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  1. Looks like there's a new catalog. http://mthtrains.com/news/589 GS series has the smoking quillable whistle! MTH-OneGauge-Catalog-2017.pdf
  2. Photos of the MTH Big Boy in 1:32 scale. These are probably my most favorite engines to run in my collection. For more info see the following pages: Additional Photos and Product information page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Big_Boy.htm Repairs/Modifications page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Big_Boy_mods.htm These pages are accessible off my home page at: www.rayman4449.com (Click the photo to enlarge) NEW PHOTOS (09/27/2014)
  3. **UPDATED 4/17/2017** News and info on the WIU (WiFi Interface Unit) with new MTH Smart Phone App and related DCS Software update (DCS 6.00 current). The WIU and apps are now available for purchase/download. See below for details on what is required and info pages for additional help. Latest update: (4/12/2017) - New WiFi Hardware: DCS - Explorer Track Interface Unit w/Wi-Fi built-in (50-1035) - $129.95 MSRP - Availability date: Unknown - Control your trains via Wi-Fi with your smart device (phone/tablet) with a free version of the app for this device - Will not require TIU or WIU and will be like a TIU and WIU combined with a more limited feature set. - Expect this will be the device that One Gauge battery operators have been waiting for. - Premium Version of the App: Has been released to Google and Apple app stores and will be avail in the next 7 to 10 days (Update: 4/12/2017) - New premium version of the app will be release with new version of DCS 6.00 (software/firmware loaded to TIU and Remote) - DCS 6.00 will be available starting the week of 4/16/17. - Last App update improved the second and third screens by increasing each line item size to make easier to use on smaller screen devices. (Update 3/6/17) - Makes all phones now very easy to use regardless of screen size - WIU firmware update v1.1 is now available. *see below* (Update: 2/3/2016) - App update for Android and iOS now available. (Visit visit your device Google Play Store or Apple iTunes to update) Items related/required for using new WIU & App: - Android/Apple(iOS) App: (Available for download via the Apple iTunes and Google Play online stores on your Android/Apple iOS device.) - Free version: Controls up to 3 locomotives w/limited light and sound control (Available now) - Standard version: ($4.99 cost) Controls up to 99 engines and more sound/light control settings. (Available now) - Premium version: ($24.95 cost) Provides Lash-ups and switch/accessory controls. (Update: 4/12/2017: Will be avail in the next 7 to 10 days ) Note: 1) To purchase the upgraded Standard or Premium version select "...More" then "Upgrades" within the DCS app itself 2) Once you have purchased the app (either Standard or Premium) you can use it on as many other devices that are linked to your Google/Android or Apple iOS account that you want at no extra charge. You do not have to purchase the app again for each device. - WIU (WiFi Interface Unit): Now available to purchase (Click here to purchase: Buy WIU) - Note: WIU comes with USB cable for direct connection to the latest Rev L TIU that has USB port. If you have older TIU you will need a serial to USB adapter cable (Purchase serial to USB cable here) - TIU (Track Interface Unit): (Available separately or as part of DCS Control set with DCS remote) (Purchase TIU here / Purchase DCS Remote Control Set here) - w/TIU version Rev L (Latest version with USB port): Will work with your WIU without any extra cables to buy. - w/TIU versions older (Rev G, H, I etc): Need to purchase a serial to USB adapter cable (Purchase serial to USB cable here) - MTH DCS version 6.00 (Required for TIU) - Now available (See this link for help: Help on upgrading TIU/Remote to 6.00) - Link to Updated DCS Consumer Loader program for your Windows PC: www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/694-mth-dcs-consumer-loader-v500-current-version/ - Link to current DCS v6.00 for TIU & Wireless remote www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/693-mth-dcs-remote-tiu-firmware-v600-current-version/ - DCS version 6.00 is required (for TIU and Remote) in order for Premium version of app to function correctly. (Update: 4/17/17) WiFi DCS User's Guide: (Download from MTH) - Addendum to Guide: - Multiple WIUs (Connecting via Ethernet cable): To setup do the following for each WIU -- Connect the Ethernet cable from your home router/network, USB cable from TIU to WIU, attach Antenna, leave switch set to MTH, and plug in the WIU power cable. When the app first starts it looks for available WIUs. Hit the Refresh button once for every extra WIU you have on your network. (ie Press refresh once if you have 2 WIUs) Your active engine list will now be updated or you can now add engines and run trains. WiFi Firmware updates: (ver 1.1 Released 02/03/2016) Details regarding the update: WIU Wi-Fi Firmware v1.1 update To update: - Download the latest WIU Firmware *Click Here* - You will download one file (example: WIU_1.1.0.bin). No need to unzip, this is the file you select to update the firmware (See instructions in WIU user manual) - Log in to the WIU with your PC (refer to pages 9-12 in the WIU user manual *Click Here to download*) (WIU interface is called "LuCI") - Flash the WIU per the instructions in the User Manual Issue and bug reporting: If you find an issue or bug with the app please post here and the feedback will be shared with MTH: www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/727-mth-wifi-control-wiu-feedback-issue-reporting/#entry6258 Demo & Overview of the Wifi app: (Standard version) (Select 1080p HD to get max playback quality) *Note you can also swipe down to Refresh, or swipe left or right to move to the other screens* Note: The Refresh button (see GREEN arrow) that allows you to do a search and update your active engine list. WiFi Interface Unit overview: Troubleshooting Tips: 'No TIUs Found' error message: Note, I have found that upgrading the WIU to the firmware v1.1 (released on 2/3/16) has resolved all occurrences of this issue. However if you get this message first make sure you are properly connected to the MTH WIU Wifi network or have it configured for your home network correctly (as noted in the Wifi DCS Users Manual - See above for link). If connected to network, close the DCS app and restart. (you need to manually close the app not just hit the home button). If you are unsure how to close the app, try rebooting the Smartphone/Tablet. If you still get the message, Cut power to the layout/TIU and WIU and power back on. Then hit the refresh button. Engine not responding: Hit the Refresh button to update your active engine list. Make sure the engine has been added to the App by adding 'New Engine' Connecting to WIU Wifi network: Network Key for logging into WIU wifi network directly is: mthdcswifi Running DCS App on Kindle: http://www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/996-mth-dcs-wifi-app-on-kindle-install-google-play-store/ Information on the DCS - Explorer Track Interface Unit w/Wi-Fi (50-1035):
  4. Wanted to share there is a new product in the works that will likely be of interest to the Battery folks, a new mini-TIU with built in Wifi. From initial appearances, looks like this can likely be adapted for install in a tender to give you direct Wifi control to your engine and you would have your own wireless signal that you would connect your device too. Don't have any other details at this time other than what has been shared so far. **************************************************** MTH has announced a new Wi-fi hardware device, the DCS - Explorer Track Interface Unit w/Wi-fi built-in. - New WiFi Hardware: DCS - Explorer Track Interface Unit w/Wi-Fi built-in (50-1035) - $129.95 MSRP - Availability date: Nov 2017 - Control your trains via Wi-Fi with your smart device (phone/tablet) - Will not require TIU or WIU and will be like a TIU and WIU combined with a more limited feature set. - Expect this will be the device that One Gauge battery operators have been waiting for.
  5. Just completed this install of MTH Protosound 3 in a Bachmann G scale Thomas the Tank engine. Added timed Smoke, speaker, front and reverse lights.
