Premier SD80/90 Diesel Locomotive

Premier SD80/90 Diesel Locomotive
SD80/90 Diesel
This engine will operate on any traditional
O-42 Gauge track system, including
M.T.H.’s RealTrax or ScaleTrax or
traditional tubular track. It is also compatible
with most standard AC transformers. (See
page 21 for a complete list of compatible
transformers and wiring instructions.)
Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist................................................................................................... 3
Priming The Smoke Unit....................................................................... 3
Checking The Battery............................................................................ 4
Basic Operation....................................................................................................5
Activating Features................................................................................ 5
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions........................................................... 7
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features....................7
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)................................................................... 8
Proto-Coupler® Operation.................................................................... 9
Speed Control........................................................................................ 10
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction.................................................. 11
Reset To Factory Default.......................................................................11
Automatic Sound Effects....................................................................... 11
Maintenance .........................................................................................................12
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions...................................................12
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track..................................................13
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions.................................................14
Headlight Replacement Instructions......................................................15
Self Charging Battery Back-Up.............................................................15
ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation................................................................16
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems.......................................18
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart....................................... 21
Additional Features Accessible Of DCS Remote Control System........ 22
Service & Warranty Information........................................................... 23
Limited One-Year Warranty..................................................................23
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult supervision with child ren ages 10 - 16.
As with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric shock.
WARNING:When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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.
Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fata lity may result.
Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
Set Up Checklist
Lubricate the locomotive
Prime the smoke unit
Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operating Section of this manual
You should lubricate the engine to prevent it from squeaking. Use
light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in
Fig. 1. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate Pick Up Rollers (L)
Lubricate Pick Up Rollers (L)
Lubricate Wheel Axles (L)
Figure 1. Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Priming The Smoke Unit
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack (see Fig. 2). We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS
fluids. Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior engine
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added the fluid but choose to run
smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit switch located under the engine (see Fig. 3).
Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to turn it off may damage the smoke unit
heating element and/or wicking material.
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Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Add Smoke Fluid
Smoke Unit
ON/OFF Switch
Figure 2: Adding Smoke Fluid
Figure 3: Smoke Unit Switch Location
Checking The Battery
You may find, if your locomotive was built several months before you set it up, that the
rechargeable battery has run down and needs to be charged before operating. If you
notice that the sounds are garbled, test and charge the engine as described in the
"Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" on page 15.
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Basic Operation
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel.
Turn the throttle knob up ½-way, until the engine and caboose lights shine bright.
Put the engine into motion by pressing the Direction button on your transformer once.
(hold it for approximately 1 second)
If the engine does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction button,
you may not have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move. Turn the
throttle up a bit higher until the train begins to move.
Activating Features
Throttle To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the
throttle control knob. Turning clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning
counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. The engine will maintain the speed
you set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to change the voltage and
Bell - To sound the bell, in an engine equipped with a bell firmly press and release the
Bell button. To turn the bell off, press and release the Bell button again. The bell will
continue to ring from the time you turn it on until you press and release the button again
to turn it off.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The whistle
will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will stop when you
release the button.
Direction Your train is programmed to
start in neutral. The train will always
cycle neutral-forward-neutral-reverse with
each press and release of the direction
button. The engine is programmed to
restart in neutral each time the track
voltage is turned off for 25 seconds or
Cycle Phases
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Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn the master volume control
knob located next to the fuel tank clockwise to increase the volume and
counter-clockwise to decrease the volume.
Proto-Sound 2.0
Volume Adjustment Knob
Figure 6: Manual Volume Adjustment Knob
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Proto-Sound 2.0
Operating Instructions
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in conventional
mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode features accompany the DCS
Remote Control System equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional
Mode Features
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell and Horn button pushes
described below. Please read the full descriptions of each feature before using it. To use
these buttons to activate features rather than to blow the horn or ring the bell, you should
tap the buttons very quickly with a ½-second pause between button presses. You may
need to practice your timing to make this work smoothly.
Timing Chart
Short &
½ Sec.
Feature to Be Activated:
Freight Yard Sounds
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction/Unlock
Reset to Factory Defaults
½ Sec.
Short &
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
Short &
Button Code:
1 Bell, 2 Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Whistles
1 Whistle, 2 Bells (From Neutral Only)
1 Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Whistle, 5 Bells (From Neutral Only)
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Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of freight yard sounds that you can play
when you pull into a yard. Each sequence described below will play as long as it is left
on, randomly generating sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds between
the button pushes described below to allow the FYS sufficient time to run through each
To cue the sound system to play the FYS, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick taps of the Horn button while the engine is moving.
Tap the buttons quickly but allow approximately ½ second between each press.
Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first
sequence of FYS. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will
not move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound
2.0 has disabled operator control over the Horn and Bell buttons until the full
FYS sequence is complete.
After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button again to trigger the second sequence of FYS.
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS
Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the
Direction button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS sequence.
The FYS will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move
out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling
when you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains
control of the transformer's Bell and Horn buttons and can ring the bell or blow
the horn as usual.
Sound System Cued
to Play Passenger
Station Announcements (FYS)
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= When
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS
You can terminate FYS at any time by turning off power to the track for 15
You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS. At the conclusion of the full
sequence, the train will pull away from the station in whatever direction you
were going when you activated the feature.
You can use FYS even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the
second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0, you must remember
not to leave the throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the
engine to run the FYS. Otherwise, the engine without FYS will begin
vibrating on the track as its motors strain to move the train, since they
cannot be automatically disabled during the FYS cycle (or if an original
Proto-Sound engine, FYS are triggered differently and that engine's
motor-disable feature will not be active when you run FYS in Proto-Sound
FYS can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered
while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS, the engine will
depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was
traveling before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler® Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote
uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the Proto-Sound 2.0
microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section or modification to your
layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or while in motion. Use the code
shown below (and in the chart on p. 7) to fire the coupler(s).
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, quickly tap the Bell button once followed by three quick taps of
the Horn button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the Horn button, allowing approximately ½ second to
lapse between each quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion
will play, and the knuckle will be released.
= Coupler
Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that allow
the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around curves, much
like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the run, and the engine
will maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can
opt to turn it off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase
as it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on the
run. Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when speed
control is on than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower power level for
operation with speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments. When speed control is
off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
transformer's Horn button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times, allowing
approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will
indicate that the engine has made the change. Repeat the 1 horn, 2 bells code to return it
to the other condition. You will want to do this during the initial neutral upon start-up if
you ever couple this engine to another engine that is not equipped with speed control to
avoid damaging the motors in either engine. Each time you shut down the engine
completely, it will automatically turn speed control on.
Engine into
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Locking Locomotive Into A Direction
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it will not
change directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want (or into neutral
to lock it into neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it will move without
halting), and quickly but firmly tap the Horn button once followed by three quick taps of
the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change. The engine will
not change direction (including going into neutral) until you repeat the 1 horn, 3 bells
code to return the engine to its normal condition, even if the engine is kept without power
for extended periods of time.
Engine into
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Reset To Factory Default
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its
factory defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn button quickly once, followed by five
quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each
quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Engine in
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sound Effects
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed conventional
mode conditions:
Squealing Brakes play any time the engine's speed decreases rapidly.
Cab Chatter plays at random intervals when the engine idles in neutral.
Engine Start-up and Shut-down sounds play when the engine is initially powered
on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
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Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
Regularly lubricate all axles and linkage components and pickup rollers to prevent
squeaking. Use light household oil, such as that found in M.T.H.'s
maintenance kit. Do not over oil. Use only a drop or two on each
pivot point.
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screws
Motor Mounting Screw
Figure 5: Body Removal Screw Locations
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.
Follow the greasing instructions below. Note that in some tightly packed engines you
may need to move internal components temporarily in order to access the gears.
1. To access the gear box, remove the cab from the chassis by unscrewing the chassis
screws as seen in Figure 5 and lifting the cab from the chassis.
2. Once the cab is removed, remove the trucks by unscrewing the black Phillips motor
mount screw located on the underside of the drive trucks (see Fig. 6).
3. Once the motor mount screw has been removed, pull the motor away from the truck
block and lightly coat the motor worm gear and bronze drive gear (in the truck block)
with grease.
4. Reassemble the truck and motor, being careful not to pinch any wires between the
truck block and motor mount.
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5. After repeating the procedure for the other motor, reassmble the chassis and body,
being careful that the wire harnesses are not caught between the chassis and body and
reinstall the chassis screws.
Lubricate the outside truck block
idler and drive gears with grease.
Use the diagram shown in Figure 6
below as a guide and add grease to
the points marked with a “G.”
Grease Idler Gear (G)
Figure 6: Greasing The Idler Gears
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 and a clean rag or
denatured (not rubbing) alcohol.
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.
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Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on each powered
truck block. While these tires are extremely durable, you may need to replace them at
some point.
First, remove the truck sides from the truck block. To do this, turn your engine upside
down. If there are visible Phillips screw heads between the truck frame and truck block
(see Fig. 7), go to step A. If not, go to
step B.
A. Remove the two Phillips screws that
attach the truck sides to the truck block.
