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Shay Steam Engine
Compatibility
This steam engine will operate on any traditional O-54 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 24 for a complete list of compatible transformers and wiring instructions.)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Set Up ..........................................................................................................3
Basic Operation ......................................................................................4
Transformer Controls ......................................................................4
Volume Control ................................................................................4
Proto-Sound 2.0 ......................................................................................5
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features ..............5
Freight Yard Sounds ........................................................................5
Tips on Using FYS ............................................................................6
Proto-Coupler ® Operation................................................................7
Speed Control ..................................................................................7
Lock into a Direction State ..............................................................7
Reset to Factory Defaults ................................................................8
Automatic Sounds ............................................................................8
Maintenance ..............................................................................................9
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions ............................................9
Cleaning the Wheels, Tires and Track ............................................10
Locomotive Traction Tire Replacement ........................................10
Smoke Unit Operation & Maintenance..........................................11
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement ............................................12
Self-Charging Battery Back-Up ......................................................13
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................14
Compatibility ..........................................................................................16
Transformer Compatibility Chart ......................................................17
Additional Features with DCS Remote Control System ............18
Safety Precautions ................................................................................19
Service and Warranty Information ..................................................20
Authorized Service Centers ................................................................21
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SET UP
There are a few simple steps you must take before operating this Premier
steamer.
1. You should prime the operating smoke unit with smoke fluid before
operating. Add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the smokestack, then
gently blow into the stack to eliminate any air bubbles in the fluid.
(See Fig. 4 on page 11)
2. If you choose not to prime the unit with fluid, turn the smoke unit
switch located under the tender to the OFF position. (See Fig. 5 on
page 11) 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.
3. You should lubricate all gears, rods and linkage components also
pickup rollers to prevent them from squeaking. Use light household oil
and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig. 2 on page 9. Do not
over oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
4. Put your engine on the track.
5. Since the Shay engine and tender are semi-permanently connected
with a drawbar, the wire harness should be connected. However you
should check to make sure the wire harness plug is inserted completely
into the receptacle under the engine cab.
WARNING: DO NOT CONNECT T H I S ENGINE TO A TENDER FROM ANOTHER
ENGINE; IT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO YOUR MODEL.
At this point, you are ready to begin running your engine.
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BASIC OPERATION
THROTTLE
Throttle up the power to your track. Give enough power so that the engine’s
headlight shines brightly. Then put the engine in to motion by either firmly
pressing the Direction button on your transformer or remote once or dropping
and advancing to throttle to put the engine in forward.
OPERATION BUTTONS
Use the operation buttons on your transformer as described below.
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. the whistle has four different endings, depending
on whether you hold the button for less than three seconds, three seconds, four
seconds, five seconds or longer.
Bell - To sound the bell, firmly press and release the Bell button. To turn the bell
off, press and release the Bell button again. The bell will continue to ring from the
time your turn it on until you press the release the button again to turn it off.
Direction - Your train is programmed to start in neutral. To put the engine into
forward and then to change the direction of the train or to put it into neutral,
firmly press and release the Direction button on your transformer. Just as you must
stop your car between forward and reverse, this engine will not go directly from
forward to reverse; it goes into neutral between directions. If the train has been
moving forward, the first press of the Direction button will put the train from
forward into neutral, the second press into reverse, the third press back into
neutral, and the fourth back into forward. To prevent accidental high-speed
start-ups, this engine is programmed to restart in neutral each time the track
voltage is turned off or 10 seconds or more.
MANUAL VOLUME
CONTROL
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by
this engine, turn the master volume control
knob located under the tender clockwise to
increase the volume and counter-clockwise
to decrease the volume. (see Figure 1)
Volume Adjustment Knob
Figure 1 - Proto-Sound 2.0
Volume Adjustment Knob
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PROTO-SOUND 2.0
OPERATION
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in
conventional mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode features
accompany the DCS Remote Control System equipment.
Because Proto-Sound 2.0 is an all-new system developed by M.T.H.’s own research
and development team, it operates differently from the original Proto-Sound. Most
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are automatically enabled, and the reset state has been
eliminated, so there is no need to program features as with original Proto-Sound.
