MTH Electric Trains PREMIER GP 7/9 Operating instructions

MTH Electric Trains PREMIER GP 7/9 Operating instructions
ELECTRIC
TRAINS
PREMIER GP 7/9 DIESEL ENGINE
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Thank you for purchasing the Premier® production of General Motors’ GP
7/9 diesel engine. The engine’s durable ABS body and die-cast trucks are
traditionally sized for operation on most O-31 Gauge track. The engine
should operate for years with most compatible AC transformers (see the
chart on page 31 for a list of compatible transformers) and is completely
compatible with most 3-rail locomotives, rolling stock and accessories.
The locomotive is equipped with Proto sound® 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 Instructionsfound 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
Proto sound® models and are marked as such. Features not marked as
Proto sound® features are available in all models.
Table Of Contents
QUICK START - BASIC OPERATION
PROTO SOUNDS®OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Proto sound® ECRU® Reverse Unit Operation(All 3-Rail Models)
Horn Operation
Bell Operation
ProtoCoupler™ Operation
Squeaking Brake Sounds
Tips On Using Squeaking Brakes
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)
Tips On Using The Freight Yard Sounds
Self-Charging Battery Backup System
Replacing The Battery
Proto sound® Volume Adjustment
OPERATING AND PROGRAMMING PROTO-SOUND® FEATURES
Entering RESET Options
Setting The Engine Volume
Programming For Squeaking Brake Operation
Programming For Horn In Neutral Operation
Programming For ProtoCoupler™ Operation
Programming For FYS Operation
Resetting All Proto sound® Options To Factory Defaults
Programming For Cab Chatter Sounds
OIL & LUBRICATION INSTRUCTIONS
TRACTION TIRE REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS
LIGHT BULB REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT
TROUBLE SHOOTING PROTO SOUND™ PROBLEMS
Proto sound® RESET Feature Chart
Transformer Wiring Chart
EXPLODED VIEWS AND PARTS LIST
O-31 OPERATION
SERVICE AND WARRANTY INFORMATION
HOW TO GET SERVICE
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
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QUICK START - BASIC OPERATION
The GP 7/9 contains state-of-the art electronics with several built-in
automatic features for incredibly realistic operation. Despite these advanced
features, the GP 7/9 is easy to operate with any compatible standard AC
transformer (see the compatibility chart on page 31).
All models are controlled by a Proto sound® ECRU® 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).
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
DCRU® Electronic Reverse Unit
transformer can be advanced. You
Lockout Switch
will see that only the engine’s lights
Figure 1: Proto sound® ECRU® Lockout Switch
come on and that only two dings of
the Proto sound® bell occur
followed by the diesel start-up
sounds (on Proto sound® equipped 3-rail models). The engine does not
run. This is known as the RESET
state and is explained in more
Neutral
detail beginning on Page 4. The
Proto sound® ECRU® will not
Forward
RESET
Reverse
power the motors until the throttle
Neutral
is turned OFF and then ON again.
Figure 2: ECRU™ Cycle Phases
At this point, the engine will now
function just like any other
electronic or mechanical E-unit. On Proto sound® 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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PROTO SOUNDS® OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
The MTH Proto sound® 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:
1.
∗ Built-In Proto-sound® DCRU® Reverse Unit * Authentic Diesel Engine Horn
Sound * Authentic Diesel Engine Bell Sound * Squeaking Brake Sound * Freight
Yard 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 * Authentic Diesel Engine Start Up & Shut Down Sounds *
Random Selection of Four “Cab Chatter" Radio Transmission Sound Clips *
Each feature is described among the following pages. Though the system
is easy to use, we encourage you to read the instructions thoroughly.
Proto sound® DCRU® REVERSE UNIT
As mentioned in the Basic Operating section, the engine is controlled by a
Proto sound® 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 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 system,
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transformer and engine are operating correctly. This takes approximately 5
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 5
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 GP 7/9 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 GP 7/9 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, like the Lionel® Railsounds® No. 5906 Bell Button, by simply
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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.
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 GP 7/9 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
ProtoSounds® 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
See The Coupler Open
And Listen For The
Cha-Chusshh Sound
Listen For The
Ca-Clunk Sound
H
H
Press & Release
The Whistle Button
Press & Release
The Whistle Button
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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
Lubricate Coupler Rivet
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
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 ProtoCouplers™ will
function at any one time. Use the coupler direction switch as shown in Fig.
5 on page 16 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
Users will find the squeaking brake 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. However, you may find that
your engine continues to play the brake sounds once your engine comes to a
stop, or that the sounds stop 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.
