Rail King RAILKING E-8 AA Operating instructions

Rail King RAILKING E-8 AA Operating instructions
RAILKING E-8 AA
DIESEL ENGINE
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Thank you for purchasing the RailKing production of General Motor’s E-8
AA diesel engine. The engine’s durable ABS body and die-cast trucks are
traditionally sized for operation on any O-31 Gauge track. The engine
should operate for years with any compatible AC transformer (see the chart
on page 35 for a list of compatible transformers) and is completely
compatible with most 3-rail locomotives, rolling stock and accessories.
The locomotive is equipped with either an electronic horn or the
ProtoSound® Digital Sound and train control system which contains several
deluxe features that are simple and fun to operate. Each feature is described
among the following pages which should be read before the engine is
operated. For those of you who can’t wait to get started, the Quick Start
Basic Operating Instructions found on Pages 3 and 4 should be read so that
you understand the basics of the operating system. Please note that some
features are only found in the ProtoSound® models and are marked as such.
Features not marked as ProtoSound features are available in all models.
Table Of Contents
QUICK START - BASIC OPERATION
PROTOSOUNDS™ OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
DCRU™ Reverse Unit Operation(All 3-Rail Models)
Horn Operation
Bell Operation
ProtoCoupler™ Operation
Squeaking Brake Sounds
Tips On Using Squeaking Brakes
Passenger Station Sounds (PFA)
Tips On Using The Freight Yard Sounds
Self-Recharging Battery Backup System
Replacing The Battery
ProtoSound® Volume Adjustment
USING “RESET" TO PROGRAM PROTOSOUNDS™
Entering RESET Options
Setting The Engine Volume
Programming For A Separate Bell Button Controller
Programming For Squeaking Brake Operation
Programming For Horn In Neutral Operation
Programming For Cab Chatter Sounds
Programming For ProtoCoupler Operation
Programming For PFA Operation
Activating Reverse Unit Lock-Out Control
Resetting All ProtoSound® Options To Factory Defaults
Reverse Unit Lockout Control Functions
Locking The Engine Into Forward or Reverse
Unlocking The Engine
Locking The Engine Into Neutral
OIL & LUBRICATION INSTRUCTIONS
TRACTION TIRE REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS
LIGHT BULB REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT
TROUBLE SHOOTING PROTOSOUND™ PROBLEMS
ProtoSound® RESET Feature Chart
Transformer Wiring Chart
O-31 OPERATION
EXPLODED PARTS LIST
Powered Unit
Dummy- Non Powered
SERVICE AND WARRANTY INFORMATION
HOW TO GET SERVICE
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
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WARNING:
When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be followed including the
following:
-- Read this and all related manuals (transformer/power supply, locomotive, etc.) thoroughly
before using this device.
-- This device is not recommended for children under ten years of age without adult supervision.
-- MTH recommends parents examine the toy transformer used to power this device periodically
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QUICK START - BASIC OPERATION
The RailKing E-8 AA contains state-of-the art electronics with several
built-in automatic features for incredibly realistic operation. Despite these
advanced features, the E-8 AA is easy to operate with any compatible
standard AC transformer (see the compatibility chart on page 35).
All models are controlled by a ProtoSound® DCRU® electronic reverse
unit. The reverse unit operates in the same manner that all reverse units
function by using forward, neutral and reverse states that are entered each
time the throttle is turned on and off or by using the transformer direction
switch (if so equipped).
ProtoCoupler®
Selection Switch
The reverse unit is designed to
ignore dirty track, dead spots on
switches or minor short circuits
without disrupting the engine
operation, even at slow, prototypical
speeds. Once the engine is placed
on the track, the throttle on the
Reverse Unit
transformer can be advanced. You
Lock-Out Switch
(horn only)
will see that only the engine’s lights
Figure 1: Lock-Out Switch Location
come on and that only two dings of
the ProtoSound bell occur followed
by the diesel start-up sounds (on
ProtoSound equipped 3-rail models). The engine does not run. This is
known as the RESET state and is
explained in more detail
Neutral
beginning on Page 4. The
ProtoSound® DCRU® will not
Forward
RESET
Reverse
power the motors until the throttle
Neutral
is turned OFF and then ON again.
Figure 2: DCRU™ Cycle Phases
At this point, the engine will now
function just like any other
electronic or mechanical E-unit. On ProtoSound-equipped engines, the
diesel engine sounds will change in volume as the engine begins to move.
The horn can be activated by pressing the whistle button on the transformer
just as any horn would be activated. See the sections later in this guide,
beginning on page 5, for more information on activating the horn and bell
sounds.
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PROTOSOUND® INSTRUCTIONS
The MTH ProtoSound® digital sound and train control system provides
the operator with unprecedented realistic operation on your model railroad.
In addition to actual diesel engine, CD-equivalent 16-bit digital sounds,
you get the following features:
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∗ Built-In DCRU Reverse Unit * Authentic Diesel Engine Horn Sound *
Authentic Diesel Engine Bell Sound * Squeaking Brake Sound * Passenger
Station Sounds * Operating Remote Controlled ProtoCoupler™ *
Self-Recharging Battery Back-Up System With Automatic Battery Shut-Off *
Remotely Controlled Reverse Unit Lock-Out * Remotely Adjustable Diesel
Engine Volume * Upgradeable Microprocessor Options * Authentic Diesel
Engine Start Up & Shut Down Sounds * Random Selection of Four “Cab
Chatter" Radio Transmission Sound Clips * Authentic Diesel Shut Down Sounds
Each feature is described among the following pages. Though the system
is easy to use, we encourage you to read the instructions thoroughly.
ProtoSound® DCRU® REVERSE UNIT
As mentioned in the Basic Operating section, the engine is controlled by a
ProtoSound® DCRU® reverse unit that contains the standard
forward-neutral-reverse states found on most reverse units. However, as
described earlier, when power is first applied to the track, the reverse unit
begins in RESET or what seems like a neutral state. Power must be
interrupted again to get the locomotive to enter the forward state. It is this
first RESET state that gives ProtoSound® its unique, remote controlled
functions. The system will enter RESET whenever power to the track is off
for three or more seconds. NEUTRAL will be referred to as the state
between Forward and Reverse.
ProtoSounds® is equipped with a microprocessor, that, depending on the
amount of memory it is allotted, allows the user to utilize several remotely
activated functions. In the simplest terms, ProtoSounds® has its own
“Computer" controlling these functions. In fact, the power of this
microprocessor is the same as that of a 286 desktop computer! In order to
access many of these remotely controlled functions, the user must be in the
RESET state to do so. RESET is entered anytime power to the locomotive
has been off for more than 3 to 5 seconds. When the engine first enters
RESET, the microprocessor initiates a system check to determine if the
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system, transformer and engine are operating correctly. This takes
approximately 2.2 seconds during which you will hear the engine’s startup
sounds begin. In order for ProtoSounds to properly initiate the system
check, do not advance the transformer throttle past 10 volts when you first
enter RESET, wait for the diesel startup sounds to begin and then slowly
turn the transformer throttle to the off position and then back on again to
enter the forward phase. Interrupting the power too quickly may cause the
system to re-enter RESET (signaled by two dings of the bell). Should this
happen, wait longer before interrupting the power to enter the Forward
phase.
ProtoSounds® comes with several programmable functions, including
Engine Volume Adjustment, Separate Bell Button Operation
(pre-programmed at the factory), Cab Chatter On/Off Control, ProtoCoupler
On/Off Control and Horn-In-Neutral Operation. Each of these features are
described in more detail later. You will notice that when in RESET, your
engine will not respond to the whistle button with a horn blast or continuous
bell ringing. In fact, when in RESET and the whistle button is depressed,
only one single bell chime will be heard each time the whistle button is
pressed. If you don’t want to configure or change your locomotive using
any of these programmable features, simply leave RESET and wait 2.2
seconds before interrupting the power to put the engine in forward. After
you leave RESET, your engine will operate normally in all the direction
states of forward, neutral and reverse.
HORN OPERATION
Your RailKing E-8 AA ProtoSound-equipped engine is equipped with a
digital recording of a diesel horn. The horn sound can be activated anytime
the engine is in forward or reverse by pressing the whistle button on your
transformer. The horn will continue to blow as long as the whistle button is
depressed. The horn will not function in RESET and must be configured
through a RESET option to allow the horn to work when the engine is in
neutral. See page 17 for information on horn programming in the Using
RESET To Program ProtoSounds® section of this manual.