Although the new system is easier to operate than original Proto-Sound, you
should read these instructions thoroughly before using Proto-Sound 2.0 features in
order to prevent harm to yourself or your equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features: Proto-Sound 2.0
features are activated by sequences of Bell and Whistle button pushes described
below. Please read the full descriptions of each feature before using it. To use
these buttons to activate features rather than to blow the whistle or ring the bell,
you should press the buttons for a shorter time (1/2 second); you may need to
practice your timing to make
this work smoothly.
Feature to be Activated
Button Code
Freight Yard Sounds
1 Bell, 2 Whistles
Fire the Rear Coupler
1 Bell, 3 Whistles
Fire Front Coupler
1Bell, 4 Whistles
Lock into a Directional State/Unlock
1 Whistle, 3 Bells
Reset to Factory Defaults
1 Whistle, 5 Bells ( from neutral only)
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS): Your engine is equipped with a sound package of
freight yard sounds that you can play when you pull into a yard. Each sequence
described in the following will play as long as it is left on, randomly generating
sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds between the button pushes
described below to allow the FYS sufficient time to run through each sequence.
1. To cue the sound system to play the FYS, quickly but firmly press the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick presses of the Whistle button while the engine is moving.
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2. Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will
trigger the first sequence of FYS. The reverse unit is temporarily
disabled so that the train will not move as you use the the Direction button to
trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound 2.0 has disabled operator control over the
Whistle and Bell buttons until the full FYS sequence is complete.
3. After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button again to trigger the second sequence of FYS.
4. After waiting about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the
third FYS sequence.
5. Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the
Direction button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS sequence. The
FYS will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move out on
its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling when
you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control of
the transformers bell and whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow the whistle
as usual.
Tips on Using FYS
You can terminate FYS at anytime by turning off power to the track for 15 seconds.
You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS. At the conclusion of the full
sequence, the train will pull away from the station in whatever direction you were
going when you activated the feature.
You can use FYS even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the
second is not equipped with FYS at all, you must remember not to leave the throttle
at a high voltage level once you have stopped the engine to run the FYS. Otherwise,
the engine without FYS will start vibrating on the track as its motors strain to move
the train, since they cannot be automatically disabled during the FYS cycle. If the sec ond engine is an original Proto-Sound engine equipped with FYS, you may choose to
disable it when
used in double-heading operations, so you will not experience competing FYS sounds.
To disable FYS in an original Proto-Sound engine, see the operating instructions for
that engine.
FYS can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered while in
motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS, the engine will depart in the next
direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was traveling before entering
Neutral.
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PROTO-COUPLER ®OPERATION
This engine is equipped with 2 coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote uncoupling
action. Because the Proto-Coupler is controlled through the Proto-Sound 2.0
microprocessor, it does not require an uncoupling track section or modification
to your layout to function. Use the codes listed below.
Rear Coupler: To fire the rear coupler, press the Bell button once followed
immediately by three pushes of the Horn/Whistle button. The sound of the lift bar
and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be released.
Front Coupler: To fire the front coupler, press the Bell button once followed
immediately by four pushes of the Horn/Whistle button. The sound of the lift bar
and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be released.
SPEED CONTROL
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that
allow the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around
curves, much like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the
run, and the engine will maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated,
you can opt to turn it off. This means the engine’s speed will fall as it labors up a
hill and increase as it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or
release of cars while on the run. To maintain a constant speed when speed control
is turned off, you need to adjust the track voltage yourself. When speed control is
off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation. Full volume is
restored upon reactivation of speed control.
To turn speed control on and off: First, put the engine in neutral, then press the
transformer’s Horn/Whistle button one time then immediately press the Bell button
two times. Two whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Repeat the 1 Horn/Whistle, 2 bells code to return it to the other state. You will
want to do this during the initial neutral start-up if you ever couple this engine
with 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.
LOCK INTO A DIRECTIONAL STATE
You can lock your engine into a directional state (forward, neutral, reverse) to
prevent it from changing directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction
you want or in neutral, run it at a very low speed (<10 scale mph), and quickly but
firmly press your remote’s Horn/Whistle button once followed immediately by three
presses of the Bell.