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Operating Proto-Sound Freight Yard Sound
Effects
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)
Proto-Sound® is equipped with operator controlled Freight Yard Sounds,
referred to as FYS. The FYS sequence is designed to simulate the arrival,
unloading, loading and departure of a freight train in a freight yard. This
easy-to-use feature allows you to play digitally recorded sounds of freight
yard operations while your engine is parked in the Neutral State. No
additional wires or modifications are needed to enjoy these amazing sound
effects. The sounds themselves are randomly “shuffled” by the
Proto-Sound® computer. This gives the system the ability to play the
various sounds in a different order each time FYS is enabled.
Quick Overview- FYS Sounds
The following is a quick over view on how you can operate FYS.
The train on track moving Forward or Reverse direction.
B
B
Press and Hold Bell Button For 3+
Seconds, Listen For a Horn Blast or
Air Release, then Remove your Finger
from the Button.
Press Bell Button Again Quickly to
Stop Bell Chime.
Your train is now ready for you to play the FYS.
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Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
To Play FYS, Stop Train Direction.
This Can Be Done by Pressing the
DIRECTION Button or Cycling the
Transformer Handle.
At This Time the Train Will Stop in
Neutral.
In a Few Seconds, A Man Whistling
Plays, Followed by a Background
Noise.
STOP
Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
Change/Press Direction- The Train Will
Remain In Neutral. It Will Continue to
Play More Background Noises.
Change/Press Direction- The Train Will Remain
In Neutral. You Will Hear a Double Air Release,
A Man Whistling Plays, More Background
Noises.
Bell
d
OR
Horn
Whistle
Direction
Change/Press Direction- The Train Will Remain In
Neutral. You Will Hear Closing Doors, Horn Blast,
a Few Bell Chimes and Engine Departs in the
Direction the Engine First Stopped.
GO
For more detailed FYS instructions, read the following.
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Activating Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) - Detailed Instructions
Arming The Freight Yard Sounds Feature
Before the Passenger
Station sounds can be
heard, the feature must
be activated. The
feature can be activated
in one of two ways
Put Engine In Neutral,
Forward or Reverse
Listen For The
Start Of The Bell Sound
Press & Hold
The Railsounds® Bell Button
For 3 Seconds
Listen For The
Air Release Sound
After 3 Seconds
Option 1: If you are using the Z-750™ transformer, or any transformer
with a separate bell button controller, you can activate the feature by simply
pressing and holding the bell button for at least three seconds (it does not
matter if you are in
Listen For The
Put Engine In Neutral
Start Of The Bell Sound
At Low Power
forward, neutral or reverse).
You will hear the bell turn
on and, after three seconds,
H
you should hear a short
Listen For The
Press & Hold
whistle blast or air release.
Air Release Sound
The Whistle Button
After 3 Seconds
For 3 Seconds
Once the whistle blast or air
release is heard, the bell
button can be released. The bell will continue to chime, so if you want to
turn off the bell ringing, simply press and release the bell button. If you
were in neutral, interrupt the transformer throttle to enter the next
directional state (either forward or reverse). (Note: the FYS will only play
in the first Neutral after it is armed. You cannot interrupt the power twice
to enter another direction and still have the FYS active.) You can now
trigger the sounds to begin playing when you next enter Neutral.
Option 2: If you do not have a separate bell button available, you can
activate the FYS using your transformer’s whistle button control. To arm
the FYS, turn on the transformer throttle and cycle your engine into Neutral
(not RESET). Once in neutral, set the transformer throttle to 8 volts or less
and press and hold the whistle button for at least three seconds. You will
hear the bell turn on and, after three seconds, you should hear a short
whistle blast. Once the whistle blast or air release is heard, the whistle
button can be released. The bell will continue to chime, so it you want to
turn off the bell ringing, simply press and release the whistle button.
Interrupt the transformer throttle to enter the next directional state (either
forward or reverse). (Note: the FYS will only play in the first Neutral after
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it is armed. You cannot interrupt the power twice to enter another
direction and still have the FYS active.) You can now trigger the sounds to
begin playing when you next enter Neutral.
Triggering Freight Yard Sounds
Once the FYS feature has been activated, it will be played the next time the
engine enters neutral. At this point, Proto-Sound® will take over control of
your engine, disabling the bell and whistle button. In addition,
Proto-Sound® reconfigures the
Put Engine In Neutral
Listen For Air Release Sound
At Low Power
way the reverse unit functions
And Cab Chatter Message
during the operation of the FYS
feature. This forces the engine
to leave your freight yard in the
same direction as it arrived. The
following operator controlled
“Events” control the FYS’s
actions and sounds. (Note: The direction states shown assume the FYS is
entered from forward. If entering the freight yard in reverse, the
direction states shown will be reversed.)
