RailKing 30-4184-1 4-8-4 Bantam J Steam Freight R-T-R Train Set Operator’s Manual

RailKing 30-4184-1 4-8-4 Bantam J Steam Freight R-T-R Train Set Operator’s Manual
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Bantam 4-8-4 Freight/
Passenger Set
Operation Manual (3V PS2)
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Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Assembling RealTrax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connecting the Transformer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Lubricating the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Priming the Smoke Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Coupling the Engine and Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Checking the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Basic Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Operation Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Manual Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features . . . . . . . . . 8
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)/Passenger Station Announcement (PSA)8
Tips on Using FYS/PSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Proto-Coupler® Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Lock into a Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Reset to Factory Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Automatic Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Lubrication and Greasing Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Cleaning the Wheels, Tires and Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Traction Tire Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Proto-Smoke® Unit Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Passenger Car Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Caboose Car Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Self-Charging Battery Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
RailWare Interactive DVD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Compatibility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Transformer Compatibility Chart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Additional Features with DCS Remote Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Service and Warranty Information
CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult supervision with children ages 10 - 16.
As with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric
shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the hobby transformer and other electronic equipment
periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary
cord, plug blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist, the train set should not be used until
properly repaired.
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Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
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This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
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Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
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The transformer was designed to operate on regular US household current (120 volt, 50-60 Hertz). Do not connect to any other
source of power.
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To avoid the risk of electrical shock, do not disassemble the transformer unit. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. If the
unit is damaged contact M.T.H. Service for instructions.
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The transformer is equipped with an internal circuit protector. If the circuit protector trips, unplug the power cord from the
electrical wall outlet, check your layout for any short circuits. The circuit breaker will reset automatically when the short is
removed from the circuit.
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Unplug the transformer from the electrical wall outlet when not in use.
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Do not use this transformer for other than its intended purpose.
Transformer Ratings:
Input: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Only, Output: Z-750: 21VAC 3.75A 78VA; Z-1000: 14VAC 80W or 18VAC 100W
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.
©2007, M.T.H. Electric Trains, Columbia, MD 21046
Set Up Checklist
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Assemble RealTrax®
Connect the transformer
Lubricate the engine
Priming the Smoke Unit
Place the engine and cars on the track and couple them together
Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operation section of these
instructions.
Set Includes
r Steam Locomotive and Tender
r 3 Cars
8-Pieces
O-31 Curve RealTrax
4-Pieces
Straight RealTrax
Lighted Lock-On
Transformer and Controller
with wire harness
DVD/CD-Rom
Tools Needed
Battery Charger (Optional)
Philips Screwdriver
Pliers
Cotton Swab or Rag
Scissors
RailKing Maintenance Kit or
Light Household Oil and Bearing Grease
You can obtain replacement parts and replacement instructions from the M.T.H.
Parts Department
e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com
phone: 410-381-2580
mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532
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Getting Started
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Assembling RealTrax
The quick connectors and built-in roadbed allow you to set up RealTrax anywhere,
including carpeted surfaces.
STEP
1
Knock-out must be removed
before remote lock-on can
be installed
STEP
2
Remove knock-out from
outer edge of track by
holding and twisting up
with a pair of pliers
STEP
3
Insert lock-on into
knock-out tab
(Lock-on is the interface between
the track and transformer)
REMOVE TAB
FROM OUTER EDGE
STEP
4
Make sure the metal
contacts line up.
STEP
5
STEP
Align Quick
Connect Plugs
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Gently push together RealTrax
Connecting the Transformer
The transformer included with this set provides an easy-to-use, safe power source for ACpowered trains and accessories.
To complete the connection between the track and the transformer, simply plug in the
color-coded wire harness that was included in your set and plug the transformer into your
wall outlet.
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Plug the wire from the transformer into the Z-Controller’s center port.
Connect the Wires from the Z-Controller to the Lighted Lock-On, being sure that the
wires are connected from red-to-red and black-to-black.
Unplug when not in use.
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
Red Harness
Wire/Plug
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Black Harness
Wire/Plug
Black Harness
Wire/Plug
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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.
Lubricate Axles
Grease Gears
Priming the Smoke Unit
You should prime the smoke unit with smoke fluid
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Pick-Up Rollers
(Do Not Lube the Flat Part
of Pick-Up Rollers)
Add 15-20 drops
of 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.
Running the engine without primed
Smoke unit may cause damage
Smoke Unit Control
Coupling the Engine and Cars
STEP
Incorrect
Position
1
Position
armiture for
proper
operation
STEP Place the engine and cars on
2
the track.
Open couplers by pressing
down on plunger.
STEP
3
Push cars together to
couple.
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Be sure that cable loops upward
Draw bar
! Plug tender plug into boiler socket at the back of cab.