BELL OPERATION
Your RailKing E-8 AA ProtoSound-equipped engine is equipped with a
digital recording of an actual diesel bell. Unlike previous versions of
ProtoSounds, the bell can be turned on or off with any separate bell button,
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like the Lionel® Railsounds® No. 5906 Bell Button, by simply pushing the
button. If you don’t have a separate bell button, the bell can be controlled
through your transformer’s whistle button whenever the engine is in
NEUTRAL. The bell will never ring continuously in RESET (Remember
NEUTRAL is the state between Forward and Reverse). Once the bell is
turned on, it will continue to ring when the engine is cycled into forward or
reverse until you press the bell button or re-enter NEUTRAL and turn the
bell off with the whistle button.
In fact, because of ProtoSounds® state-of-the-art design, the
microprocessor remembers its last command. Therefore, unless you turn
the bell off before you quit running your train, the next time you run the
engine, the bell will come on. No matter whether you come back an hour
later or a year later, the bell will begin chiming once the engine enters one
of the three directional states.
To turn the bell on using the transformer’s whistle button, turn on power to
the track and cycle the engine into NEUTRAL. Turn the throttle to 8 volts
or less (any higher voltage will arm the ProtoCoupler) and press the whistle
button. The bell should begin chiming. To turn the bell off, press the
whistle button again. If you want to keep the bell on while running the
engine, simply interrupt the power with the transformer throttle or the
transformer directional switch and enter forward or reverse.
PROTO-COUPLER™ OPERATION
Your RailKing E-8 AA ProtoSound-equipped locomotive has two
coil-wound ProtoCouplers™ for remote uncoupling action. The couplers
are mounted on the power trucks. Because the ProtoCoupler is controlled
through ProtoSound’s microprocessor, it doesn't require an uncoupling track
section or modification to your layout to function. The three simple steps
below are required to operate the coupler.
1. Put your engine in NEUTRAL and turn the throttle all the
way up.
2. Press the transformer whistle button to “Arm" the coupler.
(You will hear a “Clank")
3. After arming the coupler, press the
whistle button again to open the
coupler.
Put Engine In Neutral
At Full Power
Listen For The
Ca-Clunk Sound
H
H
Press & Release
The Whistle Button
Press & Release
The Whistle Button
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See The Coupler Open
And Listen For The
Cha-Chusshh Sound
When the knuckle fires open you will hear the buzzing of the coil
energizing and the sound of the air lines coming apart. It can best be
described as a CHA-CHUSHHH sound. The coupler doesn't have to be
fired in NEUTRAL. Once the
coupler is armed it can be fired
in Forward, Neutral or Reverse.
However, you may find that the
coupler doesn't open when
firing the coupler at high
speeds. Reduce the voltage
setting on your transformer if
this occurs and run your engine Lubricate Coupler Rivet
at a slower speed before firing
the coupler. If the coupler
continues to open erratically, try Figure 3: Lubricating The ProtoCouplers
lubricating the knuckle with
light oil as indicated in Fig. 3.
For multiple heading purposes, only one of the two Proto-Couplers will
function at any one time. Use the coupler direction switch as shown in Fig.
1 on page 3 to select either the front or rear coupler. Simply slide the
switch toward the direction of the coupler you want to make active.
SQUEAKING BRAKE SOUNDS
ProtoSound equipped engines feature the ability to play the sound of
squeaking brakes whenever your engine slows in speed. There are two
settings for activating the squeaking brake sounds. The default setting
allows the brake sounds to play while the engine is in forward or reverse
and the transformer throttle is lowered from a high setting to a low setting
(14 volts to 8 volts or less). The second setting requires that a bell button be
used to “arm” the brake feature and is explained in more detail in the
“Activating Freight Yard Sounds” section found later in this manual. The
sound itself is a stored record on the ProtoSounds software chip and will
always play the same brake sound for the same three second length each
Throttle Down From
High Voltage To Low
Listen For The
Squeaking Brake Sounds
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time the voltage is reduced from high to low. Some practice may be
required to synchronize the playing of the brake sounds with the movement
of the engine. It is not uncommon for the engine to stop before the brake
sound is completed. Operators will find that by coordinating the movement
of the throttle setting from 8 volts to off will allow the engine to maintain its
movement while the brake sounds play. Note: The brake sounds will not
be heard if the transformer throttle is not set above 14 volts and/or not
reduced below 8 volts.
TIPS ON USING THE SQUEAKING BRAKE FEATURE
Because the squeaking brake feature always plays for approximately 3
seconds, it is possible that the brake sounds will play longer or shorter than
what visually seems prototypical. You will find that by practicing with the
brake feature, you can quickly determine how quickly to throttle down and
what speeds and voltage settings give you the most prototypical braking effect.
Typical users will find the feature to be a very realistic way to simulate the
sound of an engine slowing down for curves, crossings or coming to a stop at a
station, side track or switch yard. As mentioned above, you will find that
initially your engine may continue to play the brake sounds once your engine
comes to a stop or that the sounds stop prematurely before the engine comes to
a complete halt. For example, if you simply run the engine and turn the throttle
off quickly, the brake sounds will likely continue playing even though the
engine has come to a complete stop. This annoying effect can be eliminated by
simply practicing with the brake feature. In no time, you will quickly learn
how to “feather" the throttle to keep the engine moving while the brake sounds
play and then turning the throttle off just as the sounds stop. Remember that
once you stop the engine, you should turn the throttle to the off position if you
don’t want to activate the Freight Yard Sounds feature described later in this
manual.
The ProtoSound squealing brake feature also has the ability to simulate the
squeal of wheel flanges when your train enters a curve at high speeds. The
same brake squealing sound plays, but you don’t need to reduce the
transformer throttle to activate the squealing sounds. To play the squealing
sounds as wheel flange sounds, trigger the brake feature using either method 1
or 2 above. Once triggered set the transformer throttle setting at 14 volts or
higher. As your engine enters a curve (or anywhere on the layout) quickly
“flick" your transformer whistle button about half way. This “flicking" action
causes the transformer to release a short DC signal that ProtoSounds reads as
an indicator to activate the brake sounds. The engine won’t slow down even
though the sounds play. This simulates the wheel flange squeal of a train
traveling through a turn too quickly.
Note: Consistent activation of the wheel flange squealing is determined by the
condition of your transformer’s whistle button rectifier disc. Older rectifier
discs may not release a clear and strong enough DC signal required by
ProtoSound’s computer to play the wheel flange squealing.
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PASSENGER ANNOUNCEMENTS (PFA)
ProtoSounds is now equipped with operator controlled passenger station
announcements, hereby known as PFA. This easy to use feature plays
digitally reproduced passenger station sounds whenever your engine stops
at a train station on your layout. No additional wires or modifications are
needed on your layout to enjoy these amazing sound effects. The sounds
themselves are randomly generated and randomly “shuffled” on the
ProtoSounds software chip. This gives the system the ability to produce
different sounds in a different order each time the PFA feature is enabled.
These different sounds are heard each time you cycle the transformer
throttle from on to off in the same manner that you would cycle the throttle
to enter the various states of forward, neutral and reverse. The entire PFA
sequence is designed to simulate the arrival, disembarking, embarking, and
departure of a train entering and leaving a train station. The sounds include
public address arrival and departure messages, passenger disembarking and
embarking sounds, conductor voices and general train station ambient
sounds. Each is described in more detail in the following sections.
ACTIVATING PASSENGER SOUNDS
Your ProtoSounds equipped engine features an operator controlled
passenger station sound set. Once activated, this easy to use feature plays
digitally reproduced sounds of a passenger station whenever you stop your
engine in the neutral position at a train station on your layout.
ARMING THE PASSENGER SOUNDS FEATURE
Before the passenger station sounds can be heard, ProtoSounds must
activate the feature so that the next time the engine enters the neutral
position, the sounds can play, The feature can be activated one of two ways.