Event 1: Interrupt the transformer throttle to cycle the engine from forward
into neutral. If the throttle was at 14 volts or higher, the squeaking brakes
sound will play. Once the engine is stopped, the throttle must be turned on
to keep it in the neutral state. Note: Failure to turn the throttle back on
within 3 seconds of leaving forward will disable FYS and shutdown
Proto-Sound®. The next time power is turned on, the engine will be in
the RESET position. See page 18 for additional information on RESET.
If the bell was not turned off after arming
FYS, it is now turned off automatically.
Interrupt Throttle To
Listen For Engine
After entering neutral, Proto-Sound will
Enter The Next Phase
Rumbling Sound
immediately play a horn blast or an air
release sound, followed approximately 2
seconds later by a man whistling and a
freight car door sliding open. At this point,
various freight yard sounds can be heard,
including loading and unloading
operations, engine sounds, yardman
“slang,” and additional freight car door sounds.
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Event 2: Interrupt the transformer throttle
again to cycle the engine from neutral into
Throttle To
reverse. In order to have the engine leave the Interrupt
Enter The Next Phase
yard in the same direction it entered
Proto-Sound® disables the motors in this
reverse state to prevent the engine from
Listen For The Sound
running backwards. FYS confirms reverse is
Of Box Door Closing
entered by playing a sound highlight best
described as a rumbling sound. You may
have to go through the entire FYS sequence
several times before you clearly identify this sound. After the rumbling
highlight is played, the freight yard sounds heard in Event 1 will continue to
play.
Event 3: Interrupt the transformer throttle again to cycle the engine from
reverse back to neutral. FYS confirms that the engine is now in neutral by
sounding two quick air releases. This is followed approximately two
seconds later by a man whistling and continued freight yard loading and
unloading sounds.
Event 4: Interrupt the transformer throttle again to complete the FYS
feature and cycle the engine into forward. FYS confirms it has entered
forward by playing the sound of the freight car door closing. Within two
seconds, the whistle will sound two short blasts (three if entering reverse),
and the bell will begin to chime. After a few chimes of the bell, the engine
will begin moving in forward with the bell continuing to ring. A few
seconds later, the bell will turn off, and the
engine will resume normal operation.
Interrupt Throttle To
Enter The Next Phase
Note: When entering Event 4, it is
important to set the transformer throttle at
a high enough setting that the engine will
begin to move when the motors are
Listen For 2
activated. However, the throttle should
Air Release Sounds
not be too high for the engine to maintain
a safe operating speed.
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TIPS ON USING FYS FEATURES
FYS is a unique feature of Proto-Sound® that is completely controlled by the
operator. You decide how, when or if you want to utilize the feature. By
reviewing the following tips, you should find solutions or suggestions to the
various operating scenarios you might encounter when using FYS.
Tip #1: You can escape the FYS sequence by interrupting the transformer
throttle before the man’s whistle plays in Stage 1 (neutral).
Tip #2: You can exit FYS at anytime by turning the transformer throttle Off
for 15 seconds.
Tip #3: You do not have to be in Forward to utilize FYS. For example, if you
activate the FYS feature while in Reverse your train to leave the station/yard in
the same reverse direction that it arrived in.
Tip #4: You can use FYS even if you are double-heading with another engine
regardless of whether the second engine is equipped with an FYS programmed
Proto-Sound® module. If the second engine isn’t equipped with FYS, the only
thing to remember is not to turn up the transformer throttle very high when
entering Reverse in Stage 2. If the throttle is set too high, then the second
locomotive will begin vibrating on the track as its motors will be turning in
reverse. If your second engine is equipped with FYS, you may want to disable
the FYS when used in double-headed operations. To disable FYS, see the
section on programming RESET functions on page 18 of this manual.
Tip #5: You can leave any of the event stages at any time by simply
interrupting the transformer throttle. Any sound effects programmed to play in
that event will simply not occur. The only exceptions are Event 1 and Event 4.
In Event 1, interrupting the throttle has no effect on FYS until after the man’s
whistle has completed and the freight car doors have opened. In Event 4, you
cannot interrupt FYS until after the engine begins to move. Interrupting the
throttle before the engine begins to move has no effect on the locomotive’s
operation.
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SELF-CHARGING BATTERY BACKUP SYSTEM
Proto-Sound® includes a self-charging battery backup system for
improved performance at any speed. The battery ensures that power to the
sound system will remain on during directional changes, while setting
RESET options or when traveling over spots of dirty track and switches.
The self-recharging battery backup system is automatically turned on or off.
There no switches needed to enjoy the benefits of the automatic battery
backup system.
