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  1. This topic is to create a feedback list of various Android tables, so please share your experiences here. Notes: Power save mode: Make sure you deactivate power save features applied to the DCS app itself and turn-off power save mode on the tablet. I generally recommend changing the screen time blank timeout to longer periods of time. MTH Wifi/vs home network: If you have issues with app and you are using your home wifi or Ethernet network, connect your tablet/phone directly to the MTH WIU Wifi network it creates. Tablet lagging/Slow: When tablets get to low battery levels it typically goes into power save mode and runs the processor at lower speed levels that can cause apps to lag and may cause issues. If your tablet is running low and lagging, stop using and charge it back up. App Auto-updates in Google Play store/Apple store: If you are someone that can't update your TIU/Remote software yourself or don't stay up-to-date on when new DCS versions are released, you may want to turn off App Auto-updates. Some App updates will need updated DCS version loaded to the TIU/Remote. Tablet quality/Price: Remember that you do get what you pay for. If you are willing to spend $1000s on your train collection, be willing to spend a little bit on a good quality tablet to ensure you get good battery life, decent speed and avoid strange issues that can come up with some of the cheapest tablets out there. The application itself may be a relatively simple and lnot very demanding on the tablet processor, but you still need reliability & stability! I have personally used the inexpensive Amazon Kindles with good result but in general I recommend considering a good quality name brand tablet like Samsung to minimize the number of issues you might encounter and to get good battery life. My personal preference has been the 7" tablets but 8" is likely close enough in size to feel the same. I would expect all Apple tablets to be of high quality and not have issues noted here on very low end Android tablets. Recommend: Poloroid 7" (P7100) - Link to Menards - $39.99 Amazon 7" Kindle (8gb/16gb) - Link to Amazon.com - $49.99 Note: Using the Amazon Kindles requires additional step to get working as Google Play store is required in order to install DCS Wifi app. **See this topic for more info: Install Google Play Store on Kindle: ** Tablets with noted issues: None listed yet Not Recommended/Avoid: RCA Voyager 7" (8gb/16gb) - Link to Walmart.com - $44.98 This tablet does NOT work well with DCS app and is basically unusable. **DO NOT BUY** Engines drop to inactive list due to strange issues with the tablet OS/Wifi connection/Power save features.
  2. MTH F7 motor help!

    Have a CN F7 AA with power unit front truck motor failure. Anyone with a spare motor for replacement? MTH, etc. no replies--or not available... Truck dissasembly down to motor, power applied rear power truck is a go; front is stuck, can spin with finger and it goes at all speeds until stopped. Is this a bearing shaft failure, if so, anyone with a fix? Thanks.
  3. Thankyou!

    Thanks to all of you who helped me with tips and advice for G scale. In 3 months I've tore down O scale and have trains running in G guage. Here is an mth set of f7 warbonnets in yellow and a broken down mth hudson .
  4. New MTH Big Boy

    From the album Joe Paonessa

    Here she is running on her stand
  5. Reverse loop

    Hey I'm going to have 2 reverse loops on my G scale layout. Will an mrc reverse module work ok and will it work with mth locos.thx
  6. R1 curves

    So trying to figure how I'm gonna do this.im gonna have to use some R1 curves in a few places. Will mth f units or dash 8 6 axles run on r1?
  7. 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.
  8. USA Trains - SD70 - Photos & Video

    Most recent install of Protosound 3 in USA Trains SD70. (w/upgraded speaker, sound, smoke output)
  9. New MTH 2017 G scale Catalog

    Looks like there's a new catalog. http://mthtrains.com/news/589 GS series has the smoking quillable whistle! MTH-OneGauge-Catalog-2017.pdf
  10. Few photos of custom GS-2 / GS-4 all black with side-skirts. Final step is to paint the smoke box black. (Thank you to Chuck for the excellent side-skirt painting )
  11. 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.
  12. MTH Hudson question