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RESET TO FACTORY DEFAULTS
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the
engine and reset it to its factory defaults, while in neutral press the Whistle button
once, followed immediately by five quick pushes of the Bell button. Two whistle
blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change
AUTOMATIC SOUNDS
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed
conventional mode conditions:
Squealing Brakes: This sound plays anytime the engine’s speed decreases
rapidly.
Cab Chatter: This sound play when the engine idles in neutral.
Engine Start-up and Shut-down: This sound plays when the engine is initially
powered on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
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MAINTENANCE
LUBRICATION AND GREASING
This engine should be oiled and greased in order to run properly. The Shay unlike
conventional rod driven locomotives has many expose gears in the drive train and
on the wheels. You should apply a light coating of grease to the exposed gears
You should regularly lubricate all gears, rods and linkage components and pick-up
rollers on the engine and tender toprevent them from squeaking. Use light house
hold oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Figure 2. Do not over oil.
Use only a drop or two on each pivot.
Pick up Rollers (L)
Wheel Axles (L)
Figure 2 - Lubrication Points on the Engine
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, which ever
comes first.
To access the gear box, do the following:
1. Unscrew the Grease screw as shown in Figure 3 and use an applicator to apply
grease into these screw holes.
Grease Side Gears
Grease Side Gears
Grease Side Gears
Grease Screw
Body Mount Screws
Figure 3 - Greasing points on the engine & location of body mount screws
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CLEANING THE WHEELS & TRACK
Periodically check the locomotive wheels and pick-up rollers 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 alcohol
(not rubbing alcohol), which can be found in home improvement stores, applied
with a cotton swab.
Occasional cleaning of the track will also help to ensure good electrical contact
and prolong the life of your engine’s tires. To clean the track, use a clean rag and
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol). Unplug the transformer and rub the rails
of the track, turning the rag frequently to ensure that you are using clean cloth on
the rails.
TRACTION TIRE REPLACEMENT
Your Locomotive is equipped with 4 neoprene rubber traction tires. Two traction
tires are on the rear wheel set of the front engine truck and two traction tires are
on the leading wheel set of the rear engine truck. While these tires are extremely
durable, you may need to replace them at some point.
1. Remove the Truck Sideframes. This will allow the wheel sets to be lifted out of
the truck. The screws can be accessed from the bottom of the trucks.
2. Make sure the old tire has been completely removed from the groove in the
drive wheel, using a razor blade or small flathead screwdriver to pry away any
remains.
3. Slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it useful to use two small flathead
screwdrivers to stretch the tire over the wheel.
4. If you twist the tire while stretching it over the wheel, you will need to remove
and reinstall the tire. Otherwise your engine will wobble while operating.
5. Make sure the tires are fully seated inside the groove. Use a razor blade to trim
away any excess tire that doesn’t seat itself inside the groove properly.
6. Replace the wheel sets in the truck and re-install the truck side frames.
When re-installing the truck sideframes make sure the telescopic drive lives are
re-connected.
One set of replacement tires is included with your model.
Additional tires are available directly from M.T.H. Parts Department (Phone: 410.381.2580).
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PROTO-SMOKE ® UNIT OPERATION
This locomotive contains a smoke unit that outputs smoke
through the smokestack on the boiler of the engine. The smoke unit is essentially a
small heating element and wick that soaks up and then heats a mineral oil-based
fluid that emits a harmless smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack
by a small electric fan. With a few easy
maintenance steps, you should enjoy trouble-free
Add Smoke Fluid
smoke unit operation for years.
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20
drops of smoke fluid through the smokestack.
(see figure 4) We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke,
Seuth, LGB, or LVTS fluids (a small pipette of
ProtoSmoke fluid is included). Do not over fill the
unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior
engine components.
Figure 4 - Add Smoke 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 switch located under
the tender body. (see figure 5) Failure to either
add fluid to the unit or to turn it off may damage
the smoke unit heating element and/or wicking
material.
On/Off Smoke Switch
When the smoke output while running begins
to diminish, add another 10-15 drops of smoke
fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for extended periods of
time, you may want to add about 15 drops of fluid
to prevent the wick from drying out.