Proto-Sound® contains a warning alarm if the battery backup system fails
to automatically disengage when track power is turned off. Should the
backup system fail, you will hear a repeating whistle blast indicating that
this has occurred. Should this happen, unplug the battery from the
Proto-Sound® module (to prevent the battery from being run down) and
contact MTH for instructions on returning the train for repair.
REPLACING THE PROTOSOUND® BATTERY
The Proto-Sound® battery (located in the tender body), is a special NiCad
7-cell, 8.4v battery -NOT the 6-cell, 7.2v battery found in most convenience
stores. The battery is continually charged from the track when power is
applied above 11 volts. Should last for up to five years. In addition, the
NiCad battery is a dry battery and should not leak or cause any damage to
your locomotive during its lifetime. The 6-cell NiCad is NOT
recommended for use with Proto-Sound® applications.
If you notice that the sounds seem distorted or garbled at low voltages or
become immediately silent when power from the transformer is shut off, the
battery may be failing. Before replacing the battery, you should put the
engine in NEUTRAL and leave the transformer throttle set at about 12 volts
for 15 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 the
NEUTRAL position for 6 hours.
Note: When charging the battery in neutral, if your trains contains a
Smoke Unit should be turned OFF to prevent damage to the wick and the
heating elements.
If you need to replace the battery, they are available from MTH
Proto-Sound® Electronics at 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia,
MD 21046-1532. 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.
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PROTOSOUND® VOLUME ADJUSTMENT
Your Proto-Sound® system has two types of volume adjustment. A
manual turn knob on the bottom of the chassis (See Fig. 13 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
chuff sounds remotely from the transformer. Turning the volume
adjustment knob one direction will increase the volume. Turning it the
opposite direction will lower the volume of all sounds: bell, whistle, and
enhanced neutral sounds. For information on operating the RESET volume
adjustment option, see the section entitled “Programming Proto-Sound®
RESET Options” on the following pages.
Proto-Sound®
Volume Control
Figure 4: Adjusting The ProtoSound Volume and selecting the
ProtoCoupler™
Proto-Coupler Selection Switch
Figure 5: Proto-Coupler Selection Switch
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Operating & Programming Proto-Sound®
Programmable Features
As mentioned in the Basic Operating section, the engine is controlled by an
electronic DCRU® reverse unit that contains the standard
forward-neutral-reverse states found on most reverse units. However, when
power is first applied to the track, the reverse unit begins in RESET, similar
to 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 Proto-Sound®
its unique, remote controlled functions.
Proto-Sound® is equipped with a microprocessor that allows the user to
utilize several remotely activated functions. In the simplest terms,
Proto-Sound® has its own “Computer" controlling these functions.
In order to access many of these remotely controlled functions, the unit
must be in the RESET state. RESET is entered anytime power to the
locomotive has been off for more than 3 seconds. When the engine first
enters RESET, the microprocessor initiates a system check to determine if
the system, transformer and engine are operating correctly. This takes
approximately 5 seconds during which you will hear the engine’s startup
sounds begin. In order for Proto-Sound® to properly initiate the system
check, do not advance the transformer throttle past 10 volts when you first
enter RESET, wait for the startup sounds to play, then slowly turn the
transformer throttle to the off position and back on again to enter forward.
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.
Proto-Sound® comes with several programmable functions, including
remote Steam Chuff Volume Adjustment, Whistle In Neutral Operation,
ProtoCoupler® On/Off Control, Squeaking Brakes and Freight Yard Sound
Proto-Effects™. Each of these features is described in more detail in the
following sections. When in RESET, your engine will not respond as
normal to the horn/whistle or bell button. In fact, when in RESET only one
single bell chime will be heard each time the horn/whistle button is
pressed. If you don’t want to change your locomotives settings using any of
the programmable features, simply leave RESET (waiting 5 seconds before
interrupting the power) and put the engine into forward. Remember though,
that once power is turned off for more than 3 seconds, the next time power
is applied to the track, your engine will be back in RESET.
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USING RESET TO PROGRAM PROTO-SOUND®
Proto-Sound® is equipped with several programmable features which are
accessed in the RESET state by moving the transformer throttle up and
down between full voltage and low voltage (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 and returned. In addition, there are
special sounds to tell you what RESET position you are in.
For example, if you want to select Feature 2, 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 Feature 5. Advance the throttle two
more times and you will hear a “clank" and two “clinks" indicating Feature
7. ((5 throttle advancements = 1 clank) + (2 throttle advancements = 2
clinks)). “Clank” + “Clink" + “Clink" = Feature 7. You can advance the
throttle as quickly as you like and the computer will still remember the
number of times the throttle is advanced by playing back the number of
“Clinks" and “Clanks" to confirm the feature you’ve selected.