    Hi guys, A while back, I traded a locomotive for a stripped out MTH Hudson. I'm having an issue when I run it, however. When I am running through Aristo wide radius turnouts (trailing points), the sliders drop down between the rails and jam. Obviously, the gauge is a little wide there. Should I attempt to correct the gauge or should I remove the sliders? Also, I note that the lead drivers do not fully touch the rails, and again, I suspect the sliders are the culprit. Any ideas? Thanks, Mark
  13. MTH Hudson (ATSF 3465)

    From the album Rayman4449's photos

  14. MTH Hudson (ATSF 3465)

    From the album Rayman4449's photos

  15. MTH Hudson (ATSF 3465)

    From the album Rayman4449's photos

  16. Test video of the MTH Hudson (One Gauge) with new Protosound 3 upgrade with PS3 sound. Items to note with this sound file: Standard steam whistle sound Playable whistle with three levels of whistle
  17. Did a test video of the GS-4 with the new PS3 upgrade and PS3 sound. (Engine has the GS-2 nose from my GS-2 engine) Items to note with this sound file: Standard steam whistle sound Playable whistle with three levels of whistle Crossing sound with Air Horn (unique to the GS class engines) Crossing sound with steam whistle
  18. This video displays the sight, sound and smoke of MTH's complete G scale American Freedom Train on the Imagination Station Kids On Track Model Railroad. This one is a family favorite! We have made a ride on video also. We hope you like them both. Check out our other videos also. https://youtu.be/3sbfLqfID_g https://youtu.be/5glJlXyfSng
  19. Updated: 11/1/17 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 v6.10 for TIU & Remote) - From MTH: DCS v6.10 (See instructions below on steps to download and install from MTH) - Or direct .Zip file here: DCS 6.10.zip (**Note: You do not need to change or upload anything to your engines. This is software only for the Remote and TIU.**)) ********************************** Version 6.10 New Features Added Record/Playback In Super Mode Required For Wi-Fi DCS Premium App (Build 2.0.1 iOS and 2.0.2 Android) . Version 6.10 Resolved Issues Addressed numerous fixes resolved with release of DCS WiFi Premium App (Build 2.0.1 iOS and 2.0.2 Android) 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.
  20. Looking for the American freedom passenger car set MTH made several years ago. John yardtrain@verizon.net
  21. This thread will be to share the scheduled deliveries of MTH product twice a month.
  22. 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):
  23. Just wanted to share that an updated version of the DCS Consumer Loader v2.34 has just been released. This is the PC software (free) for your computer to upload firmware to your TIU/Remote or upload/download sound files to MTH Protosound 2/3 engines. You can download the current version from: - MTH: http://www.mthtrains.com/dcs/downloads/dcsconsumerloader_v234/input - Rayman4449.com: http://www.rayman4449.com/DCS_Tips.htm#DCS_Software List of enhancements for this version: http://www.protosound2.com/service/loader234.htm Ps3 DCS Loader Program - Version 2.34 What’s New in version 2.34? This latest version of the DCS Consumer Loader software is used to program the DCS system components (Remote, TIU), Load sound files (in Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotives) and backup and restore the DCS Remote handheld. Among the many changes to the loader, the list below represents the most significant from previous 2.X DCS Consumer Loader software versions. Increased wait time on power cycle after loading Consume Package File. This accommodates the changed method of relaying information back to the user from the engine. The engines now use a Morse code audio response to indicate lading of software rather than lights. This is due to the software that supports Proto 3/2 engines Re-enabled Get Sound File From Engine. This can take in excess of an hour for the large PS3 sound files Added compatibility check for PS2 5V files attempting to be loaded into PS3 engines. The Loader no longer allows this due to major differences in the 5V sound files compared to the PS3 memory structure Increased reliability on Original HO PS3 Steam sound file loading Loads Code Chain Files (DSP Firmware, FPGA, CV Data). This is the zip file that allows any Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive (except existing HO steam engines) to be updated to run expanded DCC features. Removed the Get Sound File From Engine icon. Previously this function of the Loader allowed users to retrieve a copy of the sound file from their engines. This proved to be very time consuming for customers. All of the latest sound files can be obtained from our website at www.mthtrains.com The Loader now remembers the last folder you explored to. This is especially handy if you