Option 1: If you are using a separate bell button controller to ring your
bell (like the Lineal Railsounds No. 5906 bell activation button) you can
activate the feature by
Listen For The
Put Engine In Neutral,
pressing and holding the
Start Of The Bell Sound
Forward or Reverse
bell button for three
seconds or longer (it
doesn’t matter if you are
in forward, neutral or
Listen For The
Press & Hold
Horn Blast Sound
The Railsounds® Bell Button
After 3 Seconds
reverse). You will hear
For 3 Seconds
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the bell chiming turn on and if you listen carefully you should hear a horn
blast sound after three seconds have passed at which time you can release
the bell button. (Note: because the air release sound is hard to hear, we
recommend that you count out a full three seconds before releasing the bell
button.) The bell will continue to chime, so if you want to turn off the bell
ringing, simply press and release the bell button a second time. If you were
in neutral when you triggered the brake feature, interrupt the transformer
throttle to enter either forward or reverse to allow the engine to begin
running. ( Note: the feature will only be activated in the first direction
state you enter after triggering the feature from the neutral position. You
cannot interrupt the power twice to enter another direction state and still
have the passenger sound feature active.) Once your engine begins
running, you can trigger the sounds to begin playing whenever you enter
neutral.
Option 2 If you do not have a separate bell button on your layout, you can
still activate the feature with your transformer whistle button. To activate
the feature turn on the transformer throttle and get your engine into the
neutral position (not RESET). Once in neutral, set the transformer throttle
at 8 volts or less and press and hold the whistle button for at least three
seconds. You will hear the bell chiming turn on and if you listen carefully
you should hear a horn blast sound after three seconds have passed at which
time you can release the whistle button. (Note: because the horn blast
sound is hard to hear, we recommend that you count out a full three
seconds before releasing
Listen For The
the whistle button.) The
Put Engine In Neutral
Start Of The Bell Sound
At Low Power
bell will continue to chime,
so if you want to turn off
the bell ringing, simply
H
press and release the bell
Listen For The
Press & Hold
Horn Blast Sound
The Whistle Button
button a second time.
After
3 Seconds
For 3 Seconds
Interrupt the transformer
throttle to enter either
forward or reverse to allow the engine to begin running. ( Note: the feature
will only be activate in the first direction state you enter after triggering
the feature from the neutral position. You cannot interrupt the power twice
to enter another direction state and still have the feature active.) Once your
engine begins running, you can trigger the sounds to begin by entering
neutral.
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ACTIVATING AND TRIGGERING PASSENGER
STATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
Before PFA can be heard the feature must be activated first. Activation is
accomplished by holding down the bell button for three or more seconds as
described in the Activating and Triggering The Passenger Station Sounds
section found earlier on page 8.
Once the feature is activated, PFA will be played the next time the engine
enters the neutral position. In order for PFA to begin, power must remain
on once the engine enters the neutral position. At this point ProtoSounds
has taken over control of your engine and disabled the bell and whistle
buttons from any further operator functions. In addition, ProtoSounds has
reconfigured the way the DCRU reverse unit functions by disabling the
reverse unit state during operation of the PFA feature. This forces the
engine to leave your station in the same direction it arrived. The following
operator controlled “events” control PFA’s actions and sounds.
Event 1 (Forward) While the locomotive is running in forward (or
reverse) PFA is activated by the operator pushing and holding the bell
button down for three or more seconds. The locomotive bell begins
chiming and can be left on or turned off without disabling PFA.
Event 2 (Neutral Before Reverse) The operator now interrupts the
transformer throttle to stop the engine and put it into neutral. If the throttle
setting was at 14 volts or higher, ProtoSounds will play the sound of
squealing brakes as the engine comes to a stop.
I. Upon stopping of the engine, the operator must immediately turns
the throttle back on as the engine sits in
Put Engine In Neutral
At Low Power
neutral. If the bell was not turned off
after activating PFA, it now turns off
automatically.
Note: Failure to turn the throttle
back on within 3 seconds of leaving the
forward phase will disable PFA and
shutdown ProtoSounds. The next time you turn power back on your
engine will be in the RESET position. See page 6 for more
information.
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II. After entering neutral, ProtoSounds will immediately play an air
release sound followed approximately two seconds later by an arrival
message. The arrival message lists the
train by name and the track it arrived on
Listen For Air Release Sound
And PA Arrival Message
(the track is identified as either track 1 or
track 2, alternating each time during the
current operating session). Immediately
following the arrival message, the sound
of the trains’ doors opening can be heard,
followed by a conductor’s warning to
passengers to “watch your step.” At this
point, various randomly activated ambient train stations sounds will
begin playing and replaying as long as the engine sits in this neutral
state (Neutral Before Reverse). The sounds include passenger
footsteps as they disembark, muffled voices, baggage being moved
about, crashing sound, and whistling for a taxi. In addition, several
highlight or foreground sounds play including more conductor voices
saying “watch your step”, “have a nice day”, and “baggage to the
right”.
Event 3 (Reverse) The operator now interrupts the transformer throttle
again to enter the next reverse unit phase;
reverse. In an effort to enhance realism,
Listen For Conductor
PFA has disabled the reverse phase so that Interrupt Throttle To
To Say ...
Enter The Next Phase
it doesn’t power the motors and cause the
engine to move backward. Upon entering
reverse, PFA confirms to the operator that
it has entered the reverse state by
immediately playing the highlight sound
of the conductor’s voice saying “baggage
to the right.” This is followed by the continued ambient sounds of
passenger footsteps, muffled voices, baggage being moved about, crashing
sound and whistling for a taxi. These sounds and the conductor highlight
are randomly repeated as long as the
system remains in the “reverse” state.
Interrupt Throttle To
Enter The Next Phase
Event 4 (Neutral Before Forward)
The operator now interrupts the
transformer throttle again to enter the next
reverse unit phase; neutral before reverse.
PFA confirms to the operator that it has
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Listen For 2
Air Release Sounds
entered the neutral before forward phase by emitting two quick air release
sounds. This is followed by a public address message that the train on track
1 or 2 (whichever track number the arriving public address message stated)
is now boarding. Upon completion of the PA message, two conductor voice
highlights randomly begin playing. These conductor voices include
“Welcome Aboard” and “Tickets Please”. In addition to the two conductor
highlights, the station ambient sounds continue and still include passenger
footsteps, muffled voices, baggage being moved about, crashing sound and
whistling for a taxi. The departing public address message automatically
repeats itself every 60 seconds with the highlights and station ambient
sounds randomly occurring as long as the system remains in the “neutral
before forward” phase.
Event 5. (Forward) The operator now interrupts the transformer
throttle again to enter the next reverse unit phase; forward. PFA confirms
to the operator that it has entered the forward phase by playing a conductor
voice yelling “All Aboard!” Immediately
after playing “all aboard”, the sound of the
Interrupt Throttle To
Enter The Next Phase
doors closing is heard. Within two seconds
of the doors closing, the locomotive bell
begins chiming and the air compressor
pumps start. After approximately 7 chimes
Listen For The
Conductor To Say ...
of the bell, the engine automatically begins
moving out in the forward phase with the
bell continuing to ring another 7 chimes
before automatically turning off. Once the bell turns off the operator
regains control of the transformer whistle and bell buttons and can ring the
bell or blow the whistle as usual.
Note: When entering the forward phase of PFA, it is important to set the
transformer throttle at a high enough setting that will allow the engine to
begin moving once PFA automatically activates the motors. Otherwise, the
engine will just sit still until you increase the throttle setting on the
transformer.
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TIPS ON USING THE PFA FEATURES
PFA is a unique feature of ProtoSounds that is completely controlled by the
operator. You decide how, when or if you want to utilize the feature. By
reviewing following tips you should find solutions or suggestions to the
various operating scenarios you might encounter when using PFA.
Tip #1:
You can escape the PFA sequence by interrupting the transformer
throttle before the first PA arrival message plays in Event 2 (neutral before
reverse).
Tip #2:
You can terminate PFA at anytime by turning the transformer
throttle off for 15 seconds.
Tip #3:
You do not have to be in the forward state to utilize PFA. For
example if you activate the PFA feature while in reverse and interrupt the
throttle to enter neutral, you will be entering neutral before forward rather
than neutral before reverse as defined in Event 2 above. Consequently, the
forward phase will be rendered inactive by ProtoSounds instead of the reverse
state as explained in Event 3. This will allow your train to leave the train
station in the same reverse direction that it arrived in.
Tip #4:
You can utilize PFA even if you are double-heading with another
engine, regardless of whether it is equipped with ProtoSounds or PFA. If the
engine isn’t equipped with PFA, the only thing to remember is that you not
turn up the transformer throttle very high when entering the reverse state
found in Event 3. If the throttle is set too high, then the second locomotive
will begin vibrating on the track as its motors will be turning in the reverse
state since engines not equipped with PFA cannot disable the reverse state and
will thus continue powering their own motors. If your second engine is
equipped with PFA, it can be disabled by entering RESET function 28. See
the section on programming RESET functions on page 17 of this manual to
disable PFA.