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Up & Down From
High Voltage To Low
2 Times
Advance The Throttle
Up & Down From
High Voltage To Low
4 More Times
Listen For The
2 Clink Sounds
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Listen For 1 Clank
And 1 Clink Sounds
Remotely Adjusting The Engine Volume - Reset Feature 6 – (1
Clank, 1 Clink)
Reset Feature 6 allows you to change the volume setting of the chuff sounds
without affecting the volume of other sounds, such as whistle, bell,
enhanced neutral sounds, etc. To use, cycle to Reset 6 and press the
Whistle button. A single bell will play, and the chuff will begin at the
current volume. Each time the Whistle button is pressed, a bell will sound
and the volume setting will cycle down to the next level. The levels
available are 100%, 50%, 25%, and 0%. After 0%, pressing the whistle
button again will return
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
the chuff to 100%.
Up & Down From
Until You Reach The
High Voltage To Low
Setting You Desire
When the desired level
6 Times
is reached, lock the
changes by interrupting
H
the throttle and cycling
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 1 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 1 Clink Sounds
The Volume Setting
the engine into forward
Programming For Squeaking Brake Operation- Reset
Feature 45 –(9 Clanks, 0 Clinks)
Reset Feature 45 allows you to determine if and how the Squeaking Brakes
recording will be activated. To use, cycle to Reset 45 and press the Whistle
button. The engine will play a series of bells. This indicates the current
setting. Each time the Whistle is pressed, Proto-Sound® will cycle to the
next available setting and provide the appropriate bell indicator. The
settings for Reset 45 are 1 Bell = On Demand (Enabled when FYS is
activated), 2 Bells =
Always On, 3 Bells = Off.
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear The
When the desired setting
High Voltage To Low
Appropriate # Of Dings
45 Times
is reached, lock the
changes by interrupting
H
the throttle and cycling
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 9 Clank
To “Lock-In”
the engine into forward.
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Brake Setting
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Programming For Horn In Neutral Operation- Reset Feature 25
-(5 Clanks)
Reset Feature 25 allows you to operate the Horn while the engine is in the
Neutral state. When ON, pressing the Horn/Whistle button while in
Neutral, with 10V AC or less on the track, will cause the Horn recording to
sound. To use, cycle to Reset 25 and press the Horn/Whistle button. The
engine will play a series of bells. This indicates the current setting. Each
time the Horn/Whistle button is pressed, Proto-Sound® will cycle to the
next available setting and
provide the appropriate bell
In RESET Mode
indicator. The settings for
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
Reset 25 are 1 Bell = OFF, 2
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
25 Times
Bells = ON. When the
desired setting is reached,
H
Interrupt The Throttle
lock the changes by
Listen For 5 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Horn Setting
interrupting the throttle and
cycling the engine into
forward.
Programming For Proto-Coupler® Operation - Reset Feature
10-(2 Clanks)
Reset 10 allows you to turn
the operation of the
Proto-Coupler® on or off.
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Until You Hear
When OFF, the coupler will Up & Down From
2 Bell Dings
High Voltage To Low
10 Times
not arm or fire from Neutral.
To use, cycle to Reset 10
H
and press the Whistle
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 2 Clank
To “Lock-In”
button. The engine will
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Coupler Setting
play a series of bells. This
indicates the current setting.
Each time the Whistle
button is pressed, Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next available setting and
provide the appropriate bell indicator. The settings for Reset 10 are 1 Bell =
ON, 2 Bells = OFF. When the desired setting is reached, lock the changes
by interrupting the throttle and cycling the engine into forward.
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Programming FYS Operation - Reset Feature 28-(5 Clanks, 3 Clinks)
Reset Feature 28 allows you to turn the operation of the FYS sequence on
or off. When OFF, the FYS will not activate. To use, cycle to Reset 28 and
press the Whistle button. The engine will play a series of bells. This
indicates the current setting. Each time the Whistle button is pressed,
Proto-Sound® will cycle
to the next available
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
setting and provide the
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
High Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
appropriate bell indicator.
40 Times
The settings for Reset 28
H
are 1 Bell = ON, 2 Bells =
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen
For
8
Clank
OFF. When the desired
To “Lock-In”
And 0 Clink Sounds
The Lock-Out Setting
setting is reached, lock the
changes by interrupting
the throttle and cycling the
engine into forward.