Figure 5 - Smoke Switch
Smoke Inspection Cover Screws
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
Figure 6 - Smoke Unit Inspection Cover
non-absorbent around the heating element.
Remove 2 end bracket screws to gain access to the
smoke unit. Remove the smoke unit from the boiler. Remove the smoke unit
inspection cover from the smoke unit’s body. (see figure 6) After removing the
chassis and inspection cover screws, lift the inspection plate away and inspect the
wick. If it is darkly discolored and hard, it should be replaced. You can obtain
replacement wicks and instructions from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
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LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT
To replace the light bulb in the locomotive, follow these
instructions and see the diagrams below:
Remove the locomotive boiler from its chassis as shown in figure 3 on page 9.
Once the boiler has been removed from the chassis, remove the smoke unit from
the boiler to gain access to the headlight connector. Next separate the connector
as shown in figure 9. Carefully pull the bulb through the grommet in the back of the
headlight shell. The headlight shell can be removed from the boiler to make the
removal and replacement of the bulb easier as seen in figures 7 and 8. Thread the
wires and the light bulb back through the hole in the boiler. Last, install the new
bulb using the reverse procedure.
You can obtain replacement bulbs directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
Light Holder Screw
Light Bulb
Figure 7 - Replacing the Headlight
Figure 8 - Replacing the Headlight
Pull Light from Shell
Figure 9 - Replacing the Headlight
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SELF CHARGING BATTERY BACK-UP
The special NiCad 7-cell 8.4v self-charging battery in this
engine improves performance at any speed. It ensures that power to the sound
system will remain on during directional changes, or when traveling over dirty
track or switches. The self-charging battery system is automatically turned on or
off whenever track power is turned on or off.
Track power (when applied) recharges the battery, which should last for up to five
years,and the special NiCad battery is a dry battery that should not leak or cause
any damage to your engine. However, even this special battery will eventually
wear down and need to be replaced. When you notice that your engine sounds
seem distorted or garbled at low voltages or become silent when power from the
transformer is turned off, test the battery to determine whether it should be
recharged or replaced.
Put the engine in neutral and leave the track voltage at 12 volts for 15 minutes.
If the garbled or distorted sounds are reduced, the battery charge has run down
and canbe recharged. There are three options to recharge the battery. 1. Leave the
engine in neutral with track voltage at 12 volts for 6-7 hours so the battery can
fully recharge (if your engine has a smoke unit, be sure it is turned off). 2. Using
M.T.H.’s battery charger (item #50-10005) plug the charger into the battery port
located on the bottom of the tender. (see figure 11) Let it charge for 6-7 hours.
3. Remove the battery (as shown in figure 8, below) and charge it in any standard
slow charge battery recharger, following the recharger’s directions.
If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15 minute test charge, the battery
must be replaced (as shown in figure 8, below). Contact the M.T.H. Parts
Department (phone: 410-381-2580; e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532) for a replacement battery.
A standard 9v alkaline battery can be substituted until your replacement arrives,
but since alkaline batteries cannot be recharged, it will eventually wear down.
Do NOT use a 6-cell 7.2v battery like those found in most convenience stores.
Replaceable Battery
Pull
Battery
Forward
Battery Port
Figure 10- Replacing the Battery
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TROUBLESHOOTING
PROTO-SOUND® 2.0
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use, you
may have some questions during initial operation. The following table should
answer most questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this table,
contact M.T.H. for assistance (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009; service@mth-railking.com, 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Starting Up
Remedy
When I first turn the power on, the engine
will not begin to run. I have to turn the
throttle off and on again to get the engine
to operate.
Horn/Whistle
This is normal behavior. To prevent
accidental high-speed start-ups,
ProtoSound 2.0 is programmed to start up
in neutral anytime track power has been
turned off for several seconds. See the
“Basic Operation” section for more details.
Remedy
When I press the horn/whistle button, the
bell comes on instead.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I press
the whistle button.
You may be pressing the button too
quickly. Try pressing the horn/whistle button more slowly, taking approximately one
full second to fully depress the button.
Bell
Remedy
When I press the bell button, horn/whistle
comes on instead.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I press
the whistle button.