  6. Here is a collection of photos of the MTH Hudson (One Gauge): For more info see the following pages: Additional Photos and Product information page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Hudson.htm Repairs/Modifications page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Hudson_mods.htm These pages are accessible off my home page at: www.rayman4449.com (Click the photo to enlarge) Most recent Upgrade to Protosound 3 with upgraded speaker and sound (other whistles available):
  7. Most recent install of Protosound 3 in USA Trains SD70. (w/upgraded speaker, sound, smoke output)
  8. I installed a PS3 board in my Challenger and I just tried to find the Challenger loco with the remote and the remote said that there is no engine to find. Checked wiring and appears to be good, it is acting as if it is dead. Any ideas. Bob.
  9. This a list of known DCC control equipment that has been found to have problems programming/controlling the MTH Protosound 3 engines/boards. (Some DCC equipment can have problems programing certain DCC decoders so this is not something isolated to the MTH Protosound 3 boards.) Problem DCC equipment list: (when trying to program MTH Protosound 3 boards/decoders) Marklin Central Station 2 (aka CS2): Reported issue with PS3: Has problem programming/changing CV values on some boards. Reported issue with other non-MTH DCC decoders: Has problems programming older/early Marklin decoders.
  10. Wanted to share that I am and have been a fully authorized MTH Dealer and Service and Repair center for sometime. Anyone needing assistance with their MTH engines, etc can feel free to reach out to me or post on the forum. I have a pricing and stock page posted for the One Gauge line: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH/MTH_OneGauge.htm This includes all current MTH stock, future catalog orders (including the current 2013 catalog) along with old stock/used items currently avail for sale. Raymond
  11. Wanted to share for those that have been wondering, MTH just indicated to me that PS3 upgrade kits are targeted for 2014.
  12. Updated: 4/17/17 Wanted to share that the latest version of the DCS remote and TIU firmware is now available. (Updates as always are free of charge.) This version is important as it is required in order to operate the new WiFi module (WIU) that is about to be released that allows you to control your trains with the Android/iOS app. Download: (DCS v6.00 for TIU & Remote) - From MTH: DCS v6.00 (See instructions below on steps to download and install from MTH) - Or direct .Zip file here: DCS-v6.00.zip (**Note: You do not need to change or upload anything to your engines. This is software only for the Remote and TIU.**)) ********************************** Version 6.00 New Features Added Legacy and TMCC Features Including Lash Ups Required For Wi-Fi DCS Premium App . Version 6.00 Resolved Issues Improved "Quiet Packet" Performance To Help Ensure Locomotives Are In DCS Mode When Track Power Is Applied Improved Record/Playback Performance When Switches and Accessories Are Included General Performance and Stability Enhancements Also please Note: To load this latest version of DCS you MUST use the new DCS Loader Program version 5.00: Download: (DCS Consumer Loader Program v5.00 for the PC/Computer) - From MTH here: DCS Consumer Loader Program - ver 5.0 (See instructions below on steps to download from MTH) - Or direct .Zip file from here: MTH DCS Consumer Loader v5.00.zip *You will need to update the DCS Consumer Loader program to use the Remote & TIU files.* Instructions on how to download and install the DCS Consumer Loader program direct from MTH: DCS Consumer Loader Program version 5.00 for Windows PC: (This is the software you install and run on your Windows PC to perform the TIU and Remote firmware/software updates) - Visit www.protosound2.com - Download the DCS Consumer Loader Program Version 5.00 by clicking the 'Download Now!' link. (*Click for example photo*) - Fill out the required info then select 'Go to Download Software Page'. (*Click for example photo*) - On the DCS Software Version 5.00 link either left click to download and note where the files are saved OR right-click and select 'Saved linked content as' and save to where you want. (*Click for example photo*) (Right click menus will vary based on Internet browser used) - You then have file "V5.0.0.exe". (This is a file that can self-extract, you do not need winzip or any other program to extract the files) - Use 'My Computer' or 'This PC' on your desktop or use Windows file explorer to go to where the file was saved. - Left-click the "V5.0.0.exe" file (which starts the self-extractor) - Then select