear the
This is normal. You will need to press the F21
Doppler shift but then the engine sounds button again to turn Doppler off. Your engine
sounds will now return to normal.
fade out and I can’t get them back.
Smoke
My engine isn’t smoking at all.
My engine barely smokes.
Solution
Make sure you’ve got the smoke switch ON. It
must be ON for the smoke to operate in DCC
Mode.
Press F12 on your DCC handheld. This will
activate the smoke.
If you just filled it with the smoke fluid
sometimes the fluid can make a seal in the
stack blow down the stack to clear the air
bubble.
You may have set the smoke to Low. F13 will
vary the smoke levels. Or, if you were running
it in DCS mode you may have toggled it there
(if you don’t have F13 on your DCC handheld
you will have to put it back into DCS mode
and change it from there), or follow the
instructions starting on pg. 29 to move the
smoke volume into an F Function that exists
on your controller
Check for an obstruction in the smoke
stack
Add 10-12 drops of smoke fluid
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Lights
One of my lights is out.
None of my lights are on.
Solution
Check your F keys. F0 is the headlight (also
controls the Back-up light) and F5 will toggle
the Cab light and firebox light. F19 and F 20
will also toggle Train/No Train & Train
Operation.
Could be the same reason as “One of my
lights is out”
Check the state of F-Functions F19 and F20
or issue a Feature Reset using F28
Is the engine getting power? Check to see if
there is voltage on the track or move the
engine a few feet in either direction.
Motion
Solution
When I apply power and hit F3, my
engine powers up but it won’t move.
This is normal, dial up the speed on your DCC
controller to make your engine move.
My engine hesitates at slow speeds.
An engine may do this right out of the box if it
has not been lubricated. Follow the lubrication
instructions. Now go ahead and run it.
New engines even after they are lubricated
may take a little bit to get everything run in. Be
a little patient and let it run for a bit. It should
clear up shortly after lubricating and running.
PFA
I hit F4 to start the PFA but the engine
just keeps ringing its bell, that’s all it’ll
do.
Why does my engine run away all by
itself after the PFA is over?
Shut Down
Okay, I give up. What do I have to do to
shut it down?
Lost or Unknown Address
I can't call up my engine on the address
I believe it to be set at
Solution
Bring the engine speed to 0. You will now hear
the station arrival sounds (pretty cool, huh?).
Pressing F4 will cycle through the PFA
sequence (check out the PFA section of the
manual for more)
This is normal. The engine will leave the
station at the same speed it entered (when
you hit F4 the first time). You can not control
the speed of your engine while it’s leaving the
station until the bell stops ringing.
Solution
Well, you can either remove power from
the track or press F3 again.
Solution
Perform the 55-55-55 Reset instructions
on page 25
If you are trying to talk to an engine on its
short address you may have set CV29 to
activate long addressing. Try to get a hold of
the engine on its last known long address
Place the engine on the Programming Track
output on your DCC system and write a value
of 3 to CV1
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DCS (Remember, it's NOT DCC)
Start-up
Solution
This is normal. You have to hit the Start-Up
When I apply power to the track my
engine doesn't do anything. No lights, no button.
sound, no nothing.
Check to see if that section of track has
power. Use a voltmeter or a lit passenger car,
not your tongue.
I get an error when I hit Start-Up
DCS is polarity sensitive when powered
by a DC power supply.
Sound
Slide the engine a couple of feet in either
direction, you may have a bad track section
Have you got that section electrically isolated
with a toggle switch or other device?
Have you recently changed the engine
address?
Check if there is power on that section of
track the engine is sitting on (there has to be
power for the signal to get to the engine and
for the engine to be able to hear it)
Check the polarity of the DC power supply
connected to the Fixed 1 or Fixed 2 Inputs.
Shut down power, reverse the inputs and
repower DCS. Hitting the startup button on
the DCS remote should start up the engine.