You may be pressing the button too quick ly. Try pressing the bell button more slowly,
taking approximately one full second to
fully depress the button.
The bell won’t work on a separate bell
button.
Check the wiring of the separate button.
Bell
Remedy
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS starts.
You are waiting too long between whistle
button presses.
The Proto-Coupler won’t let the engine
uncouple on the fly.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle with
a dry graphite lubricant. Do NOT use oil.
The coupler does not fire or stay coupled.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe
with denatured alcohol (not rubbing
alcohol) and let dry.
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Cab Chatter
Remedy
Sometimes the cab chatter sounds don’t
play.
Lock-out
Cab chatter plays only in neutral at random intervals
Remedy
I can’t get the engine to run after I power
up the transformer. It sits still with the
engine sounds running.
The engine is locked into the neutral
position. Follow the directions in to the
“Lock into Direction State” section.
The engine won’t lock into forward, neutral Engine speed must be below 10 scale mph.
or reverse.
(approx. 10 volts or less in conventional
mode)
Volume
Remedy
The sounds seem distorted, especially
when the whistle or bell is activated.
Battery
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too high.
Turn the volume control knob on the bottom of the chassis counterclockwise to
reduce the volume.
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial neutral Check to be sure the battery is installed
state.
and fully charged. See the “Self Charging
Battery Back-up” section.
I get no sounds when the engine shifts
between direction states.
The battery may be dead or need to be
charged. See the “Self Charging Battery
Back-up” section.
After I turn off my transformer, my engine
continues to make sounds before quitting.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to continue to
sound for a few seconds after the power to
the track has been shut off.
FYS
Remedy
The FYS sounds occasionally repeat
themselves.
Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built in random
number generator that randomly selects
each sound clip to play. Because there are
a limited number of sound clips available
in each FYS sequence, it is probable that
some of these sound clips will be repeated
from time to time.
Once in FYS, the engine doesn’t go into
reverse.
So that FYS effects can be as realistic as
possible, Proto-Sound 2.0 disables the
reversing unit whenever it is enabled. This
way the engine remains still at its stop as
the operator cycles through the FYS
sequences.
When the FYS enters its last sequence the
bell automatically comes on.
It is programmed to start ringing the bell
at that point. After approximately 12 rings
of the bell, it will automatically turn off.
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FYS (continued)
Remedy
When FYS is enabled, pressing the whistle
and bell automatically comes on.
Because FYS must control various effects
in each sequence, Proto-Sound 2.0 takes
control of these sound effects until you
exit FYS.
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not play
or the engine does not come out of FYS
after fourth press of direction button.
Each FYS clip must play for approximately
30 seconds before FYS will advance to the
next step in the FYS cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each FYS sound clip before
pressing the sound button.
COMPATIBILITY
This engine will operate on any traditional O-54 or larger O 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 17 for a complete list
of compatible transformers and wiring instructions.)
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TRANSFORMER
COMPATIBILITY CHART
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.
Transformer Center Rail
Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50 watt
Electronic
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75 watt
Electronic
MTH Z-1000
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
5-16v
90 watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
5-16v
90 watt
Standard
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300 watt
Electronic
Powermaster*
A
U
0-18v
135V.A.
Electronic
Dallee Hostler Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Electronic
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
R.O.W.
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-24v
384 watt
Standard
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110 watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130 watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175 watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275 watt
Standard
Common
0-20v
135/190 watt
Electronic
Lionel Post War A,B,C or D
Celebration
Series ZW*
* Conventional Mode Only
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ADDITIONAL
FEATURES
ACCESSIBLE WITH DCS REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields wonderfully
realistic sound and several train control features, command mode operation allows the
user to access a world of command functions never before accessible
to O Gauge railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control System (including
a DCS remote hand held 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.
Locomotive Lighting Control - Independently controls locomotive headlights,
marker and interior lights, and ditch lights.
Emergency Stop - Single button push stops your trains (but does not turn off
track power) .
One Touch Global Mute/UnMute - Single button mutes or unmutes all DCS
controlled locomotives’ user-defined actions, including sound, lights, and smoke.
Proto-Dispatch Operation - Public Address-like feature allows users to speak
through locomotive speaker during operation.