Activating Remote Lock-Out Control
- Reset Feature 40-(8
Clanks, 0 Clinks)
Reset Feature 40 allows you to enable the Reverse Unit Lockout feature of
Proto-Sound®. When enabled, you are able to lock the engine to run in
only one of the directional states (Forward, Neutral or Reverse) whenever
power is applied. The most common use for locking out an engine is in the
use of power blocks on a
layout. To use, cycle to
Reset 40 and press the
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
Whistle button. The engine High
Voltage To Low
2 Bell Dings
28 Times
will play a series of bells.
This indicates the current
H
setting. Each time the
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen For 5 Clank
To “Lock-In”
Whistle button is pressed,
And 3 Clink Sounds
The FYS Setting
Proto-Sound® will cycle to
the next available setting
and provide the appropriate
bell indicator. The settings for Reset 40 are 1 Bell = OFF, 2 Bells = ON.
When the desired setting is reached, lock the changes by interrupting the
throttle and cycling the engine into forward.
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Resetting All Proto-Sound® Options To Factory Defaults Reset 18-(3 Clanks, 3 Clinks)
Reset 18 is the most powerful of the Reset features available. Using Reset
18 allows you to override all changes in programming and return all Resets
to the original, out of the box settings. To use, cycle to Reset 18 and press
the Whistle button. The engine will play a distorted bell, followed by a
clear bell sound. This
indicates that the
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
Proto-Sound system has
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
To Low
A Warbled Bell Ding
restored all settings to factory High Voltage
18 Times
default settings. Lock the
H
changes by interrupting the
Interrupt The Throttle
Listen
For
3
Clank
throttle and cycling the
To “Lock-In”
And 3 Clink Sounds
The Default Setting
engine into forward.
Turning Off Cab Chatter Sounds - Reset Feature 23 (4 Clanks,
3 Clinks)
Reset Feature 23 allows
you to turn the operation of
In RESET Mode
Move The Throttle
Push The Whistle Button
the Cab Chatter system on
Up & Down From
Until You Hear
To Low
2 Bell Dings
or off. When OFF, the Cab High Voltage
23 Times
Chatter recordings will not
be played when the engine
H
Interrupt The Throttle
is in Neutral. To use, cycle
Listen For 4 Clank
To “Lock-In”
And 3 Clink Sounds
The Cab Chatter Setting
to Reset 23 and press the
Horn/Whistle button. The
engine will play a series of
bells. This indicates the current setting. Each time the Horn/Whistle button
is pressed, Proto-Sound® will cycle to the next available setting and
provide the appropriate bell indicator. The settings for Reset Feature 23 are
1 Bell = ON, 2 Bells = OFF. When the desired setting is reached, lock the
changes by interrupting the throttle and cycling the engine into forward.
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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.
Use light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L" in Fig.
6 below.
Grease (G)
Wheel Gears
Lubricate (L)
Pickup Rollers
Figure 6: Lubricating The Locomotive Chassis
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 four Phillips screws. The screws are located on each end of the
chassis’ 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.
Body Mount Screws
Body Mount Screw
Truckside Frame Screws
Motor Mount Screw
Figure 7: Lubricate The Tender Chassis Trucks
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).
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
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(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. 6. on page 23 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 truck sides from the truck block. In
order to slip the new tire over the grooved drive wheel. The mounting
screw location can be found in Fig 7.
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
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
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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. Replacement tires are available directly from MTH Electric Trains.
HEADLIGHT REPLACEMENT
The GP 7/9 locomotive’s headlights are controlled by constant voltage
circuits inside the locomotive body. The headlight(s) can be easily removed
from their lampholders should the bulbs expire. To remove the bulb, follow
the body removal instructions found in the Lubrication section on the
proceeding pages. Once the cab has been separated from the chassis, gently
unplug the bulb’s wiring harness from the socket on the constant voltage
circuit. 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 thesounds
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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FYS PROBLEMS
REMEDY
The FYS 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 FYS.The
transformer throttle was interrupted too quickly in
neutral thus disabling FYS. Leave the throttle on in
neutral until after the FYS arrival message plays.
The FYS 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 FYS event, it is probable that a
sound can occasionally be repeated one or more
times.
Once in FYS, 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 FYS is
enabled. This way the engine never goes into reverse
as the operator cycles through the various FYS
events.
When the engine enters FYS event 5, the bell
automatically comes on.
FYS 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 FYS is enabled, pressing the whistle and
bell buttons has no affect.
Because FYS must control various effects in each FYS
event, the bell and whistle functions are disabled until
either the FYS events have been completed, or the
engine is shut down for 3 or more seconds.
I can’t get FYS to begin when the engine is stopped in
the neutral position.
