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MTH Electric Trains E-8 Operator`s manual
RailKing E-8 AA
Diesel Engine Set
(3V PS-2)
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 pag e 19 for a complete
list of compatible transformers and
wiring instructions.)
Freight Yard Sound
Passenger Station Announcement
Table of Contents
Set Up Checklist...........................................................................................................
Checking the Battery.......................................................................................
Connecting the A-B-A Units Together.......................................................
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
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS)/ Passenger Station Announcements (PSA).. 8
Proto-Coupler Operation............................................................................ 8
Speed Control................................................................................................... 9
Locking Locomotive Into A Direction......................................................... 9
Reset To Factory Default................................................................................. 10
Automatic Sound Effects................................................................................. 10
Maintenance................................................................................................................... 11
Lubricating and Greasing Instructions......................................................... 11
Cleaning The Wheels, Tires and Track......................................................... 12
Traction Tire Replacement Instructions....................................................... 13
Light Bulb Replacement Instructions............................................................. 14
Self Charging Battery Back-Up...................................................................... 15
Troubleshooting Proto-Sound® 2.0 Problems............................................ 16
Transformer Compatibility and Wiring Chart.............................................. 19
Additional Features Accessible with the DCS Remote Control System... 20
Service & Warranty Information.................................................................... 21
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age without adult supervision. 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
prevent electric shock.
WARNING: When using electrical products, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read this manual thoroughly before using this device.
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.
Do not operate your layout unattended. Obstructed accessories or stalled trains may overheat, resulting in damage to your layout.
This train set is intended for indoor use. Do not use if water is present. Serious injury or fatality may result.
Do not operate the hobby transformer with damaged cord, plug, switches, buttons or case.
This product may be protected by one or more of the following patents:
6,019,289; 6,280,278; 6,281,606; 6,291,263; 6,457,681; 6,491,263; 6,604,641;
6,619,594; 6,624,537; 6,655,640.
©2008, M.T.H. Electric Trains, Columbia, MD 21046
Set Up Checklist
- Lubricate the locomotive
- Check to see whether the battery needs to be charged for full sound effects
- Apply power to run as described in the Basic Operating Section of this manual
You should lubricate the engine to prevent it from squeaking. Use
light household oil and follow the lubrication points marked “L”
shown below. Do not over-oil. Use only a drop or two on each pivot
Lubricate Pick Up Roller Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
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 15.
Railking E-8 AA Diesel Engine Proto-Sound®2.0
Connecting the A-B-A Units Together
Orient both engines so that the rear of the Lead Powered A unit (one with speaker
installed into the fuel tank) is facing the front of the B unit (the end with the wire
harness). The B Unit wire harness plugs into a receptacle under the A Unit’s rear
truck. When adding the Trailing A unit its wire harness plugs into the rear of the
B unit. The receptacle is polarized so that the harness can only fit one way.
Correct way to Connect wire harness plug into the receptacle
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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 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 horn/whistle, firmly press the horn/whistle button.
The horn or 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
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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 next to the fuel tank clockwise to increase the volume and
counter-clockwise to decrease the volume.
Volume Adjustment Knob
Manual Volume Adjustment Knob
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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 and Horn/Whistle 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/ whistle 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
Short &
½ Sec.
Short &
Total Time Lapse: 1 ½ Seconds
½ Sec.
Feature to Be Activated
Freight Yard or Passenger Station Sounds
Fire the Rear Coupler
Fire the Front Coupler
Speed Control On/Off
Lock into a Direction
Reset to Factory Defaults
Short &
Button Code:
1 Bell, 2 Horn/Whistles
1 Bell, 3 Horn/Whistles
1 Bell, 4 Horn/Whistles
1 Horn/Whistle, 2 Bells (from Neutral only)
1 Horn/Whistle, 3 Bells
1 Horn/Whistle, 5 Bells (from Neutral only)
Freight Yard Sounds (FYS) or
Passenger Station Announcements (PSA):
Your engine is equipped with a sound package of either freight yard or passenger station
sounds that you can play. Each sequence described below will play as long as it is left
on, randomly generating sounds, but be sure to allow approximately 30 seconds
between the button pushes described below to allow the FYS/PSA sufficient time to
run through each sequence.
To cue the sound system to play the FYS/PSA, quickly but firmly tap the Bell button
once followed by 2 quick taps of the Horn/Whistle button while the engine is moving.
Tap the buttons quickly but allow approximately ½ second between each press.
Press the Direction button once to stop the engine. This will trigger the first sequence
of FYS/PSA. The reverse unit is temporarily disabled so that the train will not move as
you use the Direction button to trigger the sounds, and Proto-Sound 2.0 has disabled
operator control over the Horn/Whistle and Bell buttons until the full FYS/PSA
sequence is complete.