Proto-Cast - Allows users to play audio recordings through locomotive speaker
during operation.
Proto-Doppler Sound Effects Set Up - Users can configure locomotive for
Doppler Operation, including setting distance points for Doppler start, repeat,
and stop modes.
Independent Volume Control of Engine Sounds, Bell, Horn & Whistle for each
Locomotive.
Control up to 50 different DCS-equipped locomotives at one time with
multiple TIUs.
Proto-Effects™ Set Up - User can select individual Proto-Effects™ operations to
be active or inactive, including cab chatter, train wreck sounds, coupler sounds, and
wheel clickety-clack sounds.
Direction Control Set Up - User can set initial individual start-up direction (start
in forward or reverse) for double-heading operations.
Locomotive Consist Set-up - User can determine locomotive values for consist
make-ups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to operate together.
Query Locomotive Information - User can query locomotive programming to learn
locomotive address and engine data information, including scale miles traveled.
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User Can Query, Set and Operate Track and Accessory
Interface Units for Programming Digital Command Operations
for up to 250 Accessories and 250 Individual Switches.
User Can Script, Record and Playback Train Routes.
CAUTION:
ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult
supervision with children ages 10 - 16. As with all electric products, precautions
should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be
followed including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the
hobby transformer periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire,
electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary cord, plug
blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist,
the transformer should not be used until properly repaired.
As with all electrical appliances, this product should not be left in operation
when unattended.
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SERVICE & WARRANTY INFORMATION
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard operation and
trouble-shooting techniques that may correct the problem. Additional information may be found on the
M.T.H. Website. Should you still require service, follow the instructions below to obtain
warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax a M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) in your area to obtain
Repair Authorization. You can find the list of ASCs on the M.T.H. Website, www.mth-railking.com.
Authorized Service Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only from that store; all
other repairs may-- or may not be done at the store's own discretion. If you did not purchase the item
directly from the ASC, you will need to select a National Authorized Service Center (NASC). These centers
are compensated by M.T.H. to perform warranty service for any customer whose repair qualifies for
warranty service. A list of NASC retailers can be located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling
1-888-640-3700. Should the warranty no longer apply, you may choose either an ASC or NASC retailer
to service your M.T.H. Product. A reasonable service fee will be charged.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam and
plastic wrapping material to prevent damage to the merchandise. There is no need to return the entire set
if only one of the components is in need of repair unless otherwise instructed by the Service Center. The
shipment must be prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name,
address, daytime phone number, e-mail address (if available) , Return Authorization number (if required by
the service center) , a copy of your sales receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to
facilitate the repairs. Please include the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem
with a service technician when contacting the Service Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for
service. Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not agents or
representatives of M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for material left in their possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com,
or call 410 381-2580.
LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant are covered by this warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 1-888-640-3700 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train
Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and
traction tires. We will repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for the parts or
labor, if the item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized
Service Center (NASC) within one year of the original date of purchase. This warranty does not cover
damages caused by improper care, handling, or use. Transportation costs incurred by the customer are
not covered under this warranty.
Items sent for repair must be accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the
problem, and a copy of the original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant, which gives
the date of purchase. If you are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center
for their return authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state.
Specificquestions regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. directly.
Service Department • M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive • Columbia MD 21046-1532
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PARTICIPATING N.A.S.C.
RETAILER LIST
CANADA
Catoctin Mountain Trains
& Hobbies
Thurmont
301-694-8331
The Train Room
Fergus
519-787-3280
MICHIGAN
Toy Train Workshop
Cumberland
613-833-9331
CALIFORNIA
Michigan Model Train Center
Pinckney
734-426-1651
Tin Plate Junction
Oakland
510-444-4780
Brasseur Electric Trains Inc.
Saginaw
989-793-4753
COLORADO
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Mizell Trains Inc.