the 'Browse' button and save to 'Desktop' so it's easy to find, then click 'Ok' then 'Unzip' (*Click for example photo*) - You now have two files "Setup.exe" and "MTH DCS Consumer Loader V5.0.0.msi". - Go to where they are saved and Left click the "Setup.exe" file to start the install process and complete. (MTH recommends un-installing older versions of the loader first) - Left click the "DCS Consumer Loader" shortcut on your Desktop - You will then see this screen where you can select icons to either load to TIU or load to remote. Click the appropriate icon and follow the instructions. (*Click for example photo*) - Note where you saved your DCS TIU and Remote files from the steps below. - *For Reference* DCS Consumer Loader thread: www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/694-mth-dcs-consumer-loader-v500-current-version/ You will also need: DCS version 6.00 for the TIU and Remote: (These are the DCS data files that the Consumer Loader Program uses to update your TIU and Remote) - Visit www.protosound2.com - Download the DCS Version 6.00 by clicking the 'Download Now!' link. (*Click for example photo*) - Fill out the required info then select 'Go to Download Software Page'. (*Click for example photo*) - On the DCS Software Version 6.00 link either left click to download and note where the files are saved OR right-click and select 'Saved linked content as' and save to where you want. (*Click for example photo*) (Right click menus will vary based on Internet browser used) - You then have file "DCS6_00.exe". (This is a file that can self-extract, you do not need winzip or any other program to extract the files) - Use 'My Computer' or 'This PC' on your desktop or use Windows file explorer to go to where the file was saved. - Left-click the DCS6_00.exe file (which starts the self-extractor) - Then select the 'Browse' button and save to 'Desktop' so it's easy to find, then click 'Ok' then 'Unzip' (*Click for example photo*) - You now have three files. Two are the key ones you need "tiu6p00.Dcst" & "remote6p00.Dcsr" to use with DCS Loader program. These files cannot be used on their own. For instructions on how to upgrade the TIU and Remote software see below or my website: www.rayman4449.com/DCS_Tips.htm#DCS_Software_and_Upgrade_TIU_Remote (also see my website for info and photos for needed cables, additional information and troubleshooting.) Step 1: Updating the TIU **When updating to a different version of DCS software in your TIU and remote, you should always start by updating the TIU first.** Connect your TIU to the computer using either the 9 pin serial or USB cable (Your computer can already be booted up) Plug the 3.5mm stereo audio cable ends into the TIU's "Proto-Dispatch" & "Proto-cast" ports Connect the power supply to the Fixed 1 input port OR connect the Aux power supply to the Aux power port on the TIU Start the DCS Loader program Close out of any unnecessary programs or applications and do not use the computer while the update is in progress Click the load software to TIU Icon Carefully follow the instructions on the screen. (it will instruct you to connect the serial cable and 3.5mm audio cables) Then select the "*.DCSt" file (example: "tiu5p0.DCSt") The update process should start and will tell you when you are finished Step 2: Updating the Remote Once you have updated the TIU software to the version you are wanting to use, then update the remote. Connect your TIU to the computer using either the 9 pin serial or USB cable (Your computer can already be booted up) BE SURE TO REMOVE the 3.5mm stereo audio cable ends from the TIU's "Proto-Dispatch" & "Proto-cast" ports Connect the power supply to the Fixed 1 input port OR connect the Aux power supply to the Aux power port on the TIU Start the DCS Loader 2.xx program Close out of any unnecessary programs or applications and do not use the computer while the update is in progress Ensure your remote has good batteries and test it by turning it on. Ensure the remote is off before you get started Connect the remote to the TIU with the 4-pin narrow phone cable. (Be sure to plug the remote into the Remote input port NOT the AIU port!!!) Click the load software to Remote Icon Carefully follow the instructions on the screen. (it will instruct you to connect the serial cable and remote cord) NOTE: When instructed to press the power button on the remote, the remote should remain off. If the remote powers up, it's not detecting it's plugged into the TIU. See below steps for troubleshooting. Then select the "*.DCSr" file (example: "remote5p0.DCSr") Follow the instructions on the screen The update process should start and will tell you when you are finished.
