RailKing 70-2038-1 G Gauge One Gauge Alco PA AA Diesel Set - Operator’s Manual

RailKing 70-2038-1 G Gauge One Gauge Alco PA AA Diesel Set - Operator’s Manual
Alco PA AA
Diesel Engine Set
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Compatibility
This locomotive is capable of operating with
DC or AC power supplies (See page 28 for a
complete list of compatible transformers and
wiring instructions.) indoors or outdoors.
MTH does not recommend operating the
locomotive in inclement weather and strongly
suggests that it not be left out in the elements.
The locomotive will negotiate a R-3 G-Gauge
track. Additional features may be utilized
when controlling the engine with MTH’s
Digital Command System (DCS).
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist.......... ...............................................................
Locomotive Coupler Installation......................................
Lubrication........................................................................
Priming The Smoke Unit..................................................
Checking the Battery........................................................
Placing The Engine On The Track.....................................
Installing the Locomotive Pilot Details............................
Basic Operation............................................................................
Activating Features Using DC Power...............................
Using DCS with DC Power...............................................
DCS Polarity Switch..........................................................
Activating Features Using AC Power................................
Proto-Sound® 2.0 Operating Instructions .................................
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features.
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) or
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA...........................
Proto-Coupler Operation...................................................
Speed Control....................................................................
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction..............................
Reset To Factory Default..................................................
Automatic Sound Effects..................................................
Maintenance..................................................................................
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions..............................
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions.............................
Light Bulb Replacement Instructions................................
Self Charging Battery Back-Up........................................
ProtoSmoke™ Unit Operation...........................................
Installing the Locomotive Pilot.........................................
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems..................
Recommended AC Transformers......................................
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart....................
Additional Features Accessible With The DCS System....
Service & Warranty Information.......................................
Limited One-Year Warranty...............................................
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CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Recommended for Ages 14 and up. Not recommended for children under 14 years of age without adult supervision. As
with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to prevent electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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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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Set Up Checklist
•Install the locomotive couplers
•Lubricate the locomotive
•Prime the smoke unit
•Check to see whether the batteries need to be charged for full sound effects
•Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operating Section of this manual
•Installing Pipe Details
Installing The Locomotive Couplers
This RailKing One-Gauge locomotive is designed to accept 5 different types of G-Gauge
couplers - an MTH Remote Control Proto-Coupler™, an operating knuckle coupler, an
MTH hook & loop coupler, a dummy coupler or a 1/32nd Kadee coupler. For your
convenience, the MTH Proto-Coupler™, the hook & loop couplers, dummy couplers, and
operating knuckle couplers have been included with your locomotive. The Kadee type
must be the 1/32nd size and can be purchased from a Kadee coupler retailer.
The proto-coupler, the operating knuckle coupler, and the hook and loop coupler designs
attach to the locomotive in the same manner as shown below.
Trailing A-unit
Proto-Coupler
Coupler Mounting Screws
Mounting Position For Proto-Coupler™ and Operating Knuckle Coupler
and Hook & Loop Couplers
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Installing The Locomotive Couplers (cont’d)
If the locomotive is to be mated up with a different scaled G-Gauge locomotive, freight or
passenger car, the height of the Proto-Coupler™ may need to be adjusted. The protoCoupler comes installed in position “A” on the trailing A-unit.. To lower the Proto-Coupler
to position “B” unscrew it and add the spacer under the coupler. Then use the longer screws
provided to screw the Proto-Coupler back down. See below.
Spacer
Coupler Position B
Coupler Position A
Note: The coupler knuckle pin must be cut off as shown below. The coupler pin has also
been “scored” so that it can be easily cut off with a pair of snippers.
Score Line For Knuckle Coupler Position B
The Hook and Loop coupler and operating knuckle couplers mounts to the truck in the
same manner as the Proto- Coupler™ (seen on page 3).
If a Kadee Coupler is to be installed, remove the MTH
Proto-Coupler™ or hook & loop coupler & armature and
install the separately purchased Kadee Coupler with the
Spacer provided as shown below. Follow the Kadee Coupler’s
installation guide for complete details on installing the
coupler.
