Good day all.
I got my layout all cleaned and ready to run again and noticed a Mikes Train House GP7 with Proto Sounds 1.0 would not want to go out of reset mode after first turning it on. When I changed directions or turned the transformer on and off, I would hear the "click" sound, as if the system went back into reset. It would no longer go into gear.
I've heard all sorts of issues with PS1 and locomotive issues, but wanted to change the battery before I rushed to judgement. I bought a new 9V alkaline battery at the store, put it in and gave it a test. Now the locomotive won't make the click sound right away after trying to change directions or turning the transformer on and off. It will go through the process of activating the front headlight or backup light after changing directions...but still it will not run in any direction.
Now MTH says in their own manual: "The Proto-Sound® battery (located in the tender body), is a special NiCad7-cell, 8.4v battery -NOT the 6-cell, 7.2v battery found in most convenience stores. The battery is continually charged from the track when power isapplied above 11 volts. Should last for up to five years. In addition, the NiCad battery is a dry battery and should not leak or cause any damage to your locomotive during its lifetime. The 6-cell NiCad is NOT recommended for use with Proto-Sound® applications."
That being said, there is no reason why a throw away 9V battery will not work. Also, the batter I took out of mine (a used locomotive when I bought it) is apparently a true 9V rechargeable NiMh battery...not NiCad and not a reduced voltage as the owner's manual states. If the outbound rechargeable battery is a true 9V, a trow away true 9V battery should not cause an issue right?
I am using an old school ZW transformer. I also tried it on different tracks and transformers to no avail. I have tried less than and more than 10 volts as a start up voltage, there is no difference in outcome. Before I noticed the locomotive would not go into gear, the Proto Sounds sounded fine...but the manual said if it didn't want to go into forward or reverse, that it likely is the battery.
Am I doing something wrong? Is this one of those PS1 total failure scenarios I hear about? Is there some special process to reset the system after a battery change that is above and beyond what the manual states? Any and all help would be appreciated. It's a nice locomotive (Bangor & Aroostook). The only downside is the horn and bell are a bit on the quiet side at full volume...often drown out by many other locomotives running at the same time. Please forgive me if this thread is repeated elsewhere on the forum. For some reason the form is very slow now I can't search. Thanks for your time.