If you have two engines on the track they
both may have the same address. Take one
of them off the rails and try it again
Solution
When I press the Whistle Button on my
DCS remote or DCS commander the
whistle doesn't blow
Check if the playable whistle is active. On the
DCS Commander there will be two dashes on
the right side of the LCD if it's active. Press
“A1” twice to ensure it's turned off. On your
DCS remote press the “SPW” button twice to
ensure it's disabled
I have no sound on my engine, but my
lights are on and it moves just fine
You may have it turned off. Repeatedly press
VOL + to bring the Master Volume up
There's a crackling sound from my
engine
When I run Doppler I can hear the
Doppler shift but then the engine sounds
fade out and I can't get them back
Did you turn off the ENG Sounds? Press the
ENG SND button on your DCS controller.
Check that you haven't lowered any of the
independent engine volumes (Eng Sounds,
Bell, Whistle, or Accent)
Check to see if a screw or some other material
has lodged itself in the underside of the
engine.
This is normal. You will need to press the
Doppler button again to turn Doppler off. Your
engine sounds will now return to normal
*Make sure that you have the DCC/DCS Switch set to ‘DCS’.
Otherwise your engine will not function properly in DCS Mode.
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Smoke
My engine isn’t smoking at all
My engine barely smokes
Solution
Press the smoke button, this will activate the
smoke
If you just filled it with the smoke fluid
sometimes the fluid can make a seal in the
stack. Blow down the stack to clear the air
bubble.
You may have set the smoke to Low. This can
be changed from Low to Med to High.
Check for an obstruction in the smoke
stack
Add 10-12 drops of smoke fluid
Lights
One of my lights is out.
None of my lights are on.
Solution
Check that you haven't turned it off with the
DCS controller. You have independent control
over lights on your engine
Could be the same reason as “One of my
lights is out”
Is the engine getting power? Check to see if
there is voltage on the track or move the
engine a few feet in either direction.
Motion
Solution
When I apply power and hit Start-up, my This is normal, dial up the speed on your DCS
engine powers up but it won’t move.
Remote to make your engine move.
My engine hesitates at slow speeds.
An engine may do this right out of the box if it
has not been lubricated. Follow the lubrication
instructions. Now go ahead and run it.
New engines even after they are lubricated
may take a little bit to get everything run in. Be
a little patient and let it run for a bit. It should
clear up shortly after lubricating and running.
PFA
Solution
When I enter PFA all that happens is the Press the DIR button. Your engine will stop
and begins the arrival sequence. Pressing the
bell rings. What do I do?
DIR button will cycle you through the next 3
PFA sequences
Why does my engine run away all by
itself after the PFA is over?
Shut Down
Okay, I give up. What do I have to do to
shut it down?
Lost or Unknown Address
I can't call up my engine on the address
I believe it to be set at
This is normal. The engine will leave the
station at the same speed it entered (when hit
the PFA button). The speed setting can be
changed after the bell stops ringing.
Solution
Well, you can either remove power from
the track or press or press Shut-Down.
Button on the DCS Remote
Solution
Delete the engine from your DCS remote,
and attempt to re-add it.
On the DCS Remote, hit Menu System
Engine Setup Recover Engine
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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Proto-Sound® 3.0 is designed to work with most standard AC transformers.
The chart below lists the many compatible transformers. Note that many of the
operational commands described in these instructions require a bell button, so if
your transformer does not have its own bell button, you should consider adding
one to get the full benefit of the system. In addition, the chart details how the
terminals on these transformers should be attached to your layout.