It is possible that FYS 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
23
Cab Chatter ON/OFF
Cab Chatter ON
4 Clanks/3 Clinks
25
Horn In Neutral
Horn In Neutral OFF
5 Clanks/0 Clinks
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RESERVED
RESERVED
28
Brake/FYS Enabled
Brake/FYS 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 ProtoSounds® 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
st er
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
recommende d)
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
390-Watt
Electronic
*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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P a r t s
Name and Number
1.) Shell ( PRR )( # 5865 )
1.) Shell ( PRR )( # 5872 )
1.) Shell ( PRR )( # 8571 )
1.) Shell ( B & M )( # 1555 )
1.) Shell ( B & M )( # 1558 )
1.) Shell ( B & M )( # 1563 )
1.) Shell (Lehigh Valley)(#300)
1.) Shell (Lehigh Valley)(#301)
1.) Shell (Lehigh Valley)(#306)
1.) Shell (Great Northern)(#600)
1.) Shell (Great Northern)(#602)
1.) Shell (Great Northern)(#620)
2.) Side grill ( Brunswick green )
2.) Side grill ( maroon )
2.) Side grill ( red )
2.) Side grill ( green )
2.) Side grill ( orange )
3.) Headlight/backup light lens
4.) Handrail ( side )
( Brunswick green )
4.) Handrail ( side )( maroon )
4.) Handrail ( side )( red )
4.) Handrail ( side )( green )
4.) Handrail ( side )( orange )
5.) Handrail ( top )
( Brunswick green )
5.) Handrail ( top )( maroon )
5.) Handrail ( top )( red )
5.) Handrail ( top )( orange )
6.) Number board ( #5865 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #5872 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #8571 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #1555 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #1558 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #1563 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #300 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #301 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #306 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #600 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #602 )
( left rear/right front )
6.) Number board ( #620 )
( left rear/right front )
7.) Number board ( #5865 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #5872 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #8571 )
( right rear/left front )
Part #
FC-2100204
FC-2100205
FC-2100206
FC-2100207
FC-2100208
FC-2100209
FC-2100210
FC-2100211
FC-2100212
FC-2100213
FC-2100214
FC-2100215
FC-2160001
FC-2160002
FC-2160003
FC-2160004
FC-2160005
FA-2150005
FC-2100216
FC-2100217
FC-2100218
FC-2100219
FC-2100220
FC-2100221
FC-2100222
FC-2100223
FC-2100224
FG-2100037
FG-2100038
FG-2100039
FG-2100040
FG-2100041
FG-2100042
FG-2100043
FG-2100044
FG-2100045
FG-2100046
FG-2100047
FG-2100048
FG-2100049
FG-2100050
FG-2100051
Name and Number
7.) Number board ( #1555 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #1558 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #1563 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #300 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #301 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #306 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #600 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #602 )
( right rear/left front )
7.) Number board ( #620 )
( right rear/left front )
8.) Lift ring ( Brunswick green )
8.) Lift ring ( maroon )
8.) Lift ring ( red )
8.) Lift ring ( green )
8.) Lift ring ( orange )
9.) Pin ( for fan )
10.) Fan (light gray)( small )
11.) Fan shroud
( Brunswick green )
11.) Fan shroud ( maroon )
11.) Fan shroud ( red )
11.) Fan shroud ( green )
11.) Fan shroud ( orange )
12.) Fan (light gray)( large )
13.) Air horn ( single )
( Brunswick green )
13.) Air horn ( single )( maroon )
13.) Air horn ( single )( red )
13.) Air horn ( single )( green )
14.) Handrail (R)
( Brunswick green & yellow)
14.) Handrail (R)( black )
14.) Handrail (R)(black & yellow)
14.) Handrail (R)( black & white )
15.) Handrail (L)
( Brunswick green & yellow)
15.) Handrail (L)( black )
15.) Handrail (L)(black & yellow)
15.) Handrail (L)( black & white )
16.) Window lens ( side )
17.) Window lens
( left rear/ right front )
18.) Window lens
( right rear/left front )
19.) Bulb (grain of wheat)