Tip #5: It is not necessary for the squealing brake sounds to be heard to
play the PFA sounds. For example, the brake sounds won’t be heard if the
high voltage setting is below 13 volts and the power is interrupted to enter the
neutral state.
Tip #6:
You can leave any of the event states at any time after entering the
state by simply interrupting the transformer throttle. Any sound effects
programmed to play in that event will simply not occur. The only exception
is Event 2 and Event 5. In Event 2, interrupting the throttle has no affect on
PFA until after the PA arrival message has played and the doors have opened.
In Event 5, you cannot interrupt PFA until after the engine begins to move.
Interrupting the throttle before the engine begins to move has no affect on the
locomotive.
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SELF-RECHARGING BATTERY BACKUP SYSTEM
ProtoSounds® state-of-the-art design includes a self-recharging battery
backup system for improved performance at any speed. The self-recharging
battery backup system is automatically turned on or off whenever track
power is turned on or off. There are no switches to turn on or off to enjoy
the benefits of the automatic battery backup system. The battery ensures
that power to the sound system will remain on during directional changes,
setting RESET options, or when traveling over dirty track and switches.
The battery is a rechargeable NiCad type which is continually charged
from the track when power is applied. NiCad batteries are a dry battery and
should not leak or cause any damage to your locomotive and will last up to
five years or longer. If you notice that the sounds seem distorted or garbled
at low voltages or become silent when power from the transformer is shut
off, the battery may be going bad. Before replacing the battery, you should
put the engine in NEUTRAL and leave the transformer throttle at about 12
volts for fifteen minutes. This should temporarily recharge the battery. If
the garbled or distorted sounds are reduced, then your battery charge has
worn down. You can give your battery a full charge by leaving the engine
ON in NEUTRAL for 16 to 18 hours.
REPLACING THE PROTOSOUND BATTERY
The ProtoSound® battery is a special NiCad 7-cell, 8.4v battery - NOT the
6-cell, 7.2v battery found in most convenience stores. The 6-cell NiCad is
NOT recommended for use with ProtoSound® applications. Replacement
ProtoSound® batteries are available from MTH ProtoSound Electronics at
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046. A standard 9v
alkaline battery can be substituted as a temporary fix, but since alkaline
batteries can’t take a charge, it will eventually wear down. Regardless, it
should give you a week to a couple of months use while you wait for your
replacement ProtoSound® battery to arrive.
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PROTOSOUND® VOLUME ADJUSTMENT
Your ProtoSound® system has two types of volume adjustment. A
manual turn knob on the bottom of the chassis (See Fig. 4 below) allows
you to control all the sounds in the system and a remote control “RESET"
option (Option # 6), allows you to control the volume level of the engine
sounds remotely from the transformer. Turning the volume adjustment
knob clockwise will increase the volume and counterclockwise will lower
the volume of all sounds; bell, horn, engine sounds, Cab Chatter, etc.
ProtoSound
Volume Knob
Figure 4: Adjusting The ProtoSound Volume
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USING “RESET" TO PROGRAM
PROTOSOUNDS®
As mentioned earlier, there are several programmable options in each
ProtoSound-equipped engine that can be remotely set from any compatible
standard AC transformer equipped with a whistle button. For a list of
compatible transformers, see the chart on page 35. This hands-off approach
gives you unprecedented control of your railroad empire’s motive power
never before seen in model railroading. Each programmable feature can be
accessed whenever your engine is in the RESET state as described earlier
on page 4. By following the instructions below you will find the
programming easy and straight forward.
ENTERING RESET OPTIONS
ProtoSound® is equipped with a few programmable features that are
accessed in the RESET state by moving the transformer throttle up and
down between full voltage and low voltage (6 to 8 volts) without shutting
the transformer off completely. Each time this is done you advance, one
feature at a time, through the available options. An air-release sound is
heard each time the throttle is advanced. In addition, there are special
sounds to tell you what RESET position you are in.
For example, if you want to select Feature 2, you put the engine in
RESET, and move the throttle up and down from full throttle to low two
times. After the second advance, you will hear two “clinks" indicating that
the computer is now in Feature 2. Advance the throttle again and you will
hear three “clinks" for Feature 3. Advance it two more times and you will
hear a “clank" indicating
that you are now in
In RESET Mode
Advance The Throttle
Move The Throttle
Feature 5. Advance the
Up & Down From
Up & Down From
High Voltage To Low
High Voltage To Low
throttle two more times
4 More Times
2 Times
and you will hear a
“clank" and two “clinks"
Listen For 1 Clank
indicating Feature 7. ((5
Listen For The
And 1 Clink Sounds
2 Clink Sounds
throttle advancements = 1
clank) + (2 throttle
advancements = 2 clinks)). “Clank + “Clink" + “Clink" = Feature 7. You
can advance the throttle as quickly as you like (though you may not hear the
air-release sounds) and the computer will still remember the number of
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times the throttle is advanced by playing back the number of “Clinks" and
“Clanks" to confirm the feature you’ve selected.
SETTING THE ENGINE VOLUME
Of all the sounds that come with each ProtoSound-equipped locomotive,
the one most often turned down is that of the engine volume because it is
the one sound normally heard whenever the engine is running and is what
usually can become tiresome to the ear over prolonged running sessions.
The volume adjustment is controlled through RESET Feature 6.
To access the feature, advance the transformer throttle to put the engine in
RESET. Move the throttle up and down, as described on page 5, 6 times.
After you hear the “clank" and “clink" indicating that you are in Feature 6,
press the whistle button to select the engine volume level you desire.
Pushing the whistle button once will give you full volume, which is the
factory setting. Pushing the whistle button a second time will give you 50%
volume, pushing it a third time will give you 25% volume and pushing it a
fourth time will give you no engine sound. The microprocessor will
immediately play the sound level each time the whistle button is pushed so
that you can decide if it is acceptable. You can recycle through the four
choices by simply
In RESET Mode
continuing to press the
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Reach The
whistle button.
High Voltage To Low
Setting You Desire
6 Times
Once you have decided
H
on the appropriate
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 1 Clank
To “Lock-In”
volume level, turn the
And 1 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
transformer throttle off
and on again or press the
transformer direction switch to lock in your selection. The volume
adjustment will remain set at the level you have chosen until you change it
again. Regardless of the engine volume setting, the horn, bell, compressor
and Cab Chatter sounds will function normally. In fact because only the
engine volume is affected by selections in Feature 6, when you select 0
volume, you can still hear the horn, bell and Cab Chatter sounds when the
engine is running or in neutral.
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PROGRAMMING FOR A SEPARATE BELL BUTTON
CONTROLLER
To operate ProtoSounds with a
separate bell button controller,
like the Lionel® No. 5906 bell
button, you will need to wire up
Common
the controller to your
U
U
U
U
transformer and track as shown
A
B
C
D
RED Wire
in Fig. 5. Once the button is
BLACK Wire
wired, ProtoSounds comes
preprogrammed to allow you to
operate the bell by simply
Figure 5: Wiring Up A Bell Button
pushing the bell button once.
To turn the bell off, push the
button again. If the bell doesn't function when you press the button, you
may need to re-program ProtoSounds to operate with a separate bell button
controller. To do this enter RESET and go to Feature 20. (See the section
Using RESET To Program ProtoSounds® on page 17.) Once in Feature
20, press the whistle button and wait for the module to sound a bell ding(s).
Continue pushing the
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
whistle button until the
Up & Down From
Push The Whistle Button
High Voltage To Low
Until You Hear 2 Dings
module plays back two
20 Times
dings (signifying that the
module has been
H
programmed for a bell
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 5 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
button). Simply turn the
The Volume Setting
throttle off and then on
again to “Lock-In" the new setting. To reset the computer to its original
factory (default) setting (no separate bell button operation), repeat the above
procedure but keep pushing the whistle button until the computer only
responds with one bell ding.