keep all your MTH files in the same folder (for example, the MY MTH Files folder that gets created when you install the Loader program. Improves the sound file and code chain file loading by automatically adjusting the data rate for files that contain more than 50% zeros. The progress sub-bar will turn yellow to indicate a temporary data rate adjustment. Previously the Loader would try at the highest data rate, determine that an error occurred in the data transfer, then try the whole sector over again. In essence, the Loader is now much, much faster. Improved communication to support USB-to-Serial adapters. Improved speed. Improved error recovery (that means you can retry mid-stream on a sound file load without having to restart everything from the beginning). Runs on Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 Enhanced display features show DSP Code version (Service Center/Dealer Loader only), Sound file size (1MB/2MB), Engine Type (5V/3V/HO), Engine Board Memory Size (1MB/2MB), and Engine AddressYou'll find complete instructions for installing and using the DCS Consumer Loader by clicking Here. NOTE: Please uninstall any previous versions of the Consumer Loader prior to installing Version 2.3. WARNING: 2.20, 2.30 & 2.34 are the ONLY DCS Consumer Loader software versions you can use to program Proto-Sound 3.0 Locomotives. Using any previous version of the DCS Consumer Loader to program a Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotive will disable the Proto-Sound 3.0 electronics and require the locomotive be returned to M.T.H. for repair. You can learn more about the issues with this warning by clicking HERE. To Use This Loader You Will Need: A standard RS 232 cable, USB-Serial adapter, or a type A-B USB (for Rev L TIU only) cable. (These are available here *Click to buy*) A STEREO mini-to-mini 1/8†audio cable available from MTH or here *Click to buy* An AC or DC Transformer. A PC running at least Windows XP. Mac users may find that running a Windows emulator might work.The below information details how the cables are to be used. Cable Types Reprogramming The Remote In order to reprogram the remote, a tether cable that connects the remote to the TIU is required. The tether cable MUST be a 4-conductor handset cord from any standard telephone. This is the cable that connects the handset to the base of the phone. (These are available here *Click to buy*)Reprogramming The TIU In order to reprogram the TIU, a standard RS 232 cable is required. This cable is to be connected between the TIU's PC Connection Port and a COM port on a PC. If your computer does not have a 9 pin RS232 Com port, but only USB ports adapter cables are available here *Click to buy* The updated Loader program also will support USB-Serial adapters from most manufacturers. For those users that own the Rev L TIU’s (released in December 2010) you can use a type A-B USB cable. This cable will also supply power to the TIU’s processor so that you don’t heave to bring along a transformer to power the TIU when you load TIU or Remote code. NOTE – The USB cable does NOT supply power to ANY of the TIU’s outputs. The mini-to-mini cable MUST BE A STEREO model. You MUST NOT use any cables that have adapters. M.T.H. p/n 50-1009 or *Click to buy*. Making Cable Connections Follow the instructions below for hooking up the cables. The DCS Loader Program will prompt you step-by-step for each of the loading options as you select them. TIU (Remote Input) Ensure the 4 conductors in the bottom of the Remote are all parallel and NOT touching one another. IF they do when you go to load the remote code your remote will power on. TIU (Proto-Cast and Proto-Dispatch Audio Jacks) The Stereo mini-to-mini cable should be fully plugged into the Proto-Dispatch and Proto-Cast audio jacks on the TIU. When power is applied to the TIU, look at the red LED. It should NOT blink or flicker at all. It MUST remain on constant. This indicates that the TIU is in Program Mode. If the LED blinks then it means your mini-to-mini cable is not stereo, you have some other adapters on the cable, or you do not have the cable plugged in fully at one or both of the jacks. NOTE: When loading the remote code and prompted by the Loader program to hold down the power button on the remote, you should notice that your remote LCD remains blank. Your remote should not power up. If it does check the handset cord cable to ensure it has 4 conductors or inspect the jacks on the TIU and the remote to ensure no pins are touching or bent over. Also, you must remove the mini-to-mini audio cable PRIOR TO loading the remote code. You must also be sure to remove power from the TIU AFTER you have loaded TIU code. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  24. MTH Dash-8 (One Gauge) - Photos

    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)