(1.5V)(85.0mm long)
20.) LED
(green)(6V)(120.0mm & 385.0mm long)
21.) Bracket (number board lights)
22.) Grommet ( rubber )
23.) Motor cover
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FG-2100052
FG-2100053
FG-2100054
FG-2100055
FG-2100056
FG-2100057
FG-2100058
FG-2100059
FG-2100060
FC-2160006
FC-2160007
FC-2160008
FC-2160009
FC-2160010
FC-2100172
FC-2100225
FC-2100226
FC-2100227
FC-2100228
FC-2100229
FC-2100230
FC-2100231
FC-2100232
FC-2100233
FC-2100234
FC-2100235
FC-2110028
FC-2110001
FC-2110029
FC-2110030
FC-2120029
FC-2120001
FC-2120030
FC-2120031
FA-2150006
FA-2100008
FA-2100009
CA-0000017
CC-0000014
IH-0000102
IH-0000010
BI-0000010
11
2
10
12
5
7
8
11
6
9
9
2
4
8
2
8
13
1
3
10
14
58
59
8
5
2
13
4
16
17
22
57
3
55
53
18
6
16
7
52
50
4
51
19
49
56
54
48
44
24
24
15
46
43
42
20
41
45
37
38
24
22
27
26
60
34
24
61
31
30
27 28
62
64
65
29
26
25
66
63
76
67
75
69
81
62
80
24
68
83
24
75
24
79
78
82
25
35
36
32
23
39
33
21
27
47
40
74
77
70
71
63
72
73
68
24
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Parts
Name and Number
Part #
24.) Screw
25.) Handrail (front & rear)
( Brunswick green & yellow)
25.) Handrail (front & rear)
( black )
25.) Handrail (front & rear)
(black & yellow)
25.) Handrail (front & rear)
( black & white )
26.) Contact spring board
27.) Screw
28.) Switch
29.) Screw
30.) Screw
31.) Screw
32.) Motor mount
33.) Motor (RS-385PH)
34.) Battery leads
35.) Battery
36.) Bracket ( battery )
37.) Bulb (grain of wheat)
(6V)(140.0mm long)
38.) Rubber band
39.) Nut
40.) Washer
41.) Insulator
42.) Insulator washer
43.) Bracket (board/volume pot)
44.) Volume pot
45.) CV board
(w/2 female plugs)
46.) Heat sink
47.) Screw
48.) Brakeman base
50.) Brakeman
51.) Engineer
52.) Proto-sound chip
53.) Proto-sound board (top)
54.) Proto-sound board (bottom)
55.) Wire strap ( metal )
56.) Contact springs
57.) Contact spring base
58.) Bulb (grain of wheat)
(1.5V)(80.0mm long)
59.) LED
(red)(6V)(120.0mm & 385.0mm long)
60.) Chassis
61.) Screw
62.) Pilot ( Brunswick green )
( w/ yellow steps )
62.) Pilot ( black )
63.) Truck side ( black )
64.) Bracket (speaker)
65.) Screw
66.) Speaker
(Star PR-05004-08, 8 W ,0.2w)
67.) Screw
68.) Screw
IA-0000003
FC-2150012
FC-2150001
FC-2150013
FC-2150014
BH-0000027
IA-0000021
BB-0000006
IA-0000034
IA-0000012
IA-0000001
BI-0000009
BE-0000022
BC-4000009
BG-4000001
IH-0000074
CG-0000019
Name and Number
69.)
70.)
71.)
72.)
73.)
74.)
75.)
76.)
77.)
78.)
79.)
80.)
81.)
82.)
83.)
83.)
Insulator
Traction tires
Nut
Insulator
Pick-up
Truck (powered)(2 axle)
Screw
Fuel tank ( black )
E-clip
Washer
Spring
Proto-coupler
T-bar
Screw
Snow plow ( black )
Snow plow ( yellow )
BI-4500004
IC-0000007
ID-0000034
ID-0000024
ID-0000025
IH-0000016
BI-0000035
AG-0000021
AI-0000004
IA-0000019
FI-0000025
FI-0000009
FI-0000001
N/A
AE-4500001
AD-4500001
IH-0000103
IE-0000015
BH-0000001
CF-0000001
CC-0000015
DH-2100016
IA-0000024
DG-2150019
DG-2150020
DB-2150001
IH-0000011
IA-0000006
BF-4500008
IA-0000016
IA-0000016
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BD-0000015
DE-0000018
IC-0000005
BD-0000039
BD-0000025
DA-2050010
IA-0000025
FC-2100001
IF-0000002
ID-0000026
IE-0000007
DD-4000001
IG-0000001
IA-0000006
FH-2130001
FH-2130009
O-31 OPERATION
While the MTH GP 7/9 diesel 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 MTH F-3 through O-31
switches. Should this occur, we suggest adding weight to the cars making
them heavier and less likely to derail.
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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, email or FAX MTH Electric Trains, 7020 Columbia Gateway
Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-381-2580 (FAX No. 410-423-0009), or on the
internet at [email protected] or our web site, www.mthtrains.com, stating
which product you have, 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 at MTH.
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, a copy of your
sales receipt, the Return Authorization number and a full description of the problem,
must be included to facilitate the repairs. Please include the description regardless
of whether or not 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, light bulbs or traction tires. 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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