PROGRAMMING FOR SQUEAKING BRAKE
OPERATION
ProtoSounds can be programmed for squeaking brake operation in three
different manners; (1)Squeaking brakes can be activated by bell button
control, (2)they can be programmed for continuous operation subject to
throttle changes or (3)they can be programmed to be turned off. The default
setting is (2) Squeaking brakes are activated for full-time operation as
described on page 8. To change the default setting, enter RESET and go to
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Feature 45. (See the section Using RESET To Program ProtoSounds® on
page 17). Once in Feature 45, press the whistle button and wait for the
module to sound a bell ding(s). Continue pressing the whistle button until
the module plays back one ding for option 1 - Squeaking brakes are
activated by the bell button. Press the whistle button again until the module
plays back two dings for option 2 - squeaking brakes are activated for
full-time operation, or
press the whistle button
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear The
again until the module
High Voltage To Low
Appropriate # Of Dings
45
Times
plays back three dings for
option 3 -Squeaking
H
brakes off. Once you
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 9 Clank
have decided on the
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
desired setting, simply
turn the throttle off and
then on again to “Lock-In” the new setting. To reset the computer to its
original factory default setting (option 2 - squeaking brakes are activated for
full-time operation, repeat the above procedure but keep pushing the whistle
button until the module only responds with one bell ding.
PROGRAMMING FOR HORN IN NEUTRAL
OPERATION
If you are operating your engine with a separate bell button and want to
blow your horn when your engine is in neutral, you will need to program
ProtoSounds to do so as the factory setting only allows the horn to blow in
forward or reverse. To do this, enter RESET and go to Feature 25. (See the
section Using RESET To Program ProtoSounds® on page 17.) Once in
Feature 25, press the transformer whistle button and wait for ProtoSounds
to sound a bell ding(s).
Continue pressing the whistle
In RESET Mode
button until ProtoSounds
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
sounds two bell dings
2 Bell Dings
High Voltage To Low
25 Times
(signifying that ProtoSounds
has been programmed to
H
sound the horn in neutral).
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 5 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
Turn the throttle off and then
on again to “Lock-In" your
selection. Now, whenever
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you are in neutral, you can blow the horn with the transformer whistle
button. To reset ProtoSounds to its original factory setting of no horn in
neutral, repeat the above procedure but keep pressing the whistle button in
Feature 25 until ProtoSounds only dings once instead of twice.
Note: When “Horn In Neutral" is set, the bell will only operate with a
separate bell button and the horn will not sound in neutral if the
transformer throttle setting is over 11 volts. At 11 volts or higher,
ProtoSounds may arm the coil coupler for operation whenever the whistle
button is pressed and the engine is in neutral.
TURNING OFF CAB CHATTER SOUNDS
“Cab Chatter" sounds occur in the neutral position every 2 to 30 seconds.
There are four “Chatter" messages which play at random times. This helps
to eliminate repetitive and boring messages. While the sounds are selected
to play randomly by the unit’s computer, there is no guarantee that you
won’t hear the same message repeated twice or more times. If you don’t
want to hear the Cab Chatter sounds, they can be turned off through Feature
23. To turn off the Cab Chatter sounds, enter RESET and go to Feature 23.
(See the section Using RESET To Program ProtoSounds® on Page 17.)
Once in Feature 23, press the transformer whistle button and wait for
ProtoSounds to sound a
bell ding(s). Continue
In RESET Mode
pressing the whistle button Move
The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
until ProtoSounds sounds
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
23 Times
two bell dings (signifying
that the module has been
H
programmed to turn the
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 4 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 3 Clink Sounds
Cab Chatter off). Simply
The Volume Setting
turn the transformer
throttle off and then on
again to lock in your selection. To turn the Cab Chatter sounds back on
again, repeat the above process, but keep pressing the transformer whistle
button in Feature 23 until ProtoSounds only sounds one bell ding.
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PROGRAMMING FOR PROTOCOUPLER OPERATION
ProtoSounds comes with a RESET feature that allows the operator to
remotely turn off the ProtoCoupler functions. This is especially useful
when double or triple-heading ProtoSound equipped engines since every
engine equipped with a ProtoCoupler will fire when prompted to by the
operator. By turning off the ProtoCoupler operation on certain engines, you
can fire the couplers open on the other engines without uncoupling the
engines from each other. To turn the ProtoCoupler function off, enter
RESET and go to Feature
10. (See the section on
In RESET Mode
Using RESET To Program Move
The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
ProtoSounds® on page 17.) High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
10 Times
Once in Feature 10, press
the transformer whistle
H
button and wait for
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 2 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
ProtoSound to sound a bell
ding(s). Continue pressing
the whistle button until
ProtoSounds sounds two bell dings (signifying that the ProtoCoupler option
has been turned off). Simply turn the transformer throttle off and then on
again to lock in the new setting.
PROGRAMMING FOR PFA OPERATION
ProtoSounds® is equipped with a RESET setting to turn off the Passenger
Station Sound Proto-Effects (PFA) features. This is especially useful if you
are double-heading engines that are both equipped with PFA. You may not
want to stop at a yard and have both engines playing their PFA sound
effects. To turn off PFA, enter RESET and go to Feature 28. (See the
section on Using RESET
To Program ProtoSounds®
on page 17). Once in
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Feature 28, press the
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
transformer whistle button
28 Times
and wait for ProtoSounds to
H
sound a bell ding(s).
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 5 Clank
Continue pressing the
To “Lock-In”
And 3 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
whistle button on and off
until ProtoSounds sounds
two bell dings (signifying
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that the PFA features have been turned off). Simply turn the transformer
throttle OFF and then ON again to lock in the new setting. To reset
ProtoSounds™ to its original factory setting of Squeaking Brakes and PFA
on, repeat the above procedure but keep pressing the whistle button in
Feature 28 until ProtoSounds™ only dings once instead of twice.
ACTIVATING REMOTE LOCK-OUT CONTROL
ProtoSound® equipped engines feature a RESET setting that allows the
operator to remotely “lock” the engine into forward, neutral or reverse.
This is especially useful on layouts that feature “blocked” track sections.
The lockout feature comes from the factory in the OFF position, meaning it
is not active when you first take the engine out of the box. This is done to
prevent novice operators from accidentally locking their engine into
forward, neutral or reverse and then mistakenly thinking that the engine’s
electronics have failed. To activate the Remote Lockout Control setting, go
to RESET Feature 40 (See
the section entitled Using
In RESET Mode
RESET To Program
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
ProtoSounds® on page
40 Times
17). Once in Feature 40,
press the transformer
H
whistle button and wait for
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 8 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
ProtoSounds to sound a
bell ding. Continue
pressing the whistle button
until ProtoSounds sounds two bell dings signifying that the Remote Lockout
Control has been selected. To lock in the setting, simply turn the throttle all
the way off and then back on again. To turn the Remote Lockout Control
setting back off, go back to Feature 40 and press the whistle button until
only one bell ding sounds. To lock in the setting, simply turn the
transformer throttle off and then back on again. Alternatively, you can go
to RESET Feature 18 to reset all ProtoSound features back to their original
factory defaults including Remote Lockout Control.
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RESETTING ALL PROTOSOUND® OPTIONS TO
FACTORY DEFAULTS
ProtoSounds® is equipped with a RESET feature (Feature 18) that resets
all programmable options back to their original factory settings. This is a
useful feature if you find your engine not operating the way you think it
should and don’t want to take the time to check each RESET feature one at
a time. To reset all the RESET features back to their original factory
settings, enter RESET and go
to Feature 18. (See the
In RESET Mode
section entitled Using
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
RESET To Program
High Voltage To Low
A Warbled Bell Ding
18 Times
ProtoSounds® on page 17).
Once in Feature 18, press the
H
Interrupt The Throttle
transformer whistle button
Listen For 3 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 3 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
and wait for ProtoSounds to
sound a garbled bell sound.
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REVERSE UNIT LOCK-OUT OPERATION
ProtoSound’s unique design eliminates the need for a lock-out switch on
the locomotive by allowing the customer to lock the engine into any
directional state (forward, neutral or reverse) from the transformer. This
will allow users to run the engine on layouts equipped with block signals or
stop stations which would normally cycle the engine back into neutral. The
feature must be first turned on by accessing RESET Feature 40 (See section
entitled Using RESET To Program ProtoSounds® on page 17).
LOCKING THE ENGINE INTO FORWARD OR
REVERSE
To lock the engine into Forward or Reverse, use the transformer throttle to
enter Forward or Reverse (whichever state you want to lock the engine into)
and while the engine is moving press the whistle button. WHILE THE
HORN IS BLOWING TURN THE THROTTLE OFF AND THEN LET
GO OF THE WHISTLE BUTTON. After about one second, you will hear
a short horn blast. QUICKLY TURN THE THROTTLE BACK ON
AGAIN. Your engine is now locked into Forward or Reverse and it will
remain so until you unlock the engine, even if you wait a year to run your
engine again.
