I just bought my first MTH loco. I have many Lionel, Williams, K-Line, Weaver but I’m new to MTH. I bought a Scale GG1 in Tuscan 5 stripe. The first thing I noticed was the casting for the body is complete garbage. It should never have been painted. It reminded me immediately of the Williams TCA 25th Anniversary GG1 I have. I had to fill and sand and fill and sand it before I could repaint it. The MTH didn’t come with any instructions so the odd noises it made upon startup had me worried. I’ve come to realize it’s normal for that model. I found the online instructions and printed a copy. This is where I am confused. I read that it has a battery, I assume it’s for the sounds. It said that if the battery needs charging to place the loco on the powered track for 16 hours. Who in their right mind would do this? Did I misunderstand the instructions or did it tell me to leave thousands of dollars worth of electronics powered up to charge one battery? I wouldn’t do that for 16 minutes. Let alone 16 hours. The seller said he put a new MTH battery it the model before I purchased it. How long can I expect it to last? Have these issues been resolved with new models or is this just the way things are done at MTH? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to bash on anybody. I really like my MTH rolling stock, buildings, & RealTrax. I’m just not sure if they are on par with Lionel Locomotives.
You have to leave it on the track for around 12-16 hours before you can run it. I have to do this with my PS SW1 and 2-6-0 from 1995 until I can get solid operation out of them. Put it in neutral and let it sit on a track somewhere. It won’t take off or move unless the power is interrupted and turned up again immediately.