Kadee Coupler
Kadee Spacer
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Kadee to Rear
Kadee to Front Pilot
Spacer
The Spacer
Set Up for Running on Large Radius Curves
This locomotives comes equipt to run on R-3 Curve track. If you are running your engine
on larger radius track you may want to bring the A-Units closer together so that the
diaphragms are touching. For your convenience we supplied 2 adapters for the Dummy
couplers on the rear end of the locomotives.
Adapter
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Lubrication
You should lubricate the engine to prevent it from squeaking. Use light
household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” shown below. Do
not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Lubricate
Lubricate
Lubricate
Lubricate
Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Priming The Smoke Unit
When preparing to run this engine, add 30-40 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack. We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke™ fluid. 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), rotate the smoke unit knob located inside the side rear door (shown below)
to the off position (rotate counterclockwise). If you wish to regulate the smoke output
intensity, turn the knob between full counterclockwise and full clockwise until the desired
smoke output is reached. Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to turn it off may
damage the smoke unit heating element and/or wicking material.
Smoke Unit Control
Smoke Unit ControlLocation
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Filling The Smoke Unit
While MTH does not recommend operating outdoors in inclement weather (in order to
prevent possible damage to the electronics), we have included for your convenience, a smoke
stack “cap” inside your locomotive packaging. This cap should be inserted on the smoke
stack to prevent moisture from entering the smoke unit chamber. (Ensure that the smoke unit is
turned off when the cap is in place.)
Add Smoke
Smoke Unit Cap
Placing The Engine On The Track
Like all DC powered locomotives, this engine is polarity
sensitive. In general, the locomotive should be placed on the
track with the cab facing toward the right if the outside rail is
the (-) rail and the inside rail is the (+) rail.
Checking The Battery
You may find, if your locomotive was built several months before you set it up, that the
rechargeable batteries have run down and need 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 22.
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Installing The Locomotive Pilot Detail Parts
Snap brake hose details to end of shell.
Brake Hose Details
Attaching Brake Hose Details
Connecting The Engines Together
Plug the cable into the ends of both A-Units.
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Basic Operation
RailKing One-Gauge locomotives can be operated with AC or DC power output
transformers. When using DC output power supplies, the user can only control the
lcomotive speed and direction. The locomotive will still make engine sounds but no bell or
whistle control is possible when using a DC output power supply unless the user wishes to
hook up the power supply to MTH’s separately sold Digital Command System (see next
page).
As with all G-Gauge locomotives, the Throttle knob or handle controls how fast your train
will travel.
Activating Features Using DC Power
Throttle - To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn or slide the
throttle control knob. Turning clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning
counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. Because your RailKing One-Gauge
locomotive is equipped with M.T.H.’s Proto-Speed Control feature, the engine will maintain
the speed you set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to slow down or speed
up the locomotive. This feature works very similarly to the cruise control system found in
automobiles and allows the engine to maintain its speed even as it enters curves, traverses
grades or coasts down inclines.
Direction - There are two ways to change a locomotive’s direction when operating the engine
with a DC power supply.
1. Slow the locomotive down using the throttle knob until the engine comes to a complete
stop but power still remains on the track. Slide the direction switch on the power supply to
the opposite direction and increase the throttle setting again to allow the locomotive to begin
running in the opposite direction.
2. While the locomotive is running, slide the direction switch on the power supply to the
opposite direction. The locomotive will slow to a gradual stop and then reverse direction
and slowly gain speed until it is again travelling at its original speed prior to the direction
switch change.
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Using DCS With DC Power
M.T.H.’s revolutionary Digital Command System, or DCS, allows users to control their
RailKing One-Gauge locomotives in a command control environment. User’s can remotely
access hundreds of features inside each RailKing One-Gauge locomotive with the wireless
remote control. Digital signaling and an easy-to-use interface make using DCS a snap. More
information on DCS can be found on page 25 or by visiting www.protosound2.com.
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DCS / POLARITY Switch
Your model is equipped with a DCS / POLARTY switch that is used to properly orient the
polarity of the power and the DCS signal going to the circuit board.
The DCS / Polarity Switch is located underneath the engine, between the truck and fuel
tank. (See Figure 16)
There are 2 situations that may require the operator to change the position the DCS /
Polarity Switch.