Westminster
303-429-4811
Treasured Toys
Salem
603-898-7224
CONNECTICUT
NEW YORK
New England Hobby Supply
Manchester
860-646-0610
Aurora Rails & Hobbies
East Aurora
716-652-5718
FLORIDA
OHIO
Roundhouse South
Port Orange
386-304-7002
Davis Electronics
Milford
513-831-6425
MARYLAND
Rick’s Toy Trains
Toledo
419-478-0171
Engine House Hobbies
Gaithersburg
301-590-0816
PENNSYLVANIA
Plaza Hobby
Cumberland
301-729-6424
Fairchance Pharmacy
Fairchance
724-564-7817
Toby Tyler
Pittsburgh
412-653-5030
VIRGINIA
Locust Grove Trains
Locust Grove
540-854-8955
Davis Hobby Supplies
Portsmouth
757-397-1983
TSG Hobbies
Warrenton
540-347-9212
WISCONSIN
Sommerfeld’s Trains
Butler
262-783-7797
Grampa’s Train Shop
Rice Lake
715-234-2996
Bussinger Trains
Ambler
215-628-2366
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PARTICIPATING A.S.C. RETAILER LIST
CANADA
Toy Train Workshop
Cumberland
613-833-9331
The Train Room
Fergus
519-787-3280
Credit Valley Railway Company
Streetsville
905-826-1306
BH Trains
Terrebonne
450-492-0317
ALABAMA
Southerland Station
Huntsville
256-533-4720
Lil’ Bobby’s Hobbies
Montgomery
334-277-1715
ARIZONA
Arizona Train Depot
Mesa
480-833-9486
CALIFORNIA
Central Coast Trains
Atascedero
805-466-1391
Train Shack
Burbank
818-842-3330
Roundhouse
North Hollywood
818-769-0403
Ready To Roll
Miami
305-688-8868
Dollhouses, Trains & More
Novato
415-883-0388
Frank’s Trains & Hobbies Inc.
Oldsmar
813-855-1041
Tin Plate Junction
Oakland
510-444-4780
Colonial Photo & Hobby
Orlando
407-841-1485
Ron’s World
San Clemente
949-361-5596
Warrick Custom Hobbies
Plantation
954-370-0808
Trucks & Trains Hobbies
Santa Rosa
707-537-6586
Roundhouse South
Port Orange
386-304-7002
COLORADO
ILLINOIS
Mizell Trains Inc.
Westminster
303-429-4811
INDIANA
Custom Railway Supply
Colorado Springs
719-634-4616
CONNECTICUT
Bike & Choo Choo Connection
Schaumburg
847-882-7728
Y.O.R.K. Trains
Munster
219-838-9999
New England Hobby Supply
Manschester
860-646-0610
Samuelson’s Train Shop
Valparaiso
219-462-2708
FLORIDA
IOWA
Hollywood Station
Hollywood
954-921-2700
Caboose Stop Hobbies
Cedar Falls
800-642-7012
Depot Hobby Shop
Lake Worth
561-585-1982
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KENTUCKY
MISSOURI
LOUISIANA
Mark Twain Hobby Center
St. Charles
636-946-2816
L&N Trains & Things
Louisville
502-897-9005
America’s Train Yard
Baton Rouge
225-926-5592
MAINE
Wheels, Wing & Things
Ludlow
207-532-6277
MARYLAND
Plaza Hobby
Cumberland
301-729-6424
Hobbytown USA
Frederick
301-694-7395
Engine House Hobbies
Gaithersburg
301-590-0816
Switch Stand
Saint Louis
314-781-4458
NEVADA
Reno Rails
Reno
775-337-6669
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Railroad Specialties
Nashua
603-801-0801
Treasured Toys
Salem
603-898-7224
NEW JERSEY
Coast Trains and Collectibles
Wall
732-556-9005
Holly Beach Train Depot
Wildwood
609-522-2379
NEW YORK
Aurora Rails & Hobbies
East Aurora
716-652-5718
Nassau Hobby Center, Inc.
Freeport
516-378-9594
Hobby World
Monticello
845-794-8770
City Depot, Inc.
