Rail King Y6b 2-8-8-2 Operator`s manual

Rail King USRA 2-8-8-2
Steam Locomotive
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
Compatibility
This engine will operate on any
traditional O-31 Gauge track system,
including M.T.H.’s RealTrax® or
ScaleTrax™ or traditional tubular
track. It is also compatible with most
standard AC transformers. (See page
24 for a complete list of compatible
transformers and wiring instructions.)
Freight Yard Sound
PLEASE READ BEFORE USE AND SAVE
Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist...........................................................................................................
Lubrication.......................................................................................................
Priming the Smoke Unit.................................................................................
Placing the Engine on the Track...................................................................
Checking the Battery.......................................................................................
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Basic Operation............................................................................................................. 5
Activating Features........................................................................................... 5
Manual Volume Control.................................................................................. 6
Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions................................................................ 7
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional Mode Features........................ 7
Passenger Station Annoucements (PSA)..................................................... 8
Proto-Coupler® Operation............................................................................ 9
Speed Control................................................................................................... 10
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction......................................................... 11
Reset To Factory Default................................................................................. 11
Automatic Sound Effects................................................................................. 11
Maintenance................................................................................................................... 12
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions......................................................... 12
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track......................................................... 13
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions....................................................... 14
Headlight Replacement Instructions............................................................. 15
Self Charging Battery Back-Up...................................................................... 17
ProtoSmoke Unit Operation........................................................................... 19
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems............................................ 21
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart.............................................. 24
Additional Features Accessible with the DCS Remote Control System... 25
Service & Warranty Information.................................................................... 26
Limited One-Year Warranty........................................................................... 26
CAUTION: ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PRODUCT:
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. M.T.H. recommends adult supervision with children ages 10 - 16.
As with all electric products, precautions should be observed during handling and use to reduce the risk of electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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M.T.H. recommends that all users and persons supervising use examine the hobby transformer and other electronic equipment
periodically for conditions that may result in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, such as damage to the primary
cord, plug blades, housing, output jacks or other parts. In the event such conditions exist, the train set should not be used until
properly repaired.
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Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
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This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
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Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
Set Up Checklist
- Lubricate the locomotive
- Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
- Prime the smoke unit
- Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operating Section of this manual
Lubrication
You should lubricate the engine to prevent it from squeaking. Use
light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig.
1. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Figure 1. Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
Priming the Smoke Unit
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20
drops of smoke fluid through the smokestack
(see Fig. 2). We recommend M.T.H.
ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or LVTS fluids.
Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak
out and coat the interior engine components.
If you choose not to add smoke fluid (or have
already added fluid but choose to run smokefree), turn off the smoke unit by turning the
smoke volume control fully counter-clockwise.
Failure either to add fluid to the smoke
unit or to turn it off may damage the
smoke unit heating element and/or
wicking material.
Running the engine without a primed
smoke unit may cause damage
Figure 2. Smoke Unit Switch Location
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Placing the Engine on the Track
Place the engine on the track, then insert the reverse unit plug that extends out of
the tender into the receptacle at the back of the boiler cab (Figure 3. WARNING:
DO NOT CONNECT THIS ENGINE TO A TENDER FROM ANOTHER
ENGINE; IT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE. Look at the bottom of the
engine and tender where each will have a sticker. If they match you may connect
those two pieces; if not, don’t.
Connect the draw bar between the engine and tender. The draw bar hole located
farthest from the tender is for applications such as display. The second hole is for
normal operation on the track.
At this point, you are ready to begin running your engine.
Plug Tender Plug into
Boiler Socket at back of cab
Figure 3
Checking the Battery
You may find, if your locomotive was built several months before you set it up,
that the rechargeable battery has run down and needs to be charged before
operating. If you notice that the sounds are g arbled, test and charge the engine as
described in the "Self-Charging Battery Back-Up" on page 16.
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Basic Operation
The Throttle knob controls how fast your train will travel.
Turn the throttle knob up ½-way, until the engine and caboose lights shine bright.
Put the engine into motion by pressing the Direction button on your transformer
once. (hold it for approximately 1 second)
If the engine does not begin to move as soon as you firmly press the Direction
button, you may not have sent enough voltage to the track to make the train move.