DC Mode
In DC operation the polarity of the voltage applied to the track rails determines the direction
of travel for the engine. If the MTH engine is facing the same direction as other engine(s),
but it runs in the opposite direction of the other engine(s) when the power is applied to the
track, you will need to select the other position of the DCS Polarity Switch. This will change
the direction of travel for the MTH RailKing Gauge-One Engine and will have the MTH
engine operating in the same direction as the other engine(s).
DCS Mode
In the DCS mode (using AC or DC). The control electronics is expecting the DCS signal on
the high or + side of the transformer / power pack output. If the engine is placed on the
track facing the wrong direction, the engine will not receive the DCS Signal and will not be
recognized by the Track interface unit (TIU). If the engine is not recognized by the TIU, or
if the engine sounds start up when the power is applied to the track with a TIU connected,
the DCS / Polarity Switch will need to be moved to the other position.
The DCS / Polarity Switch is oriented so that the switch is moved toward the rail with High
/ + / Red output terminal from the Transformer / Powerpack / TIU.
If your engine starts out in the direction you want or if the TIU recognizes the engine there
is no need to change the setting of the DCS / Polarity Switch.
DCS Polarity Switch
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Activating Features Using AC Power
Using an AC output transformer equipped with a whistle and bell button will unlock dozens
of features inside your RailKing One-Gauge locomotive. Operation is simple by following
the simple steps below and on the following pages.
Start Up - Turn the throttle knob up ½-way, until the engine headlight shines 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.
Throttle - To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the throttle
control knob. Turning clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while turning
counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. The engine will maintain the speed you
set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to change the voltage and speed.
Bell - To sound the bell, in an engine equipped with a
bell firmly press and release the Bell button. To turn the
bell off, press and release the Bell button again. The bell
will continue to ring from the time you turn it on until
you press and release the button again to turn it off.
Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
Forward
Neutral
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 neutralforward-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.
Volume Adjustment Knob
Manual Volume Adjustment - To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine,
turn the manual volume control (shown above) clockwise to increase the volume and
counter-clockwise to decrease the volume.
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Proto-Sound® 2.0 Operating Instructions
The following pages contain the operating instructions for Proto-Sound® 2.0 RailKing
One-Gauge locomotives when operated with AC output transfomrers in conventional
mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode features accompany the DCS
Remote Control System equipment. These features are only available when using an AC
Transformer equipped with a whistle and bell button.
Activating Proto-Sound® 2.0 Conventional Mode
Features (AC Operation Only)
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
Press
Horn
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
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
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Button Code:
1 Bell, 2 Whistle/Horn
1 Bell, 3 Whistle/Horn
1 Bell, 4 Whistle/Horn
1 Whistle/Horn, 2 Bells (From Neutral Only)
1 Whistle/Horn, 3 Bells
1 Whistle/Horn, 5 Bells (From Neutral Only)
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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.
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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 Horn/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 Horn/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
!
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 Horn/Whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow
the horn/whistle as usual.
Bell
Horn/
Whistle
Horn/
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
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+
Direction
4th
Sequence
FYS/PSA
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
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 Proto-Sound 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.
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. 14) to fire the coupler(s).
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, quickly tap the Bell button once followed by three quick taps of
the Horn button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button
press. The sound of the liftbar and air line depletion will play, and the knuckle will be
released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
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 Hor n 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
Horn
Horn
Horn
Horn
Front
= Coupler
Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 are equipped with Proto-Speed Control
which allows the locomotive 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 sound
volume will drop to allow for better low voltage operation.
To turn speed control on and off:
Place the locomotive in neutral, then quickly tap the transformer's Horn button one time
then quickly tap the Bell button two times, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse
between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the
change. Repeat the 1 horn, 2 bells code to return it to the other condition. You will want to
do this during the initial neutral upon start-up if you ever couple this engine to another
engine that is not equipped with speed control to avoid damaging the motors in either
engine. Each time you shut down the engine completely, it will automatically turn speed
control on.