Remove Truck Block Screw,
Turn Truck Over And Remove
Trucksides From Block
B. Remove the trucks from the chassis
and the truck sides from the trucks in
order to slip the new tire over the
grooved drive wheel. See Fig. 7 for
which screws you must remove to do this.
Once the truck sides have been removed:
Figure 7: Removing The Truck Block To Access
1. Make sure the old tire has been
Truckside Screws
completely removed from the groove in
the drive wheel, using a razor blade or
small flathead screwdriver to pry away any remains.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Make sure the tire is fully seated inside the groove. Use a razor blade to trim away any
excess tire that will not seat inside the groove properly.
5. Reassemble in the reverse order.
One set of replacement tires is packaged with your model. Additional sets are available
directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (phone: 410-381-2580; e-mail:
[email protected]; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
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Headlight Replacement Instructions
The locomotive’s headlight is controlled by a constant voltage circuit in the engine. The
headlight is easy to remove and replace when it burns out. The bulb has a quick
disconnect plug that attaches the bulb harness to a light circuit. Replacement bulbs are
available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department.
Follow the body removal instructions found in the Lubrication and Greasing Instructions.
Gently disconnect the bulb harness from the socket on the constant voltage circuit and
replace the bulb.
Replaceable Lights
Replaceable Lights
constant voltage
constant voltage
Figure 8: Removing The Replaceable Lights
Self Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad 7-cell 8.4v self-charging battery recharges continuously during train
operation and should last for up to five years. The battery is a dry battery that should not
leak or cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your engine was built,
it may need to be charged right out of the box. If engine sounds seem distorted or
garbled at low voltages or become silent when power from the transformer is turned off,
test the battery to determine whether it should be recharged or replaced.
Test: Put the engine in neutral and leave the track voltage at 10-12 volts (high enough
for the lights to shine brightly and the engine to move steadily) for 15 minutes.
Recharge: If the sounds are improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, the battery
charge has run down and can be recharged. There are a number of ways you can do this:
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Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts for 6-7 hours so the
battery can fully recharge (if your engine has a smoke unit, be sure it is turned
Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (sold separately) that plugs into a wall outlet and
a special port under the
Battery Charger Port
engine to recharge the
battery overnight without
leaving it on the track.
Replace : If the sounds are not
improved at the end of the
15-minute test charge, it is time to
replace the battery. Available
through M.T.H. Parts. A standard
9v alkaline battery can be
Figure 9: Battery Charger Port
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.
Unhook Wires, Remove
and Replace Battery
Figure 10: Removing The Battery
ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
Add Smoke Fluid
This Premier diesel locomotive
contains a Proto-Sound 2.0 controlled
smoke unit that outputs smoke
through the smokestack on the roof
of the engine. The smoke unit is
essentially a small heating element
and wick that soaks up and then heats
a mineral oil-based fluid that emits a Figure 11: Adding Smoke Fluid
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harmless smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack by a small electric fan.
Smoke volume is controlled by the Proto-Sound 2.0 system.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy trouble-free smoke unit operation
for years.
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack (see Fig. 11). We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS
fluids. Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior engine
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added the fluid but choose to run
smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit switch located under the engine. 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 engine begins to diminish, add another 10-15
drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15 drops of
fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting the wick
soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
If you experience poor or no smoke output when the
smoke unit is on and has fluid, check the wick to see if it
has become hard, blackened, and unabsorbent around the
heating element. Remove the smoke unit inspection
cover from the locomotive’s body (see Fig. 12). After
removing the chassis and inspection cover screws, lift the
inspection plate away and inspect the wick. If it is
darkly discolored and hard, it should be replaced.
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are
available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department
phone: 410-381-2580; e-mail:
[email protected]: 7020 Columbia Gateway
Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532
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Inspection Cover
Figure 12 : Smoke Unit
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use, you may
have some questions during initial operation. The following table should answer most
questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this table, contact M.T.H. for
assistance (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009; [email protected],
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Starting Up
When I first turn the power on, the
engine will not begin to run. I have to
turn the throttle off and then on again
to get the engine to operate.
This is normal behavior. To prevent
accidental high-speed start-ups,
Proto-Sound 2.0 is programmed to
start up in neutral anytime track power
has been turned off for several
seconds. See the "Basic Operation"
section for more details.
When I press the whistle/horn button,
the bell comes on instead.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I
press the whistle button.
may be pressing the button too
quickly. Try pressing the whistle/horn
button more slowly, taking approximately
one full second to fully depress the
B ell
When I press the whistle button, the
bell sounds.
Reverse the transformer leads.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I press You may be pressing the button too
quickly. Try pressing the bell button
the bell button.
more slowly, taking approximately one
full second to fully depress the button.