Turn the throttle up a bit higher until the train begins to move.
Activating Features
Throttle - To increase or decrease track voltage, and therefore train speed, turn the
throttle control knob. Turning clockwise will increase voltage and speed, while
turning counterclockwise will decrease voltage and speed. The engine will maintain
the speed you set after you release the throttle until you turn it again to change the
voltage and speed.
Bell - To sound the bell, in an engine equipped with a bell firmly press and release
the Bell button. To turn the bell off, press and release the Bell button again. The
bell will continue to ring from the time you turn it on until you press and release
the button again to turn it off.
Horn/Whistle - To sound the whistle, firmly press the Horn/Whistle button. The
whistle will sound for as long as you continue to depress the button. It will stop
when you release the button.
Direction - Your train is programmed to start in neutral. The train will always
cycle neutral-forward-neutral-reverse with each press and release of the direction
button. The engine is programmed to restart in neutral each time the track voltage
is turned off for 25 seconds or more.
Cycle Phases
Neutral
Reverse
Forward
Neutral
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Manual Volume Control
To adjust the volume of all sounds made by this engine, turn the master volume
control knob located under the tender clockwise to increase the volume and
counter-clockwise to decrease the volume.
Figure 4. Manually Adjust The Volume
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Proto-Sound 2.0 Operating Instructions
This manual contains the operating instructions for Proto-Sound 2.0 in
conventional mode only. Instructions for accessing DCS command mode features
accompany the DCS Remote Control System equipment.
Activating Proto-Sound 2.0 Conventional
Mode Features
Proto-Sound 2.0 features are activated by sequences of Bell a nd Horn button
pushes described below. Please read the full descriptions of each feature before
using it. To use these buttons to activate features rather than to blow the horn or
ring the bell, you should tap the buttons very quickly with a ½-second pause
between button presses. You may need to practice your timing to make this work
smoothly.
Timing Chart
Press
Horn
Short &
Firm
Press
½ Sec.
Bell
Pause
Short &
Firm
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Pause
Feature to Be Activated:
Passenger Station Annoucements/FYS
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction/Unlock
Reset to Factory Defaults
Press
Bell
Short &
Firm
Button Code:
1 Bell, 2 Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Whistles
1 Whistle, 2 Bells (From Neutral Only)
1 Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Whistle, 5 Bells (From Neutral Only)
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Passenger Station Announcements (PSA)
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of passenger statio n
announcements that you can play when you pull into a station. Each sequence
described below will play as long as it is left on, randomly generating sounds, but
be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds between the button pushes described
below to allow the PSA sufficient time to run through each sequence.
• To cue the sound system to play the PSA, quickly but firmly tap the Bell
button once followed by 2 quick taps of the Hor n button while the
engine is moving. Tap the buttons quickly but allow approximately ½
second between each press.
• Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the
first sequence of PSA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the
train will not move as you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds,
and Proto-Sound 2.0 has disabled operator control over the Horn and
Bell buttons until the full PSA sequence is complete.
• After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the
Direction button again to trigger the second sequence of PSA. •After
about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third
PSA sequence.
• Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press
the Direction button one more time to trigger the fourth and final PSA
sequence. The PSA will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine
will start and move out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the
same direction it was traveling when you began the sequence. Once the
bell turns off, the operator regains control of the transformer's Bell and
Horn buttons and can ring the bell or blow the horn as usual.
Bell
Horn
Horn
Sound System Cued
to Play Passenger
Station Announcements (PSA)
+
Direction
1st
Sequence
PSA
+
Direction
2nd
Sequence
PSA
+
Direction
3rd
Sequence
PSA
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+
Direction
4th
Sequence
PSA
Operator
Controls
= When
Bell
Turns Off
Tips on Using PSA
•You can terminate PSA at any time by turning off power to the
track for 15 seconds.
•You do not have to be in Forward to use PSA. At the conclusion
of the full sequence, the train will pull away from the station in
whatever direction you were going when you activated the feature.
•You can use PSA even if you are double-heading with another
engine. If the second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0,
you must remember not to leave the throttle at a high voltage level
once you have stopped the engine to run the PSA. Otherwise, the
engine without PSA will begin vibrating on the track as its motors
strain to move the train, since they cannot be automatically disabled
during the PSA cycle (or if an original Proto-Sound engine, PSA are
triggered differently and that engine's motor-disable feature will not
be active when you run PSA in Proto-Sound 2.0).
•PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if
triggered while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the PSA,
the engine will depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to
the direction it was traveling before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler® Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for
remote uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the
Proto-Sound 2.0 microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section
or modification to your layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or
while in motion. Use the code shown below (and in the chart on p. 7) to fire the
coupler(s).
Rear Coupler:
To fire the rear coupler, quickly tap the Bell button once followed by three quick
taps of the Horn button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each
quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line de pletion will play, and
the knuckle will be released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Rear
= Coupler
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once
followed by four quick taps of the Horn button, allowing approximately ½ second
to lapse between each quick button press. The sound of the liftbar and air line
depletion will play, and the knuckle will be released.
Fire
Bell
Horn
Horn
Horn
Horn
Front
= Coupler
Speed Control
M.T.H. engines equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0 have speed control capabilities that
allow the engine to maintain a constant speed up and down grades and around
curves, much like an automobile cruise control. You can add or drop cars on the
run, and the engine will maintain the speed you set. While the engine is
programmed to start with the speed control feature activated, you can opt to turn it
off. This means the engine's speed will fall as it labors up a hill and increase as it
travels downward. It is also affected by the addition or releasing of cars while on
the run. Because the engine will run more slowly at a given throttle voltage when
speed control is on than when it is off, you should adjust the throttle to a lower
power level for operation with speed control off to avoid high-speed derailments.
When speed control is off, the volume will drop to allow for better low voltage
operation.
To turn speed control on and off, put the engine in neutral, then quickly tap the
transformer's Horn button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times,
allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Two
horn blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change. Repeat the 1 horn, 2
bells code to return it to the other condition. You will want to do this during the
initial neutral upon start-up if you ever couple this engine to another engine that is
not equipped with speed control to avoid damaging the motors in either engine.
Each time you shut down the engine completely, it will automatically turn speed
control on.
Place
Engine into
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
=
Speed Control
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Locking Locomotive Into A Direction
You can lock your engine into a direction (forward, neutral, or reverse) so that it
will not change directions. To do this, put the engine into the direction you want
(or into neutral to lock it into neutral), run it at a very slow crawl (as slowly as it will
move without halting), and quickly but firmly tap the Horn button once followed
by three quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse
between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has
made the change. The engine will not change direction (including going into
neutral) until you repeat the 1 horn, 3 bells code to return the engine to its normal
condition, even if the engine is kept without power for extended periods of time.
Place
Engine into
Desired
Direction
Horn
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Direction Lock
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Reset To Factory Default
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its
factory defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn button quickly once, followed by
five quick taps of the Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse
between each quick button press. Two horn blasts will indicate that the engine has
made the change.
Place
Engine in
Neutral
Horn
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
Bell
=
Reset
Two Horn Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sound Effects
Certain Proto-Sound 2.0 sound effects automatically play in programmed
conventional mode conditions:
•Squealing Brakes play any time the engine's speed decreases rapidly.
•Cab Chatter plays at random intervals when the engine idles in neutral.
•Engine Start-up and Shut-down sounds play when the engine is initially
powered on or is powered off for five seconds or more.
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Maintenance
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
You should regularly lubricate all side rods, linkage components and
pickup rollers to prevent them from squeaking. Use light household
oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L” in Fig. 2. Do not
over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
DO NOT
OVER OIL
Figure 5. Lubricating the Locomotive
The locomotive’s internal gearing was greased at the factory and should not need
additional grease until after 50 hours of operation or one year, whichever comes
first. To access the gear box and axles, do the following:
1. Turn the engine upside down.
2. Remove the boiler by removing the body mounting screws.
3. Remove the Phillips screw (marked “GREASE”) located at each set of wheels
and the gearbox cover screw.
4. Use a grease tube dispenser to put a small amount (approx. 1-2 ml.) of lithiumbased grease into the gearbox and axles.
5. Replace the screws and reassemble the boiler.
You should also grease the leading and trailing locomotive truck tongues to enhance
their ability to slide on the chassis. Follow the grease points shown on Fig. 6.