  13. Took some time to take photos of the MTH Dash-8 to share with everyone: (Note: This engine has the pilot with wide open slot for if the user decides to attach the coupler to the motor block as opposed to the frame. The engine comes from the factory with smaller opening pilots that screw in place. For more info see the following pages: Additional Photos and Product information page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Dash-8.htm Repairs/Modifications page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Dash-8_mods.htm These pages are accessible off my home page at: www.rayman4449.com (Click the photo to enlarge)
  14. I picked up a couple of these MTH Russian Iron (aka 'Blue') boilered Triplexes (One Gauge) with a recent purchase and wanted to share some photos on what the production model actually looked like. I haven't seen many good quality pics that I felt accurately depicted the actual tone of blue/grey the production model had. Most people (including myself originally) preferred the black boiler version but having seen the blue in person I have to say it does look good. For more info see the following pages: Additional Photos and Product information page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Triplex.htm Repairs/Modifications page: http://www.rayman4449.com/MTH_Triplex_mods.htm These pages are accessible directly off my homepage at: www.rayman4449.com (Click the photo to enlarge)
  15. I'm in the process of building a 2 level around-the-room layout. The upper level is G scale and the lower level is O gauge. I will be running DCS and Lionel Legacy on the O gauge. I want to run DCS, MTS, and Conventional on the G scale. I have several questions: 1. I may want to use 2 channels of a TIU for G scale and 2 channels for O gauge. Can you run AC on 2 channels and DC on the other 2? 2. I expect to have 3 TIU's and would want to run in Super TIU mode. Will that be a problem with one TIU split between DC and AC? 3. I believe MTS is AC. So, I couldn't run it along with DCS (assuming I am running DC). If I decided to run DCS in AC, would I be able to run MTS and DCS on the same track (like you can with DCS and Lionel Legacy)? Thanks for any help you can offer.
  16. If you have a powered up layout in current operation there may come the time when you will want to use an unpowered siding or staging track like I do where you add the engine to an unpowered section of track, add power and drive it off. When you add power to a DCS engine, it first looks for a 'watchdog' signal which is sent by the TIU only when first turned on. After the TIU is turned on, the only way to trigger this signal to be sent again later is to hit the 'READ' button on the remote. (which is easy enough) But this idea just brought up (and many thanks to Chuck for sharing this with me) is the use of a DCS Remote Commander box passively connected to each siding. (set pictured below) These were created for inexpensive starter O gauge sets intended to control just one engine. However if you connect the DCS Remote Commander box to a siding passively (ie. Connect the red and black terminals to the siding) when the siding is powered up it will generate the watchdog signal automatically so you dont need to hit the 'READ' button when powering it up. (Also note that it does not matter what power polarity the DCS Commander box sees, it will still transmit the watchdog signal and the engine will still receive it so just connect a wire from each rail to each terminal and go.) Why this is important: If a DCS equipped engine receives track power without receiving the watchdog signal it assumes that it is supposed to run under regular analog track power and will power up and start running. So if you want to run an engine under remote control you will want to make sure you send the watchdog signal to the engine at the time it is powered up so it waits for remote commands. http://www.mthtrains.com/content/50-1033 Great tip and will be buying a couple of these for my two staging tracks on my layout. I'm trying to find out now if the box is available separately. If anyone is looking for these let me know and I can get a price for you. Raymond
  17. 3 hours ago Hi guys i am trying to find out what kind of PS2 boards are in my 70-3002-1 gauge one challenger. i am also wanting to know where I can purchase a new set of boards from as I live in Australia. I don't want to use the local mth tech. He has already tried to charge me a $100.00 fee to just to supply the boards. I also wanted to know the part numbers for these boards Please advise quentin