Place
Engine into
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Locking Locomotive Into A Direction
You can lock your locomotive into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it will not
change directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want (or into neutral to
lock it into neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it will move without halting), and
quickly but firmly tap the Horn button once followed by three quick taps of the Bell button,
allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Two horn blasts
will indicate that the engine has made the change. The engine will not change direction
(including going into neutral) until you repeat the 1 horn, 3 bells code to return the engine to
its normal condition, even if the engine is kept without power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
Horn
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Reset To Factory Default
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the locomotive and reset it to its
factory defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn button quickly once, followed by five quick
taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick
button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sound Effects
Certain Proto-Sound 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
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
You should regularly lubricate all locomotive axles to prevent them from squeaking and
enhance operation. Use light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L”
below. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate
Lubricate
Lubricate
Lubricate
Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
The locomotive’s internal gearing was greased at the factory and should not need additional
grease until after 50 hours of operation or one year, whichever comes first. To access the
gear box and axles, do the following:
1. Turn the engine upside down and remove the truck bottom plate mounting screws as
shown below.
Screws
Truck Bottom Plate Mounting Screws
Screws
Screws
2. After removing the truck bottom plate, liberally apply grease to the gears shown below.
Grease Points Inside Power Truck
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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 on each truck. While these tires are extremely durable, you may need to
replace them at some point.
1. Remove the truck sides from the truck block in order to slip the new tire over the
grooved drive wheel. Each truck side is attached to the truck block via (2) screws as noted
below.
2. Make sure the old tire has been completely removed from the groove in the drive wheel,
using a razor blade or small flathead screwdriver to pry away any remains.
3. Slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it useful to use two small flathead
screwdrivers to stretch the tire over the wheel.
4. If you twist the tire while stretching it over the wheel, you will need to remove and
reinstall the tire. Otherwise your engine will wobble while operating.
5. Make sure the 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.
6. Reinstall the truck sides and operate as usual.
One set of replacement tires is packaged with your model. Additional sets are available
directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (Order online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail:
parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2580, Mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
Truckside Screws
Truckside Mounting Screw Locations
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Light Bulb Replacement Instructions
The locomotive lights are controlled by a constant voltage circuit in the engine. They can be
removed and replaced when they burn out by separating the body from the chassis as seen
on the following pages. Once the body has been separated, see the illustrations below to
remove the lights.
You can obtain replacement bulbs directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (Order
online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone:
410-381-2580, Mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
To Remove The Body From The Chassis
1) Locate and remove the 8 body mounting screws as shown below
Body Screws
Body Screws
Body Mounting Screw Locations
Wire Harnesses
Wire harnesses connect lights inside the locomotive body.
2) Gently lift the body from the chassis to expose the wire harnesses. There are wire
harnesses that connect lights inside the locomotive body that must be removed before the
body can be completely separated from the chassis as shown above.
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Light Bulb Replacement Instructions Cont’d
Lights
1. To replace the number board lights you will need to remove the brackets. Then pull the
lights out of the guides.
Remove Brackets
2. If your engine has side number board lights remove the side bracket. Then pull the light
board out of the guides in the bracket.
3. To replace the mars light (if applicable) you will need to remove the holder on the door.
See figure 26.
Holder
Mars Light
4. To replace the interior lights you will need to remove the interior. You will first need to
remove the number boards light brackets. Then remove the screws that hold the interior.
You may also need to remove some of the 2-pin connectors from the PCB.
To Replace:
Gently pull the wires until the bulb comes free of the housing. Push the new bulb into
place and reconnect the wires.
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Self Charging Battery Back-up
The special rechargeable 2.4v 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) 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:
·
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).
·
Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (Item No. 50-1019) (sold separately) that plugs
into a wall outlet and a special port under the 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:
(Item No. 50-1024) AA NiCad Proto-Sound® Battery (Blue Casing)
(Item No. BG4000004) AAA NiMH Proto-Sound® Battery (Green Casing)
DO NOT substitute alkaline batteries for these rechargeable 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.**
Battery
Charger Port
Battery
Battery Recharging Port
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Battery Compartment
™
ProtoSmoke Unit Operation
This 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 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. 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
components.
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Add Smoke
Smoke Unit Control
Smoke Unit ControlLocation
Smoke Unit Cap
To adjust the amount of smoke produced, turn the smoke unit volume control
clockwise to increase the amount of smoke, or counter-clockwise to reduce the
amount.
If you choose not to add smoke fluid (or have already added fluid but choose to
run smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit by turning the smoke unit control to the
“OFF” position, fully Counter Clockwise position (shown above). 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 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.