The bell won’t work on a separate bell Check the wiring of the separate
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS
You are waiting too long between
whistle button presses.
The Proto-Coupler won’t let the engine Try lubricating the coupler knuckle
uncouple on the fly.
with a dry graphite lubricant. Do NOT
use oil.
The coupler does not fire or stay
The coupler needs to be cleaned.
Wipe with denatured alcohol (not
rubbing alcohol) and let dry.
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C ab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds
don’t play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral at
random intervals.
I can’t get the engine to run after I
power up the transformer. It sits still
with the engine sounds running.
The engine is locked into the neutral
position. Follow the procedure in the
“Lock into a Direction” section.
The engine won’t lock into forward,
neutral, or reverse.
Engine speed must be below 10 scale
mph (approx. 10 volts or less in
conventional mode).
The sounds seem distorted, especially Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too
when the whistle or bell is activated. high. Turn the volume control knob on
the bottom of the chassis counterclockwise to reduce the volume.
B attery
The engine will not leave the initial
neutral setting.
Check to be sure the battery is
installed and fully charged. See the
“Self-Charging Battery Back-Up”
I get no sounds when the engine shifts The battery may be dead or need to
be charged. See the “Self-Charging
between directions.
Battery Back-Up” section.
After I turn off my transformer, my
engine continues to make sounds
before quitting.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to
continue to sound for a few seconds
after power to the track has been shut
The FYS sounds occasionally repeat
Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in random
number generator that randomly
selects each sound clip to play.
Because there are a limited number of
sound clips available in each FYS
sequence, it is probable that some of
these sound clips will be repeated
from time to time.
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Once in FYS, the engine doesn’t go
into reverse.
So that FYS effects can be as realistic
as possible, Proto-Sound 2.0
disables the reversing unit
whenever FYS is enabled. This
way the engine remains still at its
stop as the operator cycles
through the FYS sequences.
When the FYS enters its last
sequence the bell automatically
comes on.
FYS is programmed to start
ringing the bell at that point. After
approximately 12 rings of the bell,
it will automatically turn off.
Because FYS must control various
When FYS is enabled, pressing the
whistle and bell buttons has no effect. effects in each sequence, ProtoSound 2.0 takes control of these
sound effects until you exit FYS.
I push the direction button but the next
sound clip in the sequence does not
play or the engine does not come out
of FYS after fourth press of the
direction button.
Each FYS clip must play for approx.
30 seconds before FYS will advance
to the next step in the FYS cycle.
Wait at least 30 seconds in each FYS
sound clip before pressing the
direction button.
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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard AC transformers. The chart
below lists the many compatible transformers. Note that many of the operational
commands described in these instructions require a bell button, so if your transformer
does not have its own bell button, you should consider adding one to get the full benefit
of the system. In addition, the chart details how the terminals on these transformers
should be attached to your layout.
Center Rail
Outside Rail
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
Lionel 1032
Lionel 1032M
Lionel 1033
Lionel 1043
Lionel 1043M
Lionel 1044
Lionel 1053
Lionel 1063
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
Lionel KW
A or B
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Inside Track
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
Lionel RW
Lionel SW
Lionel TW
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
Lionel Post-War
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
135/190 Watt
* Conventional Mode Only
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Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System
(Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields wonderfully
realistic sound and several train control features, command mode operation allows the
user to access a world of command functions never before accessible to O Gauge
railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control System (including a DCS
remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain many advanced features, including:
DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in scale miles
per hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows operator to set
maximum speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke each engine
outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker and
interior lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but does not
turn off the power
One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all
DCS-controlled locomotives' user-defined actions, including sound, lights, and
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
Control up to 50 different DCS-Equipped Locomotives at one time with multiple
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
Premier SD80/90 Diesel Locomotive
Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
For warranty repair, follow the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax an Authorized M.T.H. Service Center in your area or M.T.H. Electric
Trains to obtain Repair Authorization. You can find the list of Authorized Service Centers on the
M.T.H. website, Otherwise, contact M.T.H. (at e-mail:
[email protected]; 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046; tel:
410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009), stating when the item was purchased and describing the
problem. If you contact M.T.H., you will be given a return authorization number to assure that your
merchandise will be properly handled upon its receipt.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam
and plastic wrapping material so as to prevent damage to the merchandise. 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, 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 or M.T.H. for your Return Authorization.
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 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 light bulbs, pick-up rollers 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
Authorized M.T.H. Service Center or M.T.H. Electric Trains 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 the item to M.T.H., call 410-381-2580, fax
410-423-0009, or e-mail the Service Department at [email protected] to obtain a return
authorization number. 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
Service Department
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21046-1532
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