RailKing 70-2028-1 G Gauge One Gauge Dash-8 Diesel Engine (Narrow Nose/4-Wheel Truck) Operator’s Manual

RailKing 70-2028-1 G Gauge One Gauge Dash-8 Diesel Engine (Narrow Nose/4-Wheel Truck) Operator’s Manual
Narrow Nose Dash-8
Diesel Engine
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Compatibility
This locomotive is capable of operating with DC or AC power supplies (See
page 29 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 an R1 G-Gauge curve track
or switch when the pilots are mounted to the trucks. Additional features may
be utilized when controlling the engine with MTH’s Digital Command
System (DCS).
Freight Yard Sound
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist.......... ............................................................... 3
Locomotive Coupler Installation.......................................3
Lubrication........................................................................ 5
Priming The Smoke Unit.................................................. 5
Checking the Battery........................................................ 6
Placing The Engine On The Track.....................................6
Installing the Locomotive Pilot Details.............................7
Basic Operation............................................................................ 8
Activating Features Using DC Power............................... 8
Using DCS with DC Power............................................... 9
DCS Polarity Switch..........................................................10
Activating Features Using AC Power................................11
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions ................................. 12
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features....12
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)............................................... 13
Proto-Coupler Operation................................................... 14
Speed Control.................................................................... 15
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction.............................. 16
Reset To Factory Default.................................................. 16
Automatic Sound Effects.................................................. 16
Maintenance..................................................................................17
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions.............................. 17
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions.............................18
Light Bulb Replacement Instructions................................ 19
Self Charging Battery Back-Up........................................ 21
ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation............................. ............. 23
Installing the Fixed Locomotive Pilot............................... 24
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems.................. 26
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart................... 29
Additional Features Accessible With The DCS System.... 31
Service & Warranty Information....................................... 32
Limited One-Year Warranty...............................................32
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.
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 The Locomotive Couplers
This RailKing One-Gauge locomotive is designed to accept 3 different types of G-Gauge
couplers - an MTH Remote Control Proto-Coupler™, an MTH hook & loop coupler or a
1/32nd Kadee coupler. For your convenience, the MTH Proto-Coupler™ and the hook &
loop 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.
Both the proto-coupler and the hook and loop coupler designs attach to the locomotive
trucks in the same manner as seen in Figure 1.
Coupler Mounting Screws
Proto-Coupler
Figure 1: Mounting Position For Proto-Coupler™and Hook & Loop
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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”. To lower the Proto-Coupler to position “B”
unscrew it and add the spacer seen in figure 2 under the coupler. Then use the longer
screws provided to screw the Proto-Coupler back down. See Figure 3.
Note: When the Proto-Ccoupler™ is installed in position B, the knuckle pin must be cut
off as shown in Fig. 4. The coupler pin has been “scored” so that it can be easily cut off
with a pair of snippers.
The Hook and Loop coupler mounts to the truck in the same manner as the ProtoCoupler™ (see Fig. 1 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 as seen in Figure
5. Follow the Kadee Coupler’s installation guide for complete details on installing the
coupler.
Figure 2: Spacer
Figure 3a: Coupler Position A
Figure 4: Score Line For Knuckle Coupler Position B
Figure 3b: Coupler Position B
Figure 5
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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” in Fig. 6. Do
not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
L
L
L
L
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Figure 6. 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, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS fluids. 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 cab front door (see Fig. 7) 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
Figure 7: Smoke Unit Switch
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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.)
Figure 8: 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.
Orient Locomotive
So That Right Side
Wheels Are On The
Ground (-)
Track Rails
(+)
to inside rail
Checking The Battery
(-)
to outside rail
(+) (-)
to transformer power
or red
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 "Self-Charging
Battery Back-Up" on page 21.
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to transformer ground
or black
POWER
SOURCE
Installing The Locomotive Pilot Detail Parts
A separately supplied snow plow can be snapped onto the leading locomotive pilot.
Before snapping the snow plow in place, insert the brake hoses into the pilot as seen in
Figure 10.
Figure 9: Attaching Brake Hose Details
Figure 10: Attaching Snow Plow
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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 below).
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 OneGauge 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 26 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.
There are 2 situation 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
Figure 11
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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
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.
Volume Adjustment Knob
Figure 12
Manual Volume Adjustment - To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine,
turn the master volume control knob located inside the door on the front of the cab
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)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of freight yard sounds that you can play
when you pull into a yard. Each sequence described below will play as long as it is
left on, randomly generating sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds
between the button pushes described below to allow the FYS sufficient time to run
through each sequence.