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Figure 6. Removing the Body and Lubricating the Grease Points
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires, and Track
Periodically check the locomotive wheels and pickups for dirt and buildup, which
can cause poor electrical contact and traction as well as prematurely wear out the
neoprene traction tires.
Wheels and tires can be cleaned using denatured (not rubbing) alcohol applied with
a cotton swab.
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on the rear
set of flanged drivers. While these tires are extremely durable, you may need to
replace them at some point.
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Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
1. Remove the side rods from the wheels in order to slip the new tire over the
grooved drive wheel. Make sure to note the position of all rods before removing.
2. Make sure the old tire has been completely removed from the groove in the drive
wheel, using a razor blade or small flathead screwdriver to pry away any remains.
3. Slip the new tire onto the wheel. You may find it useful to use two small
flathead screwdrivers to stretch the tire over the wheel.
4. If you twist the tire while stretching it over the wheel, you will need to remove
and reinstall the tire. Otherwise your engine will wobble while operating.
5. Make sure the tire is fully seated inside the groove. Use a razor blade to trim
away any excess tire that
doesn’t seat itself inside the g roove properly.
6. Reinstall the side rods in the same positions as noted. Failure to align rods
may cause binding or damage to the drive system.
One set of replacement tires is packaged with your model. Additional sets
are available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (order online:
www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, FAX: 410-381-6122).
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Headlight Replacement Instructions
A constant voltage circuit in the engine controls the locomotive’s lights. They are
easy to remove and replace when they burn out. To replace the light bulbs in the
engine remove the 6 screws that
attach the boiler as shown in fig. 6 on
To Access Headlight
page 13. Then remove the boiler.
in Pilot Assembly
You can obtain replacement bulbs
directly from the M.T.H. Parts
Department (phone 410-381-2580;
email parts@mth-railking.com; mail
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive,
Columbia MD 21046-1532.
Headlight:
1. Remove the pilot assembly.
2. Remove the screw that attaches the
headlight shell.
3. Unplug the blue connector in the
front of the boiler shell. See fig. 7
4. Gently pull on the wires to remove
the light bulb from the headlight
shell.
5. Gently push the new light bulb into
the headlight housing.
6. Reconnect the blue connectors.
7. Reassemble pilot and headlight
shell.
To Access
Cab Lights
Marker LEDs:
The marker lights are illuminated by
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs
draw very little current and should
Figures 7 and 7a
last a long time when compared to
light bulbs. However, if one LEDs
fails, both must be replaced as set, since they are wired
together. To replace the front LEDs:
1. Unplug the yellow connector in the front of the boiler shell. See fig. 7
2. Gently pull on the wires from the bottom of the marker housings and through
the sides of the smoke box.
3. Gently thread the new LEDs through the sides of the smoke box and into the
marker light housing.
4. Reconnect the yellow connectors.
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The marker lights for the tender can be replaced following the same procedure
use for the engine. Remove the six screws that attach the tender body to the
tender frame as shown in fig. 7b.
To replace the Tender Marker LEDs:
1. Unplug the yellow connector in the rear of the tender shell. See fig. 7b
2. Gently pull on the wires from the
bottom of the marker housings and
To access Tender Marker
LEDs
through the rear of the tender shell.
3. Gently thread the new LEDs through the
rear of the tender shell and into the marker
light housing.
4. Reconnect the yellow connector.
Cab Interior Light:
1. Unplug the black connector at the rear
of the boiler shell. See fig. 7a
2. Gently pull on the wires to remove the
light bulb from the backhead.
3. Gently push the new light bulb into the
backhead.
4. Reconnect the black connector.
Figure 7b
Firebox Glow Lights:
1. Unplug the black connector at the rear of the engine chassis. See fig 8.
2. Gently pull on the wires to remove the light bulbs from the bracket.
3. Gently push the new light bulb into the bracket.
4. Reconnect the black connector.
After replacing the light bulbs replace the boiler shell and the 6 screws. Be careful
not to pinch any wires when placing the boiler shell back on the chassis.