After waiting about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction button
again to trigger the second sequence of FYS/PSA.
After about 30 seconds, press the Direction button again to trigger the third FYS/PSA
Again, after allowing about 30 seconds for that sequence to run, press the Direction
button one more time to trigger the fourth and final FYS/PSA sequence.
Railking E-8 AA Diesel Engine Proto-Sound®2.0
The FYS/PSA will continue, and within a few seconds, the engine will start and move
out on its own at the current throttle setting, in the same direction it was traveling when
you began the sequence. Once the bell turns off, the operator regains control of the
transformer's Bell and Horn/Whistle buttons and can ring the bell or blow the
horn/whistle as usual.
Sound System Cued to Play
Freight Yard or Passenger
Station Sounds (FYS)/(PSA)
= When
Turns Off
Tips on Using FYS/PSA
! You can terminate FYS/PSA at any time by turning off power to the track for 15
! You do not have to be in Forward to use FYS/PSA. At the conclusion of the full
sequence, the train will pull away from the station in whatever direction you were
going when you activated the feature.
! You can use FYS/PSA even if you are double-heading with another engine. If the
second engine is not equipped with Proto-Sound 2.0, you must remember not to
leave the throttle at a high voltage level once you have stopped the engine to run
the FYS/PSA. Otherwise, the engine without FYS/PSA will begin vibrating on
the track as its motors strain to move the train, since they cannot be automatically
disabled during the FYS/PSA cycle (or if an original Proto-Sound engine,
FYS/PSA are triggered differently and that engine's motor-disable feature will not
be active when you run FYS/PSA in Proto-Sound 2.0).
! FYS/PSA can be triggered from Neutral. It will operate the same as if triggered
while in motion except that, at the conclusion of the FYS/PSA, the engine will
depart in the next direction of travel, as opposed to the direction it was traveling
before entering Neutral.
Proto-Coupler® Operation
This locomotive is equipped with one or more coil-wound Proto-Couplers for remote
uncoupling action. Because Proto-Couplers are controlled through the Proto-Sound 2.0
microprocessor, they do not require an uncoupling track section or modification to your
layout to function. You can fire a coupler from neutral or while in motion. Use the code
shown below (and in the chart on page 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/Whistle 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
= Coupler
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Front Coupler:
To fire the front coupler (if your engine has one), quickly tap the Bell button once followed
by four quick taps of the Hor n/Whistle 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.
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/whistle button one time then quickly tap the Bell button two times,
allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press. Repeat the 1
horn/whistle, 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.
Speed Control
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Lock 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/Whistle button once followed by three quick taps of the
Bell button, allowing approximately ½ second to lapse between each quick button press.
Two horn/whistle 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/whistle, 3
bells code to return the engine to its normal condition, even if the engine is kept without
power for extended periods of time.
Direction Lock
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
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Reset to Factory Defaults:
To override the settings you currently have assigned to the engine and reset it to its factory
defaults, while in Neutral tap the Horn/Whistle 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/whistle blasts will indicate that the engine has made the change.
Engine in
Two Whistle Blasts
(indicates change is made)
Repeat to Return
to Normal Condition
Automatic Sounds:
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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Lubricating and Greasing Instructions
The engine should be well oiled and greased in order to run properly.
Regularly lubricate all axles and pickup rollers to prevent squeaking. Use light
household oil, such as that found in M.T.H.'s maintenance kit. Do not over oil.
Use only a drop or two on each pivot point.
Lubricate Pick Up Roller Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubricate All Wheel Axles (L)
Lubrication Points on the Locomotive
The locomotive’s internal gearing was greased at the factory and should not need
additional grease until after 50 hours of operation or one year, whichever comes
first. Follow the greasing instructions below. Note that in some tightly packed
engines you may need to move internal components temporarily in order to access
the gears.
1. To access the gear box, remove the cab from the chassis by unscrewing the body
mount screws shown below and lifting the cab from the chassis.
Body Mount Screw
Body Mount Screws
Motor Mount Screw
Body Mount Screws
Motor Mount Screw
Body Removal Screw Locations
2. Once the cab is removed, remove the trucks by unscrewing the black Phillips
motor mount screw located on the underside of the drive trucks (see above).
3. Once the motor mount screw has been removed, pull the motor away from the
truck block and lightly coat the motor worm gear and bronze drive gear (in the
truck block) with grease.
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4. Reassemble the truck and motor, being careful not to pinch any wires between
the truck block and motor mount.
5. After repeating the procedure for the other motor, reassemble the chassis and
body, being careful that the wire harnesses are not caught between the chassis and
body, and reinstall the body mount screws.
Lubricate the outside truck block idler and drive gears with grease. Use the
diagram shown below as a guide and add grease to the points marked.