! Connect the draw bar between the engine and tender.
Look at the bottom of the
engine and tender where
each will have a color-coded
stamp. If they match you
may connect those two
pieces; if not, don't.
Checking the Battery
You may find, if your set 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 "SelfCharging Battery Back-Up" on page 17.
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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.
Operation Buttons
Throttle To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the
throttle control knob. Turning it clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning
it 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.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The horn
will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will stop when you
release the button.
Bell - To sound the bell, firmly press the bell button. The bell sound will continue until
the bell button is firmly pressed a second time.
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.
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.
Volume Control
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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.(Sold Separately)
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 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
Whistle
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Feature to Be Activated
Button Code:
Freight Yard or Passenger Station Sounds
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Reset to Factory Defaults
1 Bell, 2 Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Whistless
1 Whistle, 2 Bells (from Neutral only)
1 Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Whistle, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) or
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA):
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of either freight yard or passenger station
sounds that you can play. 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/PSA sufficient time to
run through each sequence.
!
To cue the sound system to play the FYS/PSA, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick taps of the Whistle 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/PSA. 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 Whistle and Bell buttons until the full
FYS/PSA 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/PSA.
!
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third
FYS/PSA sequence.
!
Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS/PSA sequence.
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The FYS/PSA 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 Whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow
the whistle as usual.
Bell
Whistle
Whistle
Sound System Cued to Play
Freight Yard or Passenger
Station Sounds (FYS)/(PSA)
+
Direction
1st
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
2nd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
3rd
Sequence
FYS/PSA
+
Direction
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
4th
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS/PSA
! You can terminate FYS/PSA at any time by turning off power to the track for
15 seconds.
! You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS/PSA. 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/PSA 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/PSA. Otherwise, the engine without FYS/PSA will
begin vibrating on the track as its motors strain to move the train, since they
cannot be automatically disabled during the FYS/PSA cycle (or if an original
Proto-Sound engine, FYS/PSA are triggered differently and that engine's
motor-disable feature will not be active when you run FYS/PSA in ProtoSound 2.0).
! FYS/PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if
triggered while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS/PSA, 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 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 page 8) 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 Whistle button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be
released.
Fire
Bell
Whistle
Whistle
Whistle
Rear
= Coupler
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the Whistle button, allowing approximately ½ second to
lapse between each quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will
play, and the knuckle will be released.
Fire
Whistle
Bell
Whistle
Whistle
Whistle
Front
= Coupler
Speed Control:
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that allow
the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around curves, much
like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the run, and the engine
will maintain the speed you set.
While the engine is programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can
opt to turn it off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase
as it travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on the
run. Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when speed
control is on than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower power level for
operation with speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments. When speed control is
off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
transformer's whistle button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times, allowing
approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Repeat the 1 whistle,
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
Whistle
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Lock 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 Whistle button once followed by three quick taps
of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. Two whistle 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 whistle, 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
whistle
10
Whistle
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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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 tap the Whistle button quickly once, followed by five
quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each
quick button press. Two whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Whistle
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sounds:
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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Maintenance
Lubrication Instructions
The engine should be oiled and greased in order to run properly.
Regularly lubricate all side rods 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.
Lubricate Valve Gear
Lubricate Pick-Up Rollers
(Do Not Oil the Flat Part of
Pick-Up Rollers)
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate Side Rods
Greasing Instructions
The locomotive's internal gearing was greased at the factory. Grease engine every 50
hours of use or one year. Use a lithium based grease and follow the greasing instructions.
!
Remove the screw from the chassis to open
the grease port.
!
Insert the grease tube tip into the port and
squeeze the tube once or twice to add grease
to the gearbox.
!
Wipe off any excess grease and replace the
phillips screw securely.
Grease
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 a clean rag and RailKing Track
Cleaning Fluid 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. Because the manufacturing process leaves a coating on RealTrax center rail, you
should clean the rails after the first 30 minutes of use (you may notice an electrical smell
during initial use as the coating wears off; this is normal). 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 the rear set of
flanged drivers. While these tires are extremely durable, they may occasionally need to
be replaced.
STEP
! 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 5mm nutdriver.
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! Clean the groove using a cotton swab and denatured alcohol.
! 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.
STEP
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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 oil-based fluid that emits a harmless
smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack by a small
electric fan.
Add 15-20 Drops
Smoke Fluid
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy troublefree 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, Seuthe, LGB, or
LVTS fluids (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.
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 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.
Smoke Unit Control
Smoke Unit Cover
Wick in
Poor
Condition
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Wick in
Good
Condition
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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 as shown below. Remove the smoke unit inspection
cover from the locomotive's body (see right). 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.