Firebox Lights
Figure 8
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Self Charging Battery Back-up
The special NiCad 2.4v self-charging battery recharges continuously during train
operation and should last for up to five years. The battery is a dry battery that
should not leak or cause any damage to your engine. Depending upon when your
engine was built, it may need to be charged right out of the box. If engine sounds
seem distorted or garbled at low voltages or become silent when power from the
transformer is turned off, test the battery to determine whether it should be
recharged or replaced.
Test: Put the engine in neutral and leave the track voltage at 10-12 volts (high
enough for the lights to shine brightly) for 15 minutes.
Recharge: If the sounds are improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge,
the battery charge has run down and can be recharged. There are a number of
ways you can do this:
• Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts for 6-7
hours so the battery can fully recharge (if your engine has a smoke unit,
be sure it is turned off).
•Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (sold separately) that plugs into a wall
outlet and a special port under the engine to recharge the battery
overnight without leaving it on the track.
Replace: If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge,
it is time to replace the battery. Available through M.T.H. Parts. (Order online:
www.mth-railking.com, e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com,Fax: 410-423-0009,
Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 210461532, ).
Tender Shell Screws
Tender Shell Screws
Figure 9
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Battery Pack
Figure 10
Battery Port
Figure 11. Battery Rechar ging Port
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ProtoSmoke® Unit Operation
This Premier steam locomotive contains a self-powered smoke unit that outputs
smoke through the smokestack on the roof of the engine. The smoke unit is
essentially a small heating element and wick that soaks up and then heats a mineral
oil-based fluid that emits a harmless smoke. The smoke is then forced out of the
stack by a small electric fan. Smoke volume is controlled by the Proto-Sound 2.0
system.
With a few easy maintenance steps, you should enjoy trouble-free smoke unit
operation for years.
Add Smoke Fluid
Figure 12
Proto-Smoke
ON/OFF Switch
Figure 13
When preparing to run this engine, add 15-20 drops of smoke fluid through the
smokestack (see Fig. 12). We recommend M.T.H. ProtoSmoke, Seuthe, LGB, or
LVTS fluids. Do not overfill the unit or the fluid may leak out and coat the interior
engine components.
If you choose not to add the fluid (or have already added the fluid but choose to
run smoke-free), turn off the smoke unit switch located under the tender floor (see
Fig. 13). Failure either to add fluid to the unit or to turn it off may damage the
smoke unit heating element and/or wick material.
When the smoke output while running the engine begins to diminish, add another
10-15 drops of smoke fluid or turn the smoke unit off.
When storing the unit for long periods of time, you may want to add about 15
drops of fluid to prevent the wick from drying out.
After removing the engine from storage, add another 25 drops of fluid, letting the
wick soak up the fluid for 15 minutes prior to operation.
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If you experience poor or no smoke output when the smoke unit is on and has
fluid, check the wick to see if it has become hard, blackened, and unabsorbent
around theheating element. To remove the smoke unit you will first have to
remove the boiler shell (by removing the body mounting screws shown in Fig. 6
on pg. 13). To do this, follow these instructions:
1. Once the boiler has been removed, locate the smoke unit assemby (see Figure 14).
2. Use a phillips head screwdriver to remove the inspection cover screws as seen in
Figure 15.
3. After removing the inspection cover, inspect the wick. If it is darkly discolored
and hard, it should be replaced.
Replacement parts and wick replacement instructions are available directly from
the M.T.H. Parts Department phone: (order online: www.mth-railking.com, e-mail:
parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
21046-1532, FAX: 410-381-6122).
Smoke Unit Location
Figure 14
Remove these two
Screws to Inspect
the Smoke Wick
Figure 15
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Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® Problems
Although Proto-Sound 2.0 has been designed and engineered for ease of use,
you may have some questions during initial operation. The following table
should answer most questions. If your problem cannot be resolved with this
table, contact M.T.H. for assistance (telephone: 410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009;
service@mth-railking.com, 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
21046-1532).
Starting Up
Remedy
When I first turn the power on, the
engine will not begin to run. I
have to turn the throttle off and
then on again to get the engine to
operate.
This is normal behavior. To
prevent accidental high-speed
start-ups, Proto-Sound 2.0 is
programmed to start up in neutral
anytime track power has been
turned off for several seconds.
Whistle/Horn
Remedy
When I press the whistle/horn
Reverse the transformer leads.
button, the bell comes on instead.
