RailKing 30-73288 Smoking Tank Car Operator’s Manual

RailKing 30-73288 Smoking Tank Car Operator’s Manual
Smoking Tank Car
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.
Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your
This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
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;
ProtoSmoke™ Unit Operation
The smoke unit is essentially a small heating element and wick that soaks up and then
heats a mineral oil-based fluid that emits smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the
stack by a small electric fan. With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy
trouble-free smoke unit operation for years.
When preparing to run this Tank Car, add 8 drops of smoke fluid through the dome
cover. 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 components.
If you choose not to add smoke fluid (or have already added fluid but choose to run
smoke-free), push the switch on the bottom of the car to the off position. Failure either
to add fluid to the smoke unit or to turn it off may damage the smoke unit heating
element and/or wicking material.
When the smoke output begins to diminish, add another 5-8 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 8 drops of
fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the tank from storage, add another 8 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 h ard, blackened, and unabsorbent around the
heating element.
To inspect the wick please follow the directions below.
1) Remove the 3 mounting screws from platform (2 screws were wires go in
from truck & center screw).
Remove 3 Mounting Screws
Lift the tank body away from the platform and disconnect the 2-pin connector.
Remove the dome cover from the top of the tank dome and unscrew the
smoke stack. (See below photo)
Smoke Stack
Dome Cover
Add Smoke Fluid
Remove the stanchions and railings from one end of car. Be careful not to
scratch body.
Insert a small screwdriver into the hole on the bottom of the tank near the
end of the car and push out the end cap.
Slide out the smoke unit bracket
Once the unit is freed, remove the 3 screws from the inspection cover as
shown below. Inspect the wick; if it is darkly discolored and hard, it should be
Inspection Screws
Reassemble in reverse order.
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are available directly from the
M.T.H. Parts Department (Order online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mthrailking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway
Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, )
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 M.T.H. Electric Trains or 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) or contact M.T.H. Electric Trains
directly. NASC Dealers 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 410381-2580. 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 Authorized M.T.H. Retailer are covered by this warranty.
See our Website to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer 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 replace or credit (at our option) any defective item with a manufactured suggested retail price of
$279.95 or less (excluding all motive power and electronic items), 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. For any item with an MSRP greater than $279.95 (including all motive power and electronics), We
will repair, replace or credit (at our option) the defective item 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 to ship the product for warranty service 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. Retailer stating the date of purchase. If you are
sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their return authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state. Specific
questions regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. directly.
Service Department
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD 21046-1532
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