UNLOCKING THE ENGINE
Unlocking the engine is a similar procedure. WHILE THE ENGINE IS
MOVING, PRESS THE WHISTLE BUTTON. WHILE THE HORN IS
BLOWING, TURN THE THROTTLE OFF AND THEN LET GO OF
THE WHISTLE BUTTON. After three seconds without power you will
hear one chime of the RESET bell. TURN ON THE POWER AGAIN. Your
engine is now in RESET and will operate normally once you interrupt
power and enter the forward direction.
LOCKING THE ENGINE INTO NEUTRAL
To lock the engine into the NEUTRAL position, PUT THE ENGINE IN
NEUTRAL AND WITH THE THROTTLE STILL ON, PRESS THE
WHISTLE BUTTON. WHILE THE WHISTLE BUTTON IS BEING
PRESSED, TURN OFF THE THROTTLE AND LET GO OF THE
WHISTLE BUTTON. After about one second, you will hear a short blast
of the horn. QUICKLY TURN THE POWER BACK ON AGAIN. Your
engine is now locked into NEUTRAL.
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NOTE: When locking the engine in the Forward or Reverse positions, the
whistle button will blow the horn. But when locking the engine into the
NEUTRAL position, the whistle button may turn on or off sounds of the bell,
coupler arming or coupler firing depending on the transformer throttle
voltage settings prior to the user’s attempt to lock out the engine.
Remember, the horn doesn't blow in NEUTRAL (unless you programmed it
to do so using Feature 25. See page 20 for details), only the bell rings or
the coupler operates in NEUTRAL. While it doesn't make any difference on
how the lockout function operates, you may hear one of the three different
NEUTRAL-activated sounds.
To unlock the engine from the NEUTRAL position, follow the process to
unlock the engine in the Forward or Reverse directions above.
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OIL & LUBRICATION INSTRUCTIONS
In order for the engine to perform correctly and quietly, it is important that
the chassis be lubricated before operation. Lubrication should include all
truck block bushings and pickup rollers to prevent them from squeaking.
L
L
L
Figure 6: Lubricating The Locomotive Chassis
Use light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L" in
Fig. 6 above.
The locomotive’s internal gearing in both power trucks has been greased at
the factory and shouldn’t need additional grease until after 50 hours of
operation or one year whichever comes first. Grease cannot be added to the
internal gearing until the body is removed from the chassis which is held in
place by six Phillips screws. The screws are located on each end of the
chassis and the two forward fuel tank screws as seen in Fig. 7 below. After
removing the screws, lift the body away from the chassis and lay the body
next to the chassis.
Next, remove the truck blocks from the chassis by unscrewing the large
Phillips motor mount screw on the bottom of each truck block (See Fig. 7).
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screws
Motor Mount Screw
Motor Mount Screw
G
Figure 7: Lubricate The Locomotive Chassis Trucks
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Once the motor mount screw has been removed, pull the motor away from
the truck block and lightly coat the motor worm gear and bronze drive gear
(in the truck block) with grease. Reassemble the truck and motor, being
careful not to pinch the pickup and ground wires between the truck block
and motor mount. Repeat the procedure for the other motor and truck and
then reassemble the chassis to the body. When reassembling the chassis and
body, be very careful that the lighting wire harnesses are not caught
between the body and chassis as this can lead to a short which may damage
the electronic circuit boards beyond repair.
In addition to the truck block internal gearing, it is a good idea to lubricate
the outside truck block “idler" and “drive" gears with grease. Use the
diagram shown in Fig. 7. above as a guide and add grease to the points
marked with a “G".
Periodically, check the locomotive wheels and pickups for dirt buildup as
this can significantly affect the engine’s ability to perform properly. Dirty
track and dirty wheels can cause both poor electrical contact as well as poor
traction, especially on elevated track sections. Finally, dirt and oil build up
can prematurely wear out the neoprene traction tires.
TRACTION TIRE REPLACEMENT
INSTRUCTIONS
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on
each power truck. While these tires are extremely durable and long-lasting
there may arise a time where they will need to be replaced. Should this
occur, you will need to remove the trucks and truck sides on the truck block
from the chassis in order to slip the new tire over the grooved drive wheel.
We suggest you follow the disassembly instructions found in the
Lubrication section on the preceding pages to dissemble the chassis and
truck blocks from the body.
Before the new tire can be installed, you must make sure the old tire has
been completely removed from the groove in the drive wheel. Use a razor
blade or small flatblade screwdriver pry away any remains left from the old
tire that may still be in the drive wheel groove. Once the old tire has been
completely removed, slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it
useful to use two small flatblade screwdrivers to assist you in stretching the
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tire over the wheel. Be careful to avoid twisting the tire when stretching it
over the wheel. If a twist occurs, the tire will have to be removed and
reinstalled or a noticeable wobble in your engine will occur when operating
the locomotive. In addition, it is important to make sure that the tire is
fully seated inside the groove. Any portion of the tire extending out of the
groove can cause the engine to wobble. A razor blade can be used to trim
away any excess tire that doesn't seat itself inside the groove properly.
Once the new tire(s) are in place, reassemble the truck sides to the truck
blocks and then reassemble the chassis to the body. Replacement tires are
available directly from MTH Electric Trains.
HEADLIGHT REPLACEMENT
Each E-8 AA locomotive contains one bayonet 18v headlight bulb that is
controlled by the track voltage. The headlight bulb simply plugs into its
lamp socket and can be easily removed should the bulbs expire. To remove
the bulbs, follow the cab removal instructions found in the lubrication
section on the preceding pages. Once the cab has been removed from the
chassis, gently twist and push the bulb to unlock it from its lamp housing.
Once unlocked, the bulb will pull out of the socket. Replacement bulbs are
available directly from MTH Electric Trains.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING PROTOSOUND®
PROBLEMS
Although ProtoSound® has been designed and engineered for ease of use,
some questions may arise during initial operation. The following table
should answer most questions. If you find that your problem can’t be
resolved with this manual, contact MTH ProtoSound Electronics (7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-381-2580) for
additional assistance.
HORN PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The horn seems distorted at low voltages.
Your battery may be undercharged or dead. Try
recharging the battery as explained in the battery
sections.
When I press the whistle button, the bell comes on
instead.
You are trying to operate the horn in neutral. The horn
will only operate in Forward or Reverse unless you
program ProtoSounds through Feature 25. See the
instructions in the section entitled “Using RESET to
Program ProtoSounds”.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I press the whistle
button.
You may be pressing the whistle button too quickly.
Most older AC transformers contain a two--step whistle
button that releases a DC signal onto the track. It is
this DC signal that tells the horn to blow. However,
because the signal is weaker when the whistle button
is depressed fully, the ProtoSound circuit may not
recognize the signal. Try pressing the whistle button
slower, taking approximately 1 second to fully depress
the button.
BELL PROBLEMS
REMEDY
When I press the whistle button to activate the bell, the
horn sounds.
You are trying to ring the bell in Forward or Reverse.
The bell only operates in Neutral unless you have
programmed ProtoSounds to recognize a separate bell
button.
When I press the whistle button to activate the bell, I
arm the coupler.
Reduce the voltage on the transformer before pressing
the whistle button to activate the bell. The bell will only
come on at 8 volts or less.
When I press the whistle button to activate the bell, the
bell only rings once.
You are trying to ring the bell in RESET instead of
neutral. Interrupt the power twice to enter Neutral, set
the voltage at 8 volts or less and press the whistle
button to activate the bell.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I press the whistle
button.
You may be pressing the whistle button too quickly.
See the 3rd remedy in the horn section above.
The bell won’t work with a separate bell button.
ProtoSounds must be programmed in order for a
separate bell button to function. Enter RESET function
number 20 (see the section entitled “Using RESET to
Program ProtoSounds”) and press the whistle button
until the bell sounds two dings. Simply turn the throttle
off and then on again to lock in the new setting.
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COUPLER PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The ProtoCoupler won’t let the engine uncouple on the
“Fly”.
The power required to fire the coupler open when the
engine is on the “Fly” may be greater than the
ProtoSound system is capable of providing. As a
result, you may experience times when the coupler
won’t fire open. Unfortunately, the only solution is to
stop the engine and fire the coupler in Neutral. If that
doesn’t resolve the problem, try lubricating the coupler
knuckle and rivet as explained in the ProtoCoupler
Operation section.
