Announces Proto-Sound 2.0 Upgrade Program
Now operators can
enjoy Proto-Sound 2.0 in older M.T.H. locomotives outfitted with M.T.H.'s
original Proto-Sound sound and control system by having Proto-Sound
A brand new Proto-Sound
2.0 upgrade kit has been created for older M.T.H. and non-M.T.H. steam and diesel
locomotives (see the FAQ Section
to determine if non-M.T.H. locomotives are upgrade candidates)
and can be purchased directly from the company's website
or through an M.T.H. Authorized Retailer. Each kit consists of a Proto-Sound
2.0 circuit board, a coil wound Proto-Coupler, various wire harnesses,
new speaker, new rechargeable batteries, new mounting brackets, and
headlight and backup light bulbs. The kits are warranted for 90 days
when installed by a participating M.T.H.
Authorized Service Center. Each kit will require programming
of a sound set prior to operation. The sound sets can be downloaded
from the M.T.H. website at no charge but will require the DCS system
in order to be uploaded into the upgraded locomotive.
Virtually all features
found in factory equipped Proto-Sound 2.0 locomotives are included in
the Proto-Sound 2.0 Upgrade Kit. These include conventional and command
mode Proto Speed Control, full Ps2 digital sound effects, DCS command
features, conventional and command mode Proto-Coupler operation, conventional
and command mode synchronized puffing smoke on locomotives equipped
with fan driven M.T.H. smoke units, self recharging battery backup system
and operating headlight control.
M.T.H. strongly encourages consumers to utilize the nationwide network
Authorized Service Centers for installation of the Proto-Sound
2.0 upgrade kit. As M.T.H. has long cautioned, upgrading a locomotive
to Proto-Sound 2.0 requires significant rewiring of the locomotive,
installation of new mounting brackets, soldering and careful wire management
to prevent pinched wires that could damage the circuit boards. Consult a participating M.T.H. Authorized Service Center for installation costs. Cost are estimated to range from $99 to $150 depending on the locomotive.