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the light bulb in the locomotive, follow the boiler removal instructions below.
STEP
1
STEP
2
Remove the Body Mount Screws
from the chassis then lift the body
away from the chassis.
Once the locomotive boiler has been removed
from its chassis, locate the bulb bracket as seen in
the illustration on the right and rotate the
headlight bulb counter-clockwise to remove.
Replace Headlight Bulb
Passenger Car Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the interior light bulbs, follow these steps.
STEP
1
1) To remove the shell
from chassis remove the
four screws located
underneath the trucks.
Remove these
four screws
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2) With the four screws
removed, lower the chassis
from the shell, take care not
to pull the wires out.
STEP
2
STEP
3
Remove these
two screws
Remove these
two screws
3) To be able to separate the
interior from the shell you
need to remove the screws
from underneath the interior.
With the two screws
removed you can then lower
the interior down from the
shell.
STEP
4
4) You can now replace the
bulbs by pushing the socket
up from the bulb holder and
pull the bulb from its socket.
Replace with a new one,
and reverse the steps to
reassemble the caboose.
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Caboose Light Bulb Replacement
To replace the interior light bulbs follow these instructions and see the diagrams below.
STEP
STEP
1
2
Lower the chassis from the
shell, taking care not to pull
the wires out.
Remove the four (4)
screws located under
the caboose's trucks.
STEP
3
End
Frame
Step
Platform
Carefully loosen the
end frames on both
ends from the step
platform.
Then grasp the end
frame by the bottom
and pivot outward 5
degrees. Remove
the step platforms
from both ends.
STEP
5
Replace the bulb by pushing the socket up
at an angle from the bulb holder and pulling
the bulb from its socket.
STEP
4
Lower the chassis from the shell, taking
care not to pull the wires out.
Light Bulb
(Part #CG-0000017)
Replace with a new bulb and reverse the
steps to reassemble the caboose.
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Self-Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad 2.4v self-charging battery pack 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.
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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.
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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 off).
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Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (sold separately) that plugs into a wall outlet and
a special port under the tender to recharge the battery overnight without leaving
it on the track.
Battery Charger
Item No. 50-1019
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Battery Port
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.
DO NOT substitute alkaline batteries for these NiCad batteries. Using alkaline
batteries in this system can result in damamge to the PS 2.0 circuit board and/or
the batteries.
**Do not use alkaline batteries for testing or checking purposes for the 3-Volt
PS2 boards. Using alkaline batteries will damage the 3-Volt battery charging
circuit.**
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Quick-Start DVD
The included Quick-Start DVD demonstrates the start-up and basic operation of this set
as well as other information about model railroading. You may find it helpful to view the
DVD before operating this set.
RailWare Interactive DVD
M.T.H. provides a free RailWare DVD in each Ready-To-Run set. It is full of helpful
information on M.T.H. product history, track planning software, a dealer finder, and
information and video clips on Loco-Sound and Proto-Sound 2.0. Follow the directions
below to use the DVD.
Minimum System Requirements: Pentium 100, 16MB RAM, Windows 95 or later, DVD
drive, Sound Card, display properties set to greater than 256 colors. The DVD will not
work on a Mac OS unless you run VirtualPC®.
Running RR-Track Software
You may run the RR-Track software directly off of the DVD or you may install the
software to your hard drive.
1. On the Desktop, click on the icon that says My Computer.
2. Find your DVD drive.
3. With the M.T.H. DVD in the drive, double click on the icon for the DVD drive.
4. Find the folder on the DVD entitled INSTALLATION.
5. Choose the folder inside entitled RRTRAXSETUP.
6. Run the file in that folder called SETUP.EXE and follow the directions it provides.
The program may ask you for a registration code. If it does type in "M.T.H." and it will
run.
Additional track libraries can be obtained directly from RR-Track. See their website for
more information www.rrtrack.com.
Installing Adobe Acrobat Software
To read some of the electronic documents included on the DVD, you will need to install
the Adobe Acrobat Reader® if it is not already on your computer. To install the software:
1. On the Desktop, click on the icon that says My Computer.
2. Find your DVD drive.
3. With the MTH DVD in the drive, double click on the icon for the DVD drive.
4. Find the folder on the DVD entitled INSTALLATION.
5. Choose the folder inside entitled ACROBAT READER.
*If you are running Windows 95, 98 or NT choose the folder 32 BIT. Run the file
AR32E301.EXE and follow the directions it provides.
If you have problems you cannot resolve by using these directions, contact
custserv@mth-railking.com or call 410-381-2580 for further help.
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use, you may
have some questions during initial operation. The following table should answer most
questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this table, contact M.T.H. for
assistance (e-mail: service@mth-railking.com; telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-4230009; mail: 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.
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.