I can’t get the coupler to arm or fire open when I press
the whistle button.
You may be pressing the whistle button too quickly.
See the third remedy in the horn section above.
Another possibility is that ProtoSounds has been
programmed to turn the coupler function off. See the
section entitled “Using RESET to Program
ProtoSounds”
Only one coupler will function when I press the whistle
button.
Only one coupler can operate at any one time. Use
the coupler selection switch on the bottom of the
chassis to choose which coupler you want active.
DIESEL START/CAB CHATTER
REMEDY
Sometimes the diesel start sounds don’t occur when I
first turn power on.
Occasionally the diesel engine start up sounds may
not occur when power is turned back on within 5
seconds of being shut off. Wait 10 -- 15 seconds
before repowering.
Sometimes the Cab Chatter sounds don’t play.
The Cab Chatter sounds only play in neutral and
ProtoSounds may be programmed to turn the sounds
off. See the section entitled “Using RESET to
Program ProtoSounds”
LOCKOUT PROBLEMS
REMEDY
I can’t get the engine to run after I power up the
transformer. It sits still with the diesel compressor
sounds running.
The engine is locked out into the Neutral position.
Follow the unlocking procedures in the Lockout
Section.
The engine won’t lock out into Forward, Neutral or
Reverse even after the short horn blast sounds.
You are waiting too long to turn the throttle back on
after the short horn blast sounds. The power must be
turned back on immediately after the short horn blast
sounds or the engine will go back into RESET. See
the lockout procedure in the Lockout Section.
VOLUME PROBLEMS
REMEDY
When I try to run the engine, the diesel volume is OFF
or very low.
The diesel volume has been programmed at a reduced
volume or to be silent. Go to RESET Feature 6 and
adjust the volume. See the section entitled “Using
RESET to Program ProtoSounds” for more
information.
When I try to set the diesel volume, it resets itself to
the original volume after I selected the new volume.
You are trying to set the volume with a poorly charged
or dead backup battery. See the section on Battery
Backup for more information.
When I try to set the Diesel Volume to O Volume, I still
hear the cab chatter sounds.
When the diesel volume is set to O, you will hear the
Cab Chatter sounds because setting the diesel volume
only controls the sound of the diesel engine itself. All
other sounds, including Cab Chatter, the horn and bell
will continue to play at the volume level set by the
manual volume control knob located on the bottom of
the chassis. See the section entitled “ProtoSound
Volume Adjustment” for more information.
The sounds seem distorted, especially when the
whistle or bell is activated.
The overall ProtoSound volume has been set to high
creating the distorted sounds. Try turning the volume
control knob located on the bottom of the chassis
counter clockwise to reduce the overall volume level.
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BATTERY PROBLEMS
REMEDY
I get no sounds when the engine shifts between the
direction states.
The battery may be dead or needs charging. See the
Battery Backup section for more information.
After I turn off my transformer, my engine continues to
make sounds before quitting with a ding of its bell.
ProtoSounds continues to sound for approximately 10
seconds after power to the track has been shut off.
The sounds distort at low voltages.
The battery is insufficiently charged or dead. Follow
the recharging instructions found in the section entitled
“Self Recharging Battery Backup System”.
A repeating horn blast occurs after the power has
been shut down.
The battery is insufficiently charged or dead. Follow
the recharging instructions found in the section entitled
“Self Recharging Battery Backup System”.
RESET PROBLEMS
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. When power to the track is
first turned on, ProtoSounds enters a “RESET” phase
at which time the engine undergoes a system check.
Power must be interrupted to get the engine into the
Forward Phase. See the section entitled “DCRU
Reverse Unit Operation” for more information.
Whenever I interrupt the power from RESET to enter
Forward, the engine goes back into RESET instead of
Forward. I know this occurs because the bell dings
twice.
Whenever ProtoSounds enters RESET after power
has been off for more than 15 seconds, the
microprocessor initiates a system check to determine
that everything is in working order. This system check
requires 2.2 seconds to complete during which time
the engine will play the diesel startup sounds. We
recommend that you don’t interrupt the power in
RESET until the diesel startup sounds have
completed. This will guarantee that the system check
will have been completed since the startup sounds
take longer than 2.2 seconds to play. If the problem
persists, we recommend that you operate the throttle
with a slower movement as you interrupt the power in
RESET and enter the Forward Phase
BRAKE SOUND PROBLEMS
REMEDY
When the transformer is throttled down, the sounds
won’t play.
The brake features has not been activated. See the
section on activating the brake feature for more
information.The throttle voltage setting on the
transformer is either not starting high enough or
ending low enough to trigger the brakes sounds. Try
increasing the throttle setting to 14 volts or higher
before throttling down to 8 volts or less.
The brake sounds continue to play even after the
engine stops.
The brake feature sound record lasts for three
seconds. With practice you can control how quickly
you should stop the engine to keep it in sequence with
the sound of the brake’s squeaking.
The brake feature was activated in neutral after the
engine was running in forward, but the brake sounds
would not play when triggered after the engine went
back into forward or reverse.
The brake feature will only remain enabled if it is
triggered in the first direction state you enter after
activating the feature in neutral. You cannot interrupt
the power twice to enter another direction state and
still have the brake feature active. Therefore, in order
to make the brake sound feature operate in forward,
you must first activate the feature in the neutral
position that occurs after the engine was in the reverse
state.
After triggering the brake sound and stopping the
engine in neutral, the engine begins making passenger
station sound effects.
After you trigger the brake sounds, you cannot stop
the engine in neutral and leave the track power on
without activating the passenger station sounds. If you
don’t want to hear the passenger station sounds after
entering neutral, turn the power off for three seconds
to disable the passenger station sound effects.
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PFA PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The PFA feature does not begin even after stopping
the engine and hearing the brake sounds.
The power was not turned back on once the engine
enter the neutral state thus disabling PFA. The
transformer throttle was interrupted too quickly in
neutral thus disabling PFA. Leave the throttle on in
neutral until after the PFA arrival message plays.
The PFA sound effects occasionally repeat
themselves.
ProtoSounds has a built--in random number generator
that randomly selects each sound clip to play.
Because there are only a total of 8 sound clips
available in each PFA event, it is probable that a
sound can occasionally be repeated one or more
times.
Once in PFA, the engine never goes in reverse.
So that the passenger station sound effects and
operation is as realistic as possible, ProtoSounds
disables the reverse unit state whenever PFA is
enabled. This way the engine never goes into reverse
as the operator cycles through the various PFA
events.
When the engine enters PFA event 5, the bell
automatically comes on.
PFA has a built--in command to turn on the bell when
the system enters Event 5. After approximately 15
rings of the bell, it automatically will turn off.
Whenever PFA is enabled, pressing the whistle and
bell buttons has no affect.
Because PFA must control various effects in each PFA
event, the bell and whistle functions are disabled until
either the PFA events have been completed, or the
engine is shut down for 3 or more seconds.
I can’t get PFA to begin when the engine is stopped in
the neutral position.
It is possible that PFA was never enabled or has been
disabled. Try reactivating the feature by holding down
the bell button for three or more seconds.
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PROTOSOUND RESET FEATURE CHART
The following chart lists the available features found in your ProtoSound
equipped locomotive. The default settings for each feature as well as the
operation sequence of the feature are listed in separate columns. You can
reset all features to their original factory settings by accessing Feature 18 in
RESET and press and hold the transformer whistle button until you hear a
soft, warbled bell sound.
RESET #
OPERATION
DEFAULT
CLANKS/CLINKS
6
Engine Volume
Full Volume
1 Clank/5 Clinks
10
Coupler ON/OFF
Coupler ON
2 Clanks/0 Clinks
18
Reset Default Settings
20
Remote Bell Button
Bell Button Active
4 Clanks/0 Clinks
23
Cab Chatter
Cab Chatter ON
4 Clanks/3 Clinks
25
Whistle In Neutral
Whistle In Neutral OFF
5 Clanks/0 Clinks
27
Chuff Rate
Full Chuff Range
5 Clanks/2 Clinks
28
Brake/PFA Enabled
Brake/PFA ON
5 Clanks/3 Clinks
40
Lockout Enabled
Lockout OFF
8 Clanks/0 Clinks
45
Squeaking Brakes
Brakes Always ON
9 Clanks/0 Clinks
3 Clanks/3 Clinks
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TRANSFORMER WIRING CHART
ProtoSounds® is designed to work with any standard AC transformer that
uses a “Pure Sine-Wave" format. The chart below lists the many Lionel®
compatible transformers, such as the Lionel KW or ZW models. In
addition, the chart details how the terminals on these compatible
transformers should be attached to your layout. The Trainmaster system
from Lionel® (marked with an asterisk below) will not function correctly
with ProtoSounds without disrupting the sound effects. Therefore,
whenever ProtoSounds senses that the Trainmaster system is being used, it
automatically disables ProtoSound’s sound effects. The operator retains
control over the engine, but no sound effects will play.