Grease Idler Gear (G)
Greasing The Idler Gears
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 and prematurely wear out the
neoprene traction tires. Wheels and tires can be
cleaned using denatured (not rubbing) alcohol applied
with a cotton swab.
Maintenance Kit (30-50010)
To clean the track, use
RailKing Track Cleaning Fluid found in Maintenance Kit
(30-50010) or denatured (not rubbing) alcohol and a clean
rag. Unplug the transformer and wipe the rails of the
track, turning the rag frequently to ensure that you are
using clean cloth on the rails. Thereafter, keep an eye on
the track and clean it when it gets dirty to ensure good
electrical contact and to lengthen the life of the tires.
Clean any type of track with this heavy-duty track
cleaning block (40-1099). Durably constructed from ABS
plastic, the block includes a built-in cleaning pad. For
really stuborn track, you can insert sandpaper into the
block in just a few quick steps.
Track Cleaning Block (40-1099)
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Traction Tire Replacement Instructions
Your locomotive is equipped with two neoprene rubber traction tires on each
powered truck block. While these tires are extremely durable, you may need to
replace them at some point.
First, remove the truck sides from the truck block. To do this, turn your engine
upside down. If there are visible Phillips screw heads between the truck frame and
truck block (see below), go to step A. If not, go to step B.
A. Remove the two Phillips screws that attach each truck side to the truck block.
B. Remove the trucks (see page 11) from the chassis and the truck sides from the
trucks in order to slip the new tire over the grooved drive wheel. Once the truck
sides have been removed:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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
Truckside Screws
Truckside Screws
(Reference Picture OnlyActual Model May Look Different)
5. Reassemble in reverse order.
One set of replacement tires is packaged with the model. Additional tires are
available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department (Order online:, e-mail:,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-3812500, Mail: 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
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Locomotive Light Bulb Replacement
To replace burned out light bulb on this locomotive, follow these instructions.
Follow the cab removal instructions in the “Lubrication and Greasing
Instructions” section on pg. 10 of this manual.
Once the body has been removed, locate the burned out light bulb(s). Carefully
remove bulb(s) from mounting.
Disconnect light bulb harness from main wire harness.
Connect replacement bulb harness and reassemble in reverse.
Replacement bulb harnesses are available directly from the M.T.H. Parts
department. (Order online:, e-mail:,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
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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.
Battery Charger Port
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:
Battery Charger Port Location.
• Leave the engine in neutral with track voltage at 10-12 volts
for 6-7 hours so the battery can fully recharge (if your engine has a
smoke unit, be sure it is turned off).
•Use M.T.H.'s battery recharger (Item No. 50-1019) (sold separately) that
plugs into a wall outlet and a special port under the engine to recharge the
battery overnight without leaving it on the track.
Replace: If the sounds are not improved at the end of the 15-minute test charge,
it is time to replace the battery. Available through M.T.H. Parts:
(Item No. 50-1024) AA NiCad Proto-Sound® Battery
DO NOT substitute alkaline batteries for these NiCad batteries. Using alkaline
batteries in this system can result in damamge to the PS 2.0 circuit board and/or
the batteries.
**Do not use alkaline batteries for testing or checking purposes for the 3-Volt PS2
boards. Using alkaline batteries will damage the 3-Volt battery charging circuit.**
Lift Out Battery
Battery Location.
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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 (, e-mail:,Fax: 410-423-0009, Phone: 410-381-2500, Mail: 7020 Columbia
Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532, ).
Starting Up
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
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.
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
press the whistle button.
quickly. Try pressing the
whistle/horn button more slowly,
taking approximately one full
second to fully depress the button.
When I press the whistle button,
the bell sounds.
I can’t get the bell to ring when I
press the bell button.
Reverse the transformer leads.
You may be pressing the button
too quickly. Try pressing the bell
button more slowly, taking
approximately one full second to
fully depress the button.
The bell won’t work on a separate Check the wiring of the separate
bell button.
When I try to fire the coupler,
FYS/PSA starts.
You are waiting too long between
whistle button presses.
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.
The coupler does not fire or stay
The coupler needs to be cleaned.
Wipe with denatured alcohol (not
rubbing alcohol) and let dry.
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Cab Chatter
Sometimes the Cab Chatter
sounds don’t play.
Cab Chatter plays only in neutral
at random intervals.
I can’t get the engine to run after I The engine is locked into the
power up the transformer. It sits
neutral position. Follow the
procedure in the “Lock into a
Direction” section.
Engine speed must be below 10
The engine won’t lock into
scale mph (approx. 10 volts or
forward, neutral, or reverse.
less in conventional mode).
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
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”
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.
