Greetings MTH Masters,
I have an issue that I hope by posting here can help me resolve.
I have an MTH 20-3044-1 FEF 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive that is in need of a Constant Voltage board.
The story is this Locomotive was running PS2.. The board gave up the ghost and I opted to upgrade it to PS3. I did research here and found that it was an easy process for someone experienced in working with working on small things and knows some about electronics. I ordered the PS3 upgrade kit from All Aboard Trains making sure it was the correct board by taking to Cary the owner. The kit arrived and I proceeded to upgrade the locomotive. The instruction guide was someone helpful but I have to make quite a few modifications. I mounted the PS3 board in the Tender and replaced the rear coupler and speaker. The speaker didn't fit quite right because it has a thinner frame than the original.
With the Tender complete I moved onto the Locomotive. I removed the PS2/Constant voltage board (one unit) from the loco. Then I removed the smoke unit. I mounted the tether bracket (which did not fit at all). I connected the wires to the smoke unit and headlight. I still had wires for the Marker Lights, Firebox, Cab and the Red backup light above the Head Light.
I didn't have anyplace to plug them into because the instructions say to attach them to the Constant Voltage board.. I didn't have one. So I mounted the existing PS2/CVB back in the loco and connected track power and ground, Attached the lights and tested.. It didn't work..
I contacted Cary at All Aboard Trains and he was very nice but was not able to help me. He told me that he never saw the PS2/CVB as one unit in the Loco. Normally there is a CVB in the loco and the PS2 board in the Tender.
This is not the case here.. Does anyone know what I need to do? I am thinking that I need a Constant Voltage Board that I can mount in the loco and attach the lights to. I don't know what I need to do about the Red nose backup light..
Thank you for any help you can give. If you need any more pictures I can do that. I also recorded the upgrade but I haven't edited yet.
Here is a pictute of the PS2/CVB that was in the Locomotive. I tried to separate them but they would not come apart.