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
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
Cab-1/Powerma
ster
A
U
0-18v
135V.A.
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
MRC Tech II
Left Terminal
2nd From Left
0-15v*
40V.A.
Electronic
Lionel MW (not
recommended)
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v*
50V.A.
Electronic
R.O.W.
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-24v
384-Watt
Standard
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 or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
MTH Z4000
Red
Black
5-21v
400-Watt
Standard
*ProtoSounds needs over 14 volts of power to work properly. Overloading or using in-line
accessories with this transformer may lower the peak voltage below ProtoSound’s
requirements.
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O-31 OPERATION
While the RailKing E-8 AA diesel set is more than capable of operating on
O-31 curves and switches, you may find that certain light freight cars are
prone to derailing when being pulled or pushed by the RailKing E-8 AA
through O-31 switches. Should this occur, we suggest adding weight to the
cars making them heavier and less likely to derail.
EXPLODED PARTS LIST
The following parts list references the parts identified on the drawings
shown over the next few pages. Replacement parts can be obtained directly
from MTH Electric Trains, 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD
21046.
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E 8 Lead Unit
A U n i t ( l e a d )
P a r t s
Name and Number
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52.)
SHELL ( NYC, # 4084 )
SHELL ( NYC, # 4045 )
SHELL ( S.P., # 6018 )
SHELL ( S.P., # 6046 )
Diaphram
Portal lens
Air horns
Headlight lens
Mars light lens ( S.P. only )
Windows
Socket
Screw
Bulb
Screw
Volume pot
Bracket ( volume pot )
Washer
Nut
Screw
Screw
Heat sink
( 3.0X20.0X10.0mm )
Bracket ( battery )( plastic )
Battery
Battery leads
Proto-sound board ( top )
Proto-sound chip
Proto-sound board (bottom)
Bracket (Proto-sound board)
Insulator
Screw
Insulator washer
Screw
Chassis ( powered A unit )
Screw
Motor mount
Motor
Screw
Switch ( large )
Rubber band
Wire harness
Screw
T-bar
Coupler ( non-operating )
Spring
Washer
E-clip
Wire strap ( metal )
Screw
Screw
Screw
Insulator ( pick-up )( top )
Truck side
( black )( right rear/left front )
Truck side
( black )( left rear/right front )
Bracket ( speaker )
Speaker
( Star, PR-05004-08, 8W, 0.2W )
Part #
FC-2200057
FC-2200058
FC-2200059
FC-2200060
FI-0000017
FA-2260001
FC-2200061
FA-2230009
FA-2230014
FA-2230008
CH-0000005
IA-0000022
CG-0000002
IA-0000037
BI-0000028
IH-0000023
ID-0000034
IC-0000007
IA-0000111
IA-000 0117
AI-0000017
IH-0000042
BG-4000001
BC-4000009
AE-4500001
N/A
AD-4500001
IH-0000072
ID-0000024
IA-0000012
ID-0000025
IA-0000003
DH-2200019
IA-0000001
BI-0000029
BE-0000027
IA-0000058
BB-0000006
BI-4500004
BC-0000016
IA-0000092
IG-0000001
DD-4000005
IE-0000022
ID-0000026
IF-0000002
IH-0000012
IA-0000016
IA-0000114
IA-0000003
BD-0000026
DB-2200005
Name and Number
53.)
54.)
55.)
56.)
57.)
58.)
59.)
60.)
61.)
62.)
Fuel tank ( black )
Screw
Traction tire
Truck ( powered )( 3 axle )
Nut
Insulator (pick-up)(bottom)
Pick-up
Screw
Pilot ( black )
Proto-coupler
Part #
FC-2200062
IA-0000114
DE-0000018
DA-2050009
IC-0000008
BD-0000006
BD-0000013
IA-0000017
DG-2230006
DD-0000004
Horn Only Parts
11.) Screw
( DCRU bracket mounting screw )
17.) Screw
( DCRU mounting screw )
22.) Board ( horn )
24.) Board ( DCRU )
25.) Bracket
( DCRU )( U-shaped )( plastic )
63.) Coupler
64.) Coupler armature
*Requires Exchange
DB-2200006
IH-000 0036
BF-4500008
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IA-0000037
IA-0000026
AF-4500004
AC-0000001
IH-0000039
DD-0000003
DD-0000022
E8 Lead Unit
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E 8 Trailing Unit
A U n i t ( t r a i l i n g )
Parts
Name and Number
1.)
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SHELL ( NYC, # 4084 )
SHELL ( NYC, # 4045 )
SHELL ( S.P., # 6018 )
SHELL ( S.P., # 6046 )
Diaphram
Portal lens
Air horns
Headlight lens
Mars light lens ( S.P. only )
Windows
Screw
Socket
Bulb
Washer
Wire strap ( metal )
Spring
Bolt
Screw
Wire harness
Chassis
( non-powered A unit )
Screw
Fuel tank ( black )
Coupler ( non-operating )
Centering spring
Screw
Screw
Wire harness
Truck side
( black )( right rear/left front )
Truck side
( black )( left rear/right front )
Truck ( non-powered )
( 3 axle )( for screw base coupler )
Nut
Insulator (pick-up)(bottom)
Pick-up
Screw
Screw
Insulator ( pick-up )( top )
Screw
Pilot ( black )
T-bar
Proto-coupler
Spring
Washer
E-clip
Truck ( non-powered )
( 3 axle )( for t-bar coupler )
Part #
FC-2200057
FC-2200058
FC-2200059
FC-2200060
FI-0000017
FA-2260001
FC-2200061
FA-2230009
FA-2230014
FA-2230008
IA-0000022
CH-0000005
CG-0000002
ID-0000057
IH-0000012
IE-0000029
IA-0000105
IA-0000114
BC-0000017
DH-2200020
IA-0000092
FC-2200062
DD-4000008
IE-0000027
IA-0000091
IA-0000058
BC-0000018
DB-2200005
DB-2200006
DA-2000004
IC-0000008
BD-0000006
BD-0000013
IA-0000016
IA-0000003
BD-0000026
IA-0000017
DG-2230006
IG-0000001
DD-0000004
IE-0000022
ID-0000026
IF-0000002
DA-2000005
Horn Only Parts
42.) Coupler
43.) Coupler armature
DD-0000003
DD-0000022
*Requires Exchange
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SERVICE & WARRANTY INFORMATION
HOW TO GET SERVICE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
For warranty repair, do not return your product to the place of purchase unless it was
purchased from Mike’s Train House in Columbia, MD. Instead, follow the instructions below
to obtain warranty service as our dealer network is not prepared to service the product under
the terms of this warranty.
1. First, write, call or FAX MTH Electric Trains, 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia,
MD 21046, 410-381-2580 (FAX No. 410-381-6122), stating when it was purchased and what
seems to be the problem. You will be given a return authorization number to assure that your
merchandise will be properly handled upon its receipt.
2. CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its
foam and plastic wrapping material so as to prevent damage to the merchandise. The shipment
must be prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter, including your name,
address, daytime phone number, Return Authorization number, a copy of your sales receipt
and a full description of the problem, must be included to facilitate the repairs. Please include
the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with one of our service
technicians when contacting MTH for your Return Authorization number.
3. Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any
merchandise for service.
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
This item is warranted for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship. We will repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for
parts or labor, if the item is returned to the address below within one year of the original date
of purchase. This warranty does not cover items that have been abused or damaged by careless
handling. Wear parts such as, light bulbs, pick up rollers or traction tires are also not covered
under this warranty. Transportation costs incurred by the customer are not covered under this
warranty.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary from
state to state.
ProtoSounds® is a trademark of MTH Electric Trains. DCRU® is a registered copyright of
QS Industries, Inc. Lionel® and Railsound® are registered trademarks of Lionel L.L.C.
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