RECOMMENDED AC TRANSFORMERS
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
MTH Z-1000
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
100-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
Lionel 1032
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1032M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1033
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1044
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1053
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
U
A
8-18v
135VA
Electronic
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300-Watt
Electronic
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
Lionel Post-War
Celebration
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
Common
0-20v
135/190 Watt
Electronic
Powermaster
Electronic
* Conventional Mode Only
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DC Power Supply Chart
RECOMMENDED DC TRANSFORMERS
Transformer
Model
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Notes On Use
Transformer
Type
Not Recommended For #70-3001-1 J3a
Electronic
MRC 6200
0-18.5v
60-Watt
MRC
Controlmaster 20
0-20v
100-Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS5
0-20v
100-Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS10G
0-20v
180-Watt
Electronic
Bridgeworks
Magnum 15
0-24v *
300-Watt
Electronic
Bridgeworks
Magnum 200
0-24v *
300-Watt
Electronic
Bridgeworks
Magnum 400
0-24v *
300-Watt
Electronic
Bridgeworks
Magnum 1000
0-24v *
300-Watt
Electronic
LGB Jumbo
#50101
0-24v *
240-Watt
Not recommended for #70-3001-1 J3a
Electronic
FOR ANALOG DC OPERATION ONLY
18VDC on
Crest CRE-55460
Power Supply w/ Supply, 0-18VDC
CRE-55401 Controller at Controller
180-Watt
Controller has PWM Output
from Fixed DC Input
DO NOT Use with the DCS System (TIU)
Electronic
PWM Output from this power supply
Will DAMAGE the TIU
* Use 22 volts maximum track voltage when operating a MTH locomotive equipped with
Proto-Sound, Loco-Sound, or Proto-Sound 2.0
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Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System
(Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound® 3.0 engine yields
wonderfully realistic sound and several train control features, command mode
operation allows the user to access a world of command functions never before
accessible to O Gauge railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control
System (including a DCS remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain
many advanced features, including:
•DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in
scale miles per hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows
operator to set maximum speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
•ProtoSmoke™ Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke
each engine outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
•Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker
and interior lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
•Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound® 2.0 and
Proto-Sound® 3.0 engines but does not turn off the input power to the TIU
•One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all
DCS-controlled locomotives' sounds
•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,
and Accent Sounds for each Locomotive
•Control up to 99 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, Direction Control Set Up-User can set initial
individual start-up direction (start in forward or reverse) for doubleheading 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 troubleshooting 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.mthtrains.com. Authorized Service
Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only from that store; all other repairs may-- or may not
be done at the store's own discretion. If you did not purchase the item directly from the ASC, you will need to
select a National Authorized Service Center (NASC). These centers are compensated by M.T.H. to perform
warranty service for any customer whose repair qualifies for warranty service. A list of NASC retailers can be
located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling 410-381-2580. Should the warranty no longer apply, you may choose
either an ASC or NASC retailer to service your M.T.H. Product. A reasonable service fee will be charged.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam and plastic
wrapping material to prevent damage to the merchandise. There is no need to return the entire set if only one of
the components is in need of repair unless otherwise instructed by the Service Center. The shipment must be
prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name, address, daytime phone number,
e-mail address (if available), Return Authorization number (if required by the service center, a copy of your sales
receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to facilitate the repairs. Please include the
description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a service technician when contacting the Service
Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for service.
Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not agents or representatives of
M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for material left in their
possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com, or call 410 381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an M.T.H. Authorized Retailer are covered by this warranty provided the
product was manufactured within five years of the date of purchase. This warranty is for the original purchaser
and is non-transferable.
See our website www.mthtrains.com to identify an M.T.H. Authorized Retailer near you.
M.T.H. products may be registered online in advance of warranty work at www.mthtrains.com/warranty. The
original sales receipt and the conditions below must be met regardless of whether the product is registered on the
M.T.H. website in order to obtain warranty service.
M.T.H. products manufactured within five years from the date of purchase are warrantied for one year against
defects in material or workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit
wicks, and traction tires. We will repair, replace, or credit (at our option) the defective part without charge for the
parts or labor if the following conditions are met: (1) the item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service
Center* (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center (NASC) or M.T.H. Electric Trains Service
Department, (2) was manufactured within the previous five years and (3) was purchased within one year of the
original date of purchase from an M.T.H. Authorized Retailer. Products manufactured after the five year cutoff
from the date of purchase are not covered under any warranty by M.T.H. Electric Trains. The manufacture date of
an item can be verified on the item's detail page “shipping date field” on the M.T.H. website (www.mthtrains.com).
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 M.T.H. Authorized Retailer, 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.
* Authorized Service Centers (ASC) are only obligated to provide warranty service for any consumer who has
purchased the specific M.T.H. item from them that requires service work.
Service Department:
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD 21046-1532
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