New Hampton
845-374-3010
Country and Stuff
Andover
973-786-7086
Americana Store
Tivoli
845-757-4246
J&B Trains
Hagerstown
240-420-4930
Columbus Train Station
Columbus
609-518-1800
Kross Hardware
West Babylon
631-669-3069
The Train Room
Hagerstown
301-745-6681
Atlantic Rails
Hammonton
609-567-8490
NORTH CAROLINA
Purkey’s Toy Trains
Sykesville
410-549-6061
Grand Central Station
Kearny
201-955-6200
Catoctin Mountain Trains
& Hobbies
Thurmont
301-694-8331
J&B Trains
Maple Shade
856-414-0092
MASSACHUSETTS
Northeast Trains
Peabody
978-532-1615
East Bay Hobbies
Seekonk
508-336-5573
MICHIGAN
Michigan Model Train Center
Pinckney
734-426-1651
Brasseur Electric Trains
Saginaw
989-793-4753
Hobby Shop
Matawan
732-583-0505
Hobbymasters, Inc.
Red Bank
732-842-6020
Ridgefield Hobby
Ridgefield
201-943-2636
Tom’s Model Trains
Scotch Plains
908-322-6122
Trains & Things
Trenton
609-883-8790
The Roundhouse & Backshop
Cary
919-465-0810
Trains LTD.
Charlotte
704-566-9070
Day Bridge Station
Mount Airy
336-786-9811
The Freight Yard
Smithfield
919-934-6229
Train Loft
Winston-Salem
336-760-9817
OHIO
Glen’s Train Shop
Akron
330-253-6527
E&S Trains
Akron
330-745-0785
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T&K Hobby Shop
Bridgeport
740-633-6607
Charleroi Sweeper Center
Charleroi
724-483-3397
Parma Hobby
Cleveland
216-741-6440
Cranberry Hobby Depot
Cranberry Township
724-776-3640
Sandy’s Hobbies &
Collectibles
Elyria
440-365-9999
Fairchance Pharmacy
Fairchance
724-564-7817
Hudson Toy, Train & Hobby
Hudson
330-653-2997
Clearview Train & Hobby
Lorain
440-277-4488
Dixie Union Station
Mason
513-459-0460
Davis Electronics
Milford
513-831-6425
Trains-n-Things
North Canton
330-499-1666
Grand Pacific Junction
Olmstead Falls
440-235-4777
Rick’s Toy Trains
Toledo
419-478-0171
Erie Railway Depot
Troy
937-440-9972
PENNSYLVANIA
American Hobby Center
Aliquippa
724-378-3930
Allentown Toy Train Service
Allentown
610-821-0740
On The Right Track
Altoona
814-942-4345
Bussinger Trains
Ambler
215-628-2366
Ye Old Train & Christmas
Shoppe
Boyertown
610-369-0755
Toy Train Station
Feasterville Trev
215-322-5182
The Caboose
Lehighton
570-386-5352
Hobby City
McMurray
724-942-2557
The Station
New Cumberland
717-774-7096
Fryer’s Store
Orwigsburg
570-366-2258
Chestnut Toybox
Philadelphia
215-545-0455
Toby Tyler
Pittsburgh
412-653-5030
VIRGINIA
Locust Grove Trains
Locust Grove
540-854-8955
Train Depot
Manassas
703-335-2216
Chesterfield Hobbies
Midlothian
804-379-9091
Davis Hobby Supplies
Portsmouth
757-397-1983
Toy Train Center
Richmond
804-288-4475
Nutbush Express
Victoria
434-696-1902
TSG Hobbies
Warrenton
540-347-9212
Norge Station
Williamsburg
757-564-7623
WEST VIRGINIA
Patrick’s Trains
Wheeling
304-232-0714
WISCONSIN
Wilcox Greenhouse & Nursery Woodcrafters Shop
Burlington
Titusville
262-763-5239
814-827-3823
Sommerfeld’s Trains
SOUTH CAROLINA
Bulter
Emerald Train & Hobby
262-783-7797
Greenwood
864-223-2247
Hobby Outlet
Fond Du Lac
TENNESSEE
Model Railroad & Hobby Shop 920-924-3770
Memphis
GB TV & Tains
901-384-6500
Greenbay
920-496-9697
TEXAS
Hobby Time
Grampa’s Train Shop
Amarillo
Rice Lake
806-352-9660
715-234-2996
Riverview Trains
The Train Store
Angleton
Waukesha
979-848-3895
262-650-6675
Great Trains & Hobbies
Longview
903-757-2720
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