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RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Jim Haley ·
I am replacing all the batteries in my MTH locos with BCR replacements. I opened my RK-1113L PS1 Dryfuss Hudson (purchased second hand) but there is no 9V battery that I can see (or any battery at all). There are two boards stacked in the tender and one has an almost battery sized black box but it soldered to the board and does not look like a battery. The black box has a sticker on it that says QSI Patent No.'S 4,914, 431,5, 184, 078 & Patents pending. Anyone know where my battery is? I...
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

sinclair ·
All I know is that years ago when I was getting into O gauge and had found PS-1 locomotives cheap on eBay, I looked into them (This was after PS-1 was out.). I did some research and found out about the low battery issue. Now that I knew about it, I would just replace the batteries when I got the locomotives. But in my research, I found a web page (I believe it was on the old Protosounds site MTH had.) that quoted a MTH spokesman saying that Protosound locomotives could be run without...
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

WRGMILW ·
THAT is either a loco sound or electronic whistle version tender NOT PROTO SOUND ! I can tell by the coupler style ! Sorry for the bad news
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

sinclair ·
Actually the Protosound version of that locomotive didn't come with a Protocoupler either, I know because I have it. MTH had a kit you could buy to add it later, but have long since quit offering it. But yes, that is not a Protosound version of the locomotive. Put it on the track and add power. If you get sounds, then someone added Locosounds to it. If you get no sounds, and only a whistle, then you have conventional version, which is why the price was so good. Here are the two versions of...
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Jim Haley ·
Thank you everyone. Not having proto sounds explains a lot. I don't mind, still love the Engine as I have other engines that Chuff and it gets too loud/chaotic if every engine chuffs. But it does explain why the whistle is not super high quality. Thank you for confirming I don't need to replace a battery! Looking at the box it says equipped with electronic whistle and "optional equipped with proto sound". I am sure I knew a long time ago (ie when purchased) that all it had was an electronic...
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

D500 ·
PS-1 does not need a battery to run. I removed most of them from mine, back when I messed with conventional. There is no sound when you change direction. I did this with 5 or 6 locos (only way I could get my 2 GP38's to reliably sync-up when double-heading); they all work fine. Eliminates the "dead battery chip death", too. True of all PS-1's? Dunno.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Marty Fitzhenry ·
That was a cheapy. It was and my guess is, it still is an excellent runner.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

sinclair ·
Most PS-1 locomotives will run fine without a battery. The battery is needed for programming and maintaining sounds, not to cycle the reverser. MTH even released a document about running them batteryless at one point.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

gunrunnerjohn ·
I put one on the bench, without the battery, it just resets and comes up in neutral. If there's a way to run without a battery, I haven't heard about it. Do you have any links to such a technique? Here's a quote from George (GGG) who probably has as much knowledge of the QSI and PS/1 boards as anyone here. I tend to believe him before blanket comments that I can demonstrate on my bench are not true. GGG posted: This is from the thread: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...y-scramble-issue-tip
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Gregg ·
Most MTH early proto-1s will leave neutral without a battery. ( up to around 96). After that the battery was required. My challenger (94) had a battery switch on the front of the tender (really hard to get at) . If you forgot to turn it off , the whistle would blow continuously after a minute or so, I usually didn't make it all the way up the basement stairs.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

gunrunnerjohn ·
That's a far cry from "Most PS/1 locomotives". See previous post.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

gunrunnerjohn ·
HUH? Explain how you get it out of neutral? You may be talking about pre-PS/1 QSI boards, but the MTH boards require a battery or you'll just have a static display with sound.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Dan Padova ·
I just received my MTH Railing Dreyfus Hudson from a seller on Ebay. I'm quite impressed with it. I placed it on my test track and powered it up last night. It's #RK-1113LP. I have yet to go through the manual completely before I run it on my temporary layout. But as I said, I am pleased with what I have seen so far. As a side note, someone has a five car set of Williams New York Central heavyweights, for sale on Ebay. I think they would look nice behind the Hudson. I haven't seen the...
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Well, I tested it on the bench, and an older QSI board works without the battery, but none of the PS/1 boards I have do. You may have simply had older boards by luck of the draw.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Jon G ·
That is a DCRU with a whistle board attached to it. No battery required.
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Re: RK-1113L Protosound 1 PS1 Dryfuss Hudson without battery?