You may not be sending enough power to the track
The engine will not start after I press the
to power the engine. Press the throttle up for a few
Direction button.
more seconds to increase track power.
My engine sounds are distorted and garbled. The battery may have run down, especially if the
engine has been in storage for some time. See the
"Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section of these
instructions for how to test, recharge, and (if
necessary) replace the battery.
Whistle
I can't get the whistle to blow when I press
the whistle button.
Bell
Remedy
You may be pressing the button too quickly. Try
pressing the Whistle button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to fully depress the
button.
Remedy
I can't get the bell to ring when I press the
bell button.
Coupler
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS/PSA
starts.
The Proto-Coupler won't let the engine
uncouple on the fly.
The coupler does not fire or stay coupled.
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.
Remedy
You are waiting too long between whistle button
presses. See the timing instructions located at the
beginning of the "Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating
Instructions" section.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle and rivet with
a dry graphite lubricant.
The coupler needs to be cleaned. Wipe with
denatured alcohol (not rubbing alcohol) and let
dry.
Cab Chatter
Remedy
Lock-out
Remedy
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).
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Volume
The sounds seem distorted, especially when
the whistle or bell is activated.
No Sound
Battery
The engine will not leave the initial neutral
setting.
I get no sounds when the engine shifts
between directions.
After I turn off my transformer, my engine
continues to make sounds before quitting.
FYS/PSA
The FYS/PSA sounds occasionally repeat
themselves.
Once in FYS/PSA, the engine doesn’t go
into reverse.
When the FYS/PSA enters its last sequence
the bell automatically comes on
When FYS/PSA 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 FYS/PSA
after fourth press of the direction button.
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Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too high. Turn the
volume control knob on the bottom of the tender
counter-clockwise to reduce the volume.
Volume is set too low, adjust volume control knob
on the bottom of the tender clockwise to increase
the volume or check connector to speaker.
Remedy
Check to be sure the battery is installed and fully
charged. See the "Self-Charging Battery BackUp" section.
The battery may be dead or need to be charged.
See the "Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" section.
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to continue to sound
for a few seconds after power to the track has
been shut off to allow for a more realistic shutdown.
Remedy
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/PSA sequence,
it is probable that some of these sound clips will
be repeated from time to time.
So that FYS/PSA effects can be as realistic as
possible, Proto-Sound 2.0 disables the reversing
unit whenever FYS/PSA is enabled. This way the
engine remains still at its stop as the operator
cycles through the FYS/PSA sequences.
FYS/PSA is programmed to start ringing the bell
at that point. After approximately 12 seconds, it
will automatically turn off.
Because FYS/PSA must control various effects in
each sequence, Proto-Sound 2.0 takes control of
these sound effects until you exit FYS/PSA
Each FYS/PSA clip must play for aprox. 30
seconds before FYS/PSA will advance to the next
step in the FYS/PSA cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each FYS/PSA sound clip before
pressing the direction button.
RailKing Bantam 4-8-4 Steam Freight/Passenger Set with Proto-Sound® 2.0
Compatibility
While this Ready-To-Run set is equipped with everything you need to operate it, the
design allows flexibility. The train will operate on any traditional O-31 or larger O
Gauge track system, including the ScaleTrax™ included with this set or traditional tubular
track. It is also compatible with most standard AC transformers, including the hobby
transformer packaged with your set.
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Note that many of the operational commands described in these instructions require a bell
button, so if you are using a transformer other than the one included in this set and your
transformer does not have its own bell button, you should consider adding one to get the
full benefit of the system.
Transformer
Model
Center 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
0-14v
80-Watt
0-18v
100-Watt
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
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
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
Electronic
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Additional Features Accessible with the
DCS Remote Control System:
(additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields wonderfully
realistic sound and several train control features, command mode operation allows the
user to access a world of command functions never before accessible to O Gauge
railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control System (including a DCS
remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain many advanced features, including:
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DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in scale miles per
hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows operator to set maximum
speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke each engine
outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker and interior
lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but does not
turn off the power
One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all DCScontrolled 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 makeups, 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
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
Operating instructions for all DCS Command features will accompany the DCS remote
control equipment.
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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 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 3812580.
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 410-381-2580 to identify an Authorized
M.T.H. Train Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks,
and traction tires. We will repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for the
parts or labor, if the item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H.
National Authorized Service Center (NASC) within one year of the original date of purchase. This
warranty does not cover damages caused by improper care, handling, or use. Transportation costs
incurred by the customer are not covered under this warranty. Items sent for repair must be
accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the problem, and a copy of the
original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant, which gives the date of
purchase. If you are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their
return authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to
state. Specific questions regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. Directly.
Service Department:
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
.Columbia MD 21046-1532
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