•To cue the sound system to play the FYS, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button once
followed by 2 quick taps of the Horn button while the engine is moving. Tap the
buttons quickly but allow approximately ½ second between each press.
•Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first
sequence of FYS. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will not
move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound 2.0 has
disabled operator control over the Horn and Bell buttons until the full FYS sequence
is complete.
•After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction button
again to trigger the second sequence of FYS.
•After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS
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 sequence. The FYS will
continue, and within a few seconds, the engine and bell will start and move out on its
own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling when you
began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control of the
transformer's bell and Horn buttons and can ring the bell or blow the Horn as usual.
Bell
Horn
Horn
Sound System Cued
to Play Freight Yard
Sounds (FYS)
+
Direction
1st
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
2nd
Sequence
FYS
+
Direction
+
3rd
Sequence
FYS
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Direction
4th
Sequence
FYS
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS
•You can terminate FYS at any time by turning off power to the
track for 15 seconds.
•You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS. At the conclusion
of the full sequence, the train will pull away from the station in
whatever direction you were going when you activated the feature.
•You can use FYS even if you are double-heading with another
engine. If the second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0,
you must remember not to leave the throttle at a high voltage level
once you have stopped the engine to run the FYS. Otherwise, the
engine without FYS will begin vibrating on the track as its motors
strain to move the train, since they cannot be automatically disabled
during the FYS cycle (or if an original Proto-Sound engine, FYS are
triggered differently and that engine's motor-disable feature will not
be active when you run FYS in Proto-Sound 2.0).
•FYS can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if
triggered while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS,
the engine will depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to
the direction it was traveling before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler® Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote
uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the Proto-Sound 2.0
microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section or modification to your
layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or while in motion. Use the code
shown below (and in the chart on p. 12) 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 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
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”
in Fig. 13. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
L
L
L
L
Figure 13: 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
seen in Figure 14.
Figure 14
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2. After removing the truck bottom plate mounting screws, liberally apply grease to the
gears attached to both the outside axles as seen in Figure 15.
Figure 15: Grease Points Inside Power Truck
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 in Figure 16.
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@mthrailking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, FAX: 410-3816122).
Figure 16: 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; mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, FAX: 410-381-6122).
To Remove The Body From The Chassis
1. Turn the locomotive over and locate and remove the truck side screws as detailed in
Figure 16.
2. Next, locate and remove the body mounting screws as seen in Figure 17.
Figure 17: Body Mounting Screw Locations
3. Once the body screws have been removed, separate the handrails from the cab area of
the body as seen in Figures 18 and 19.
Figure 18: Handrail Separation From Cab
Figure 19: Handrail Separation From Cab
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Light Bulb Replacement Instructions Cont’d
4. Once all the handrails are freed from the body around the cab and front of the
locomotive, gently lift the body from the chassis to expose the light and smoke unit
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 seen
in Figure 20.
Figure 20: Wire harnesses connect lights inside the locomotive.
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Light Bulb Replacement Instructions Cont’d
5. Lights are located at the front and rear of the cab as seen in Figure 21 and 22. Burned
out bulbs can be removed by unplugging the light and replacing. Front light bulbs are
installed under the cab roof of the body. These bulbs are located above the cabinterior
roof and will require that the cab interior and interior roof be removed in order to gain
access to the bulbs. The interior is held in place by clearly visible phillips screws.
Figure 21: Rear Locomotive Light Location
Figure 22: Front Locomotive Light Location
To Replace:
Gently pull the wires until the bulb comes free of the housing. Push the new bulb into
place and reconnect the wires.
Self-Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad AA self-charging batteries recharge continuously during train
operation and should last between one and five years. The batteries 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.
Figure 23: Battery Compartment
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Self Charging Battery Back-Up
The special NiCad AA self-charging batteries recharge continuously during train
operation and should last between one and five years. The batteries should not leak or
cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your engine was built, it may
need to be charged right out of the box. If engine sounds seem distorted or garbled at
low voltages or become silent when power from the transformer is turned off, test the
battery to determine whether it should be recharged or replaced.
Test: Put the engine in neutral and leave the track voltage at 10-12 volts (high enough
for the lights to shine brightly and the engine to move steadily) for 15 minutes.
Recharge: If the sounds are improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, the
battery charge has run down and can be recharged. There are a number of ways you can
do this:
•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).
•Remove the batteries and recharge them in aNiCad battery charger.
•Charge the battery using the M.T.H. Battery Charger (M.T.H. Item #50-1019). A
battery charging port is located inside the rear of the locomotive cab on the engine’s
right side. The port is accessible when the rear cab door is opened as seen in Figure 24.