Dan Fender ·
I'm just glad that I was prudent about keeping the batteries in my two MTH PS 1 engines consistently charged prior to switching them to BCRs a few years ago. I actually had gone to the trouble before that of installing the optional charging jack kits MTH sold in both engines (which was a unexpectedly involved process given the way the wire harness had to be connected) and religiously used the included wall wart to charge them both up before use on the annual holiday layout. And I know I...
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New RK UP 1943 set and freight cars w/pictures and video

david1 ·
Went to the Tent sale of Nickolos Smith in Bromall Pa. and while I was there picked up my order of the RK UP 1943 set and the six freight cars. Allot of things on sale and almost everything 10% to 20% off. The RK UP 1943 spirit of the Union Pacific and caboose is very well done with extra detail. The 40' hi cubes are also great with separate ladders on the corners and paint schemes are very well done. Some of the best RK freight cars I have seen. Very happy with the entire set.
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Greg Houser ·
That looks sharp!! Nice addition to your roster! -Greg
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Sunrise Special ·
Dave, Thanks for sharing! Nice train and layout! Sunrise
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Re: New RK UP 1943 set and freight cars w/pictures and video

Chris Lonero ·
Very nice! Nice collection of Menards buildings too!
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Re: ProtoSound Upgrade

Mark Boyce ·
John, Protosound 3 upgrade kits are available from MTH. A lot has to be changed out besides the boards. That includes, electro-couplers, leds, speaker, wiring harness. The kits come with everything and detailed instructions. I have done them for my own engine. Last I checked they are $199, with a discount if you join the MTH Club. Many folks on the Forum and other certified MTH technicians will do them for a charge. As you can see, it isn't an investment to be taken lightly. I think you need...
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ProtoSound Upgrade

Aegis21 ·
Is a plug in protosound system able to get a protosound 2 or 3 board? I have a RK-2501 Pennsylvaina Tuscan Red 5-Stripe GG-1 Unit that appears new in box. Any hope it can get off the conventional road so to speak? Thanks in Advance John
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Mark Boyce ·
Yes John, two of the heavyweights on upgrades and DCS in general just chimed in as I had hoped. You can't go wrong following John's and George's advice!
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Re: ProtoSound Upgrade

Mark Boyce ·
John, I post my for sale items right here on the For Sale or Trade section of this Forum. You have a better chance of getting an honest buyer. While OGR has no responsibilities for sales going bad, I have always dealt with first class people here.
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Re: ProtoSound Upgrade

Aegis21 ·
Yes I will follow this good advice and take some pics and put it up for sale on e-bay I guess. Unless there is a better idea for where to sell it? Thanks All
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Re: ProtoSound Upgrade

Aegis21 ·
Thanks all! I will test out the market for this unit and wind up selling it.
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gunrunnerjohn ·
I'm with George here, probably more cost effective to shop around for one already done.
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GGG ·
Yes to upgrade, but that is a very basic early GG-1 with big bulbs and hardly any features. They also had a mechanical coupler integrated into the truck and in some cases not changeable with a proto coupler. It was like a Post War Design. For the cost your probably better off getting a newer RK model with PS-2 3V. Or splurge on a RK PS-3. G
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Aegis21 ·
Thanks for the input, I will look around and see what I could get for this engine and the cost of a newer one with the bells and whistles.
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Aegis21 ·
So far I have also had the pleasure of dealing with first class people on this forum. I will look into how to put something up for sale. Thanks Mark
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GGG ·
I have done two or three of these. One was the gold version, some have sentimental value and folks do for that reason. It just has real limitations as a PS upgrade compared to the later RK versions MTH made. G
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MTH RK Flats w/Ertl Construction Equipment

Mike A ·
ONLY THE FIRST TWO ARE STILL AVAILABLE! These all saw light duty behind some Chessie F3s I used to have. None of the vehicles were ever removed from the flat. Price is $22 for one, $40 for two. Prices indicated include shipping east of the Mississippi, add $5 for one or $7 for two for shipping west of the Mississippi. Personal check or Paypal will work. Email shrugger59@aol.com if interested. 30-7611 MTH Construction Flat w/ERTL Tractor. 30-7612 MTH Construction Depressed Flat w/Transformer.
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