M.T.H. | 3243R | Operating instructions | M.T.H. 3243R Operating instructions

Tinplate Traditions®
Traditional 3243R
Electric Engine
Operating Instructions
Thank you for purchasing the M.T.H. Tinplate Traditions 3243R Locomotive. This
locomotive runs on Standard Gauge three-rail track and can handle a 72” curve. It runs
on 14-20 volts AC (Alternating Current).
Warning: Do not lift this engine by its handrails. They cannot support the weight of the
Mechanical Reversing Unit
The locomotive is stopped, started, and reversed by means of the reversing
“E-Unit” located inside the locomotive. The E-Unit is a four-position
sequence relay that cycles whenever current to the locomotive is interrupted.
The engine may come up in forward, neutral or reverse.
Firmly press and release the Direction button on the transformer or quickly
drop and restore the throttle to allow the engine to change direction. Just as
you must stop your automobile between forward and reverse, this engine will
not go directly from forward to reverse; it goes into neutral between directions.
If the train has been moving forward, the first press of the Direction button
will put the train from forward into neutral, the second press into reverse, the
third press back into neutral, and the fourth back into forward.
If you want to operate the train in one direction only, which is necessary if you
have automatic stations or insulated blocks in your layout, you must “lock out”
the E-Unit.
1. Make sure the locomotive is moving in the desired direction, then turn off
the track power.
2. Move the E-Unit lever to the “OFF” position.
If the E-Unit is locked out while it is in the Neutral position, the locomotive
will not run at all. Because the E-Unit worked partially by gravity, it may not
operate properly if the locomotive is held on its side or upside down.
E-Unit “Off Position”
E-Unit “On Position”
Figure 1. Positioning the E-Unit Switch to Lock or Un-Lock the Direction
Tinplate Traditions 3243R Electric Engine
Lubricating the Locomotive
Use motor oil (10W-40 or 10W-30) for lubrication. Apply oil sparingly, using
a toothpick or similar applicator. Before beginning, please be sure to have
several toothpicks and cotton swabs handy to apply oil and clean up the excess.
Familiarize yourself with the location of the oiling points (see Fig. 2 on page
4) before beginning. Apply oil before operating and after every seven hours of
Lubricating the Wheel Gears (Fig. 2, #1)
Slowly turn the drive wheels by hand and apply oil to the wheel gears until all
teeth on all four gears are moist. Wipe away excess oil with a cotton swab.
Lubricating the Intermediate Gears (Fig. 2, #2)
Slowly turn the drive wheels by hand and oil the six intermediate gears until all
gear teeth are moist. Note: Four gears are double-gears: both sets of teeth
should be oiled. Wipe away excess oil with a cotton swab.
Lubricating the Ends of the Armature Shafts (Fig. 2, #3)
On the geared end of the armature shafts: place a single drop of oil at the point
where the shafts just protrude through the bearings.
On the other end of the armature shafts: place a single drop of oil where the
shafts extend through the insulating plate between the brass brush holders. Do
not put oil on the brush holders.
Wipe away excess oil with a cotton swab.
Lubricating the Drive Axles (Fig. 2, #4)
Position one end of the locomotive downward so that you can see one of the
drive axles on each motor. Using a toothpick or length of wire, carefully apply
two drops of oil to the axles at all four bronze bearings.
Turn the locomotive around so that you can see the other two drive axles.
Carefully apply two drops of oil on the axles at the bronze bearings.
Lubricating the Pickup Rollers (Fig. 2, #5)
Apply a small drop of oil at the axles of the pickup rollers. Wipe away excess
oil with a cotton swab. The rolling surface should be free of oil.
Tinplate Traditions 3243R Electric Engine
Figure 2. Lubrication Diagram
Replacing the Lamps
The 3243R uses one type of bulbs (clear) it is a 18v screwbase bulb.
To replace a burned out bulb, twist the bulb counter clockwise until the bulb
comes out, then screw in the replacement bulb.
Replace the clear headlamps with M.T.H. MS-0000016 clear lamps.
Replacement bulbs are available directly from the M.T.H. Parts Department
(phone: 410-381-2580; e-mail: parts@mth-railking.com; mail: 7020
Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD 21046-1532).
Tinplate Traditions 3243R Electric Engine
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 followed 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 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 transformer should not be used until properly repaired.
- As with all electrical appliances, this product should not be left in operation
when unattended.
Tinplate Traditions 3243R Electric Engine
Tinplate Traditions 3243R Electric Engine
Tinplate Traditions 3243R Electric Engine
Service & Warranty Information
How to Get Service Under the Terms of the Limited One-Year Warranty
For warranty repair, follow the instructions below to obtain warranty service.
1. First, e-mail, write, call or fax an Authorized M.T.H. Service Center in your area or M.T.H.
Electric Trains to obtain Repair Authorization. You can find the list of Authorized Service Center s
on the M.T.H. website, www.mth-railking.com. Otherwise, contact M.T.H. (at e-mail:
service@mth-railking.com; 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046; tel:
410-381-2580; fax: 410-423-0009), stating when the item was purchased and describing the
problem. If you contact M.T.H., you will be given a return authorization number to assure that your
merchandise will be properly handled upon its receipt.
2. CAUTION: Make sure the product is packed in its original factory packaging including its foam
and plastic wrapping material so as to prevent damage to the merchandise. The shipment must be
prepaid and we recommend that it be insured. A cover letter including your name, address, daytime
phone number, e-mail address (if available), Return Authorization number, a copy of your sales
receipt and a full description of the problem must be included to facilitate the repairs. Please
include the description regardless of whether you discussed the problem with a service technician
when contacting the Service Center or M.T.H. for your Return Authorization.
3. Please make sure you have followed the instructions carefully before returning any merchandise
for service.
Limited One-Year Warranty
All M.T.H. products purchased from an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant are covered by this
See our website at or call 1-888-640-3700 to identify an Authorized M.T.H. Train Merchant near
M.T.H. products are warrantied for one year from the date of purchase against defects in material or
workmanship, excluding light bulbs 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 Authorized M.T.H.
Service Center or M.T.H. Electric Trains 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 the item to M.T.H., call 410-381-2580, fax
410-423-0009, or e-mail the Service Department at to obtain a return authorization number. If you
are sending this product to an Authorized Service Center, contact that Center for their return
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state t o
Service Department: M.T.H. Electric Trains 7020 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia MD 21046-1532
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