Replace: If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge, it is
time to replace the batteries. Replacement batteries can be ordered through MTH. The
batteries are located inside the locomotive’s fuel tank.
Figure 24: Battery Recharging Port
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ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
This RailKing One-Gauge diesel locomotive contains a self-powered 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 oilbased fluid that emits a harmless smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the stack by a
small electric fan. Smoke volume is controlled by the Proto-Sound 2.0 system.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should
enjoy trouble-free smoke unit operation for years.
When preparing to run this engine, add 30-40
drops of smoke fluid through the smokestack (see
Fig. 25). 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.
Figure 25
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added the fluid but choose to run
smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit switch located inside the door on the front of the cab
(see Fig. 26). Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to turn it off may damage the
smoke unit heating element and/or wick material.
When the smoke output while running the engine begins to diminish, add another 10-15
drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15 drops of
fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting the wick
soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
If you experience poor or no smoke output when the smoke unit is on and has fluid, the
wicking material inside the smoke unit may need to be replaced. Such a repair requires
that the locomotive be returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center.
Smoke Unit Switch
Figure 26
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ProtoSmoke® Unit Maintenance
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. To inspect
the smoke unit you will need to remove the body from
the chassis in order to gain access to the unit. Follow
the body removal instructions found earlier in this
manual.
Once the body has been removed, you can remove the
smoke unit circuit board from the smoke unit fluid
reservoir by removing the four screws as seen in Figure
27. Inspect the wick; if it is darkly discolored and
hard, it should be replaced.
Figure 27
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are available directly from the
M.T.H. Parts Department (order online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mthrailking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, FAX:
410-381-6122).
Installing The Fixed Locomotive Pilot
If desired, your locomotive can be outfitted with
pilots that are fixed to the chassis for a more
realistic appearance. An extra set of pilots has
been included with your engine for such a
configuration. Note: Installing the fixed pilots
will decrease the locomotive’s minimum turning
diameter. With fixed pilots your locomotive will
be restricted to 8’ diameter curves.
Removing the “Floating” Pilots
To remove the factory installed floating pilots,
locate and remove the mounting screws as seen in
Figure 28.
Figure 28
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Installing The Fixed Locomotive Pilot
Installing The Fixed Pilot
Once the floating pilot has been removed, slide the fixed pilot into position between the
truck and the chassis. The pilot will seat itself onto a set of screw bosses as seen in
Figure 29. Once in place, use the screws that held the floating pilot in place to secure the
fixed pilot to the chassis as seen in Figure 30.
Figure 29
Figure 30
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 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 The engine is locked into the
power up the transformer. It sits
neutral position. Follow the
procedure in the “Lock into a
Direction” section.
Engine speed must be below 10
The engine won’t lock into
scale mph (approx. 10 volts or
forward, neutral, or reverse.
less in conventional mode).
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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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
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
Mag-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
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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-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
* 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 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 a
Repair Authorization Number. You can find the list of ASCs on the M.T.H. Website, www.mthrailking.com. Authorized Service Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only
from that store; all other repairs may-- or may not be done at the store's own discretion. If you did
not purchase the item directly from the ASC, you will need to select a National Authorized Service
Center (NASC). These centers are compensated by M.T.H. to perform warranty service for any
customer whose repair qualifies for warranty service. A list of NASC retailers can be located on the
M.T.H. Website or by calling 1-888-640-3700. Should the warranty no longer apply, you may
choose either an ASC or NASC retailer to service your M.T.H. Product. A reasonable service fee
will be charged.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam
and plastic wrapping material to prevent damage to the merchandise. There is no need to return the
entire set if only one of the components is in need of repair unless otherwise instructed by the
Service Center. The shipment must be prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover
letter including your name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address (if available), Return
Authorization number (if required by the service center, a copy of your sales receipt and a full
description of the problem must be included to facilitate the repairs. Please include the
description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a service technician when
contacting the Service Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for
service. Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not
agents or representatives of M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or
otherwise, for material left in their possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized
Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com, or call 410
381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant are covered by this warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 1-888-640-3700 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train
Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or workmanship,
excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and traction tires. We will
repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for the parts or labor, if the item is returned to an
M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center (NASC) within one year
of the original date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damages caused by improper care, handling, or use.
Transportation costs incurred by the customer are not covered under this warranty.
Items sent for repair must be accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the problem, and a
copy of the original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant, which gives the date of
purchase. If you are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their return
authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state. 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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