The FYS/PSA sounds occasionally Proto-Sound 2.0 has a built-in
repeat themselves.
random number generator that
randomly selects each sound clip
to play. Because there are a
limited number of sound clips
available in each FYS/PSA
sequence, it is probable that some
of these sound clips will be
repeated from time to time.
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Once in FYS, the engine doesn’t
go into reverse.
So that FYS/PSA effects can be
as realistic as possible, Proto-
Sound 2.0 disables the
reversing unit whenever
FYS/PSA is enabled. This way
the engine remains still at its
stop as the operator cycles
through the
When the FYS/PSA enters its last FYS/PSA is programmed to start
ringing the bell at that point. After
sequence the bell automatically
approximately 12 seconds it will
comes on.
automatically turn off.
When FYS/PSA is enabled,
pressing the whistle and bell
buttons has no effect.
Because FYS/PSA must control
various effects in each sequence,
Proto-Sound 2.0 takes control of
these sound effects until you exit
I push the direction button but the
next sound clip in the sequence
does not play or the engine does
not come out of FYS/PSA after
fourth press of the direction
Each FYS/PSA clip must play for
approx. 30 seconds before
FYS/PSA will advance to the next
step in the FYS/PSA cycle. Wait
at least 30 seconds in each
FYS/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.
Center Rail
Outside Rail
MTH Z-500
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
MTH Z-750
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
MTH Z-1000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
MTH Z-4000
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
Lionel 1032
Lionel 1032M
Lionel 1033
Lionel 1043
Lionel 1043M
Lionel 1044
Lionel 1053
Lionel 1063
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Dallee Hostler
Left Terminal
Right Terminal
Lionel LW
Lionel KW
A or B
Lionel MW
Outside Track
Inside Track
Lionel RS-1
Red Terminal
Black Terminal
Lionel RW
Lionel SW
Lionel TW
Lionel ZW
A,B,C or D
Lionel Post-War
Series ZW
A,B,C or D
135/190 Watt
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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
Railking E-8 AA Diesel Engine Proto-Sound®2.0
Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
When you suspect an item is defective, please check the operator's manual for standard operation and troubleshooting techniques that may correct the problem. Additional information may be found on the M.T.H. Website.
Should you still require service, follow the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
First, e-mail, write, call or fax M.T.H. Electric Trains or a M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) in your area
to obtain Repair Authorization. You can find the list of ASCs on the M.T.H. Website,
Authorized Service Centers are required to make warranty repairs on items sold only from that store; all other
repairs may-- or may not be done at the store's own discretion. If you did not purchase the item directly from
the ASC, you will need to select a National Authorized Service Center (NASC) or contact M.T.H. Electric Trains
directly. NASC Dealers are compensated by M.T.H. to perform warranty service for any customer whose repair
qualifies for warranty service. A list of NASC retailers can be located on the M.T.H. Website or by calling 410381-2580. Should the warranty no longer apply, you may choose either an ASC or NASC retailer to service your
M.T.H. Product. A reasonable service fee will be charged.
CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam and plastic
wrapping material to prevent damage to the merchandise. There is no need to return the entire set if only one
of the components is in need of repair unless otherwise instructed by the Service Center. The shipment must be
prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name, address, daytime
phone number, e-mail address (if available), Return Authorization number (if required by the service
center, a copy of your sales receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to facilitate
the repairs. Please include the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a
service technician when contacting the Service Center for your Return Authorization.
Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise for service.
Authorized M.T.H. Service Centers are independently owned and operated and are not agents or representatives
of M.T.H. Electric Trains. M.T.H. assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for material left in their
possession, or work done, by privately owned M.T.H. Authorized Service Centers.
If you need assistance at any time email MTH Service at, or call 410 381-2580.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer are covered by this warranty.
See our Website to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer near you.
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding wear items such as light bulbs, pick-up rollers, batteries, smoke unit wicks, and traction
tires. We will replace or credit (at our option) any defective item with a manufactured suggested retail price of
$279.95 or less (excluding all motive power and electronic items), if the item is returned to an M.T.H. Authorized
Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center (NASC) within one year of the original date
of purchase. For any item with an MSRP greater than $279.95 (including all motive power and electronics), We
will repair, replace or credit (at our option) the defective item without charge for the parts or labor, if the item is
returned to an M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) or M.T.H. National Authorized Service Center (NASC)
within one year of the original date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damages caused by improper care,
handling, or use. Transportation costs incurred by the customer to ship the product for warranty service are not
covered under this warranty.
Items sent for repair must be accompanied by a return authorization number, a description of the problem, and
a copy of the original sales receipt from an Authorized M.T.H. Retailer stating the date of purchase. If you are
sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their return authorization.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state. Specific
questions regarding the warranty may be forwarded to M.T.H. directly.
Service Department
M.T.H. Electric Trains
7020 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD 21046-1532
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