I can’t get the horn to blow when I You may be pressing the button
Remedy
press the whistle button.
too
quickly. Try pressing the
whistle/horn button more slowly,
taking approximately one full
second to fully depress the button.
Bell
Remedy
When I press the whistle button,
the bell comes on instead
I can’t get the bell to ring when I
press the bell button.
Reverse the transformer leads.
You may be pressing the button
too quickly. Try pressing the bell
button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to
fully depress the button.
The bell won’t work on a separate Check the wiring of the separate
bell button.
button.
Coupler
Remedy
When I try to fire the coupler, FYS You are waiting too long between
whistle button presses.
starts.
The Proto-Coupler won’t let the
engine uncouple on the fly.
Try lubricating the coupler knuckle
with a dry graphite lubricant. Do
NOT use oil.
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Cab Chatter
Remedy
Sometimes the Cab Chatter
sounds don’t play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral
at random intervals.
Lock-out
Remedy
I can’t get the engine to run after I
power up the transformer. It sits
still with the engine sounds
running.
The engine is locked into the
neutral position. Follow the
procedure in the “Lock into a
Direction” section.
Engine speed must be below 10
scale mph (approx. 10 volts or
less in conventional mode).
The engine won’t lock into
forward, neutral, or reverse.
Volume
Remedy
Proto-Sound 2.0 volume is set too
The sounds seem distorted,
especially when the whistle or bell high. Turn the volume control knob
on the bottom of the chassis
is activated.
counter-clockwise to reduce the
volume.
Battery
Remedy
The engine will not leave the initial Check to be sure the battery is
neutral setting.
installed and fully charged. See
the “Self-Charging Battery BackUp” section.
I get no sounds when the engine
shifts between directions.
The battery may be dead or need
to be charged. See the “SelfCharging Battery Back-Up”
section.
After I turn off my transformer, my Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to
engine continues to make sounds continue to sound for a few
before quitting.
seconds after power to the track
has been shut off.
PSA
Remedy
The PSA sounds occasionally
repeat themselves.
Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in
random number generator that
randomly selects each sound clip
to play. Because there are a
limited number of sound clips
available in each FYS sequence, it
is probable that some of these
sound clips will be repeated from
time to time.
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PSA
Remedy
Once in PSA, the engine doesn’t
go into reverse.
So that PSA effects can be as
realistic as possible, Proto-
Sound 2.0 disables the
reversing unit whenever PSA is
enabled. This way the engine
remains still at its stop as the
operator cycles through the
FYS sequences.
When the PSA enters its last
sequence the bell automatically
comes on.
PSA is programmed to start
ringing the bell at that point. After
approximately 12 seconds it will
automatically turn off.
Because PSA must control various
When PSA is enabled, pressing
the whistle and bell buttons has no effects in each sequence, ProtoSound 2.0 takes control of these
effect.
sound effects until you exit PSA.
I push the direction button but the
next sound clip in the sequence
does not play or the engine does
not come out of PSA after fourth
press of the direction button.
Each PSA clip must play for
approx. 30 seconds before PSA
will advance to the next step in the
PSA cycle. Wait at least 30
seconds in each PSA sound clip
before pressing the direction
button.
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Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart
Proto-Sound 2.0 is designed to work with most standard AC transformers.
The chart below lists the many compatible transformers. Note that many of the
operational commands described in these instructions require a bell button, so if
your transformer does not have its own bell button, you should consider adding
one to get the full benefit of the system. In addition, the chart details how the
terminals on these transformers should be attached to your layout.
Transformer
Model
Center Rail
Outside Rail
Min/Max.
Voltage
Power
Rating
Transformer
Type
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-21v
75-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-14v
0-18v
80-Watt
100-Watt
Electronic
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-22v
390-Watt
Electronic
Lionel 1032
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1032M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1033
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1043M
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1044
U
A
5-16v
90-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1053
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
Lionel 1063
U
A
8-17v
60-Watt
Standard
All-Trol
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
0-24v
300-Watt
Electronic
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
A
U
8-18v
75-Watt
Standard
Lionel KW
A or B
U
6-20v
190-Watt
Standard
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Terminal
Inside Track
Terminal
5-16v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
0-18v
50V.A.