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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. After removing the locomotive body from its chassis,
remove the smoke unit inspection cover. After removing the 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 (Order online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail:
parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
Inspecting the Smoke Unit Wick
ProtoSmoke Fluid
ProtoSmoke is the recommended fluid for M.T.H.
products and can be used in other manufacturers products
as well. Choose from 12 different scents:
Christmas, Coal, Diesel, Wood Burning, Coffee, Eggs &
Bacon, Vanilla, Candy Cane, Barbeque, Pipe Smoke,
Cinnamon Roll, and Apple Pie
Installing The Locomotive Pilot
If desired, your leading A-Unit can be outfitted with a pilot for use with an operating
coupler. For your convenience we have provided an extra pilot with your AA set.
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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 (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009;
service@mth-railking.com, 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
21046-1532).
Starting Up
Remedy
When I first turn the power on, the
engine will not begin to run. I
have to turn the throttle off and
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.
Whistle/Horn
Remedy
When I press the whistle/horn
Reverse the transformer leads.
button, the bell comes on instead.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I You may be pressing the button
Remedy
press the whistle button.
too
quickly. Try pressing the
whistle/horn button more slowly,
taking approximately one full
second to fully depress the button.
Bell
Remedy
When I press the whistle button,
the bell sounds.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I
press the bell button.
Reverse the transformer leads.
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.
The bell won’t work on a separate Check the wiring of the separate
bell button.
button.
Coupler
Remedy
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Cab Chatter
Remedy
Sometimes the Cab Chatter
sounds don’t play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral
at random intervals.
Lock-out
Remedy
I can’t get the engine to run after I
power up the transformer. It sits
still with the engine sounds
running.
The engine is locked into the
neutral position. Follow the
procedure in the “Lock into a
Direction” section.
Engine speed must be below 10
scale mph (approx. 10 volts or
less in conventional mode).
The engine won’t lock into
forward, neutral, or reverse.
Volume
Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too
The sounds seem distorted,
especially when the whistle or bell high. Turn the volume control knob
on the bottom of the chassis
is activated.
counter-clockwise to reduce the
volume.
Battery
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial Check to be sure the battery is
neutral setting.
installed and fully charged. See
the “Self-Charging Battery BackUp” section.
I get no sounds when the engine
shifts between directions.
The battery may be dead or need
to be charged. See the “SelfCharging Battery Back-Up”
section.
After I turn off my transformer, my Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to
engine continues to make sounds continue to sound for a few
before quitting.
seconds after power to the track
has been shut off.
FYS
Remedy
The FYS sounds occasionally
repeat themselves.
Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in
random number generator that
randomly selects each sound clip
to play. Because there are a
limited number of sound clips
available in each FYS sequence, it
is probable that some of these
sound clips will be repeated from
time to time.
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FYS
Remedy
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 seconds it will
automatically turn off.
Because FYS must control various
When FYS is enabled, pressing
the whistle and bell buttons has no effects in each sequence, ProtoSound 2.0 takes control of these
effect.
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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Recommended DC Power Supplies
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard DC power supplies and
AC transformers. The following charts lists the recommended DC and AC
transformers. Note that many of the AC operational commands described in
these instructions require a bell button, so if your AC 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. DC transformers employing PWM (pulse width
modulation) should not be used with the separately sold DCS system.
Transformer
Model
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MRC
Controlmaster 20
0-20v
100 Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS5
0-20v
100 Watt
Electronic
PH Hobbies
PS10G
0-20v
180 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum-15
0-24v*
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum 200
0-24v*
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum 400
0-24v*
300 Watt
Electronic
BridgeWorks
Magnum 1000
0-24v*
300 Watt
Electronic
LGB Jumbo
50101
0-24v*
240 Watt
Electronic
*Use 22 volts maximum track voltage when operating a MTH Locomotive
equipped with Proto-Sound, Loco-Sound, or Proto-Sound 2.0
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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.
RECOMMENDED AC TRANSFORMERS
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
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
100-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
Lionel 1032
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1032M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1033
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1044
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1053
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
U
A
8-18v
135VA
Electronic
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300-Watt
Electronic
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
Lionel Post-War
Celebration
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
Common
0-20v
135/190 Watt
Electronic
Powermaster
Electronic
* Conventional Mode Only
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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 available to G 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 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
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Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard operation and troubleshooting techniques that may correct the problem. Additional information may be found on the M.T.H. Website.
Should you still require service, follow the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax 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
410-381-2580
service@mth-railking.com
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