Electronic
Lionel RW
U
A
9-19v
110-Watt
Standard
Lionel SW
U
A
Unknown
130-Watt
Standard
Lionel TW
U
A
8-18v
175-Watt
Standard
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
U
8-20v
275-Watt
Standard
Lionel Post-War
Celebration
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
Common
0-20v
135/190 Watt
Electronic
Electronic
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Additional Features Accessible With The DCS
Remote Control System
(Additional equipment required)
While conventional mode operation of a Proto-Sound 2.0 engine yields
wonderfully realistic sound and several train control features, command mode
operation allows the user to access a world of command functions never before
accessible to O Gauge railroaders. With the addition of the DCS Remote Control
System (including a DCS remote handheld and Track Interface Unit) users gain
many advanced features, including:
•DCS Proto-Speed Control - Establishes desired locomotive speed in
scale miles per hour increments via a thumbwheel control and allows
operator to set maximum speed and acceleration/deceleration rates
•ProtoSmoke® Variable Output Control - Controls how much smoke
each engine outputs and matches smoke to locomotive speed
•Locomotive Lighting Control - Controls locomotive headlights, marker
and interior lights, beacon lights, ditch lights, and MARS lights
•Emergency Stop-Single button push stops all Proto-Sound 2.0 trains but
does not turn off the power
•One Touch Global Mute/UnMute-Single button mutes or unmutes all
DCS-controlled locomotives' user-defined actions, including sound, lights,
and smoke
•Proto-Dispatch Operation-Public Address-like feature allows users to
speak through locomotive speaker during operation
•Proto-Cast-Allows users to play audio recordings through locomotive
speaker during operation
•Proto-Doppler Sound Effects Set Up-Users can configure locomotive
for Doppler Operation, including setting distance points for Doppler
start, repeat, and stop modes
•Independent Volume Control of Engine Sounds, Bell, Horn & Whistle
for each Locomotive
•Control up to 50 different DCS-Equipped Locomotives at one time with
multiple TIUs
•Proto-Effects™ Set Up-User can select individual Proto-Effects™
operations to be active or inactive, including cab chatter, train wreck
sounds, coupler sounds, Direction Control Set Up-User can set initial
individual start-up direction (start in forward or reverse) for doubleheading operations
•Locomotive Consist Set-up-User can determine locomotive values for
consist make-ups, allowing multiple locomotives belonging to a consist to
operate together
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Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard operation and troubleshooting techniques that may correct the problem. Additional information may be found on the M.T.H.
Website. Should you still require service, follow the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax a M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) in your area to obtain Repair
Authorization. You can find the list of ASCs on the M.T.H. Website, www.mth-railking.com. Authorized
Service Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only from that store; all other repairs may-or may not be done at the store's own discretion. If you did not purchase the item directly from the ASC, you
will need to select a National Authorized Service Center (NASC). These centers are compensated by M.T.H.
to perform warranty service for any customer whose repair qualifies for warranty service. A list of NASC
retailers can be located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling 410-381-2580. Should the warranty no longer
apply, you may choose either an ASC or NASC retailer to service your M.T.H. Product. A reasonable service
fee will be charged.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam and plastic
wrapping material to prevent damage to the merchandise. There is no need to return the entire set if only one
of the components is in need of repair unless otherwise instructed by the Service Center. The shipment must be
prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name, address, daytime
phone number, e-mail address (if available), Return Authorization number (if required by the service
center, a copy of your sales receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to facilitate
the repairs. Please include the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a
service technician when contacting the Service Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for service.
Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not agents or
representatives of M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for
material left in their possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at service@mth-railking.com, or call 410 381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant are covered by this
warranty.
See our website at www.mth-railking.com or call 410-381-2580 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train
Merchant near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and traction
tires. We will repair or replace (at our option) the defective part without charge for the parts or labor, if the
item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center
(NASC) within one year of the original date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damages caused by
improper care, handling, or use. Transportation costs incurred by the customer are not covered under this
warranty.
Items sent for repair must be accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the problem,
and a copy of the original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant, which gives the
date of purchase. If you are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for
their return authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state.
Specific questions regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. Directly.
Service Department:
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
.Columbia MD 21046-1532