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C2042FC3-45F9-4822-8FB9-4481A4DF0529C2042FC3-45F9-4822-8FB9-4481A4DF0529Hi,

I just purchased an MTH RailKing 30-1152-1 Reading Crusader Steam Locomotive Cab#118.

i bought this locomotive off of EBay and it was advertised as NIB. I don’t doubt that despite the fact that I had an issue with a traction tire that I ended up cutting off.

At any rate, since this engine was produced around 2000 and not run much, if at all, I suspect that the battery probably needs replacement if it is indeed the original one.

It ran well, smoked and chuffed just fine. I did have trouble with the PFA (train station announcements) not working. I tried the reset procedure and still nothing, At any rate after running the engine for a while I noticed the chuffing sounded echoed and distorted. I tried on track charging and it didn’t help.

Decided to replace the battery with a standard 9V version until I get a new MTH proto sound one. No small task to get the battery out from its plastic receptacle. Was afraid I’d break it but was gentle enough.

The 9V hasn’t improved the echoing but the PFA did work once.

Do the new batteries come PRr-charged or do I have to fire up the engine and let it charge that way?

I’m assuming a worn down battery can cause distortion?

 Thanks 😊 

 

 

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Besides replacing that 19 yr. old original white 8.4v ni-cad with either a 8.4v NiMh or J&W's BCR, I would inspect the speaker to see if there are particles around the cone and magnet that would indicate that the speaker has deteriorated over that same 19 yr. period.  IIRC MTH had a batch of speakers that tended to break down.  Your initial sounds might have shaken the brittle speaker components which would explain why later runs were distorted or muffled.  FWIW, you can decide how much you want to spend on the "battery" replacement (Nimh@$4.50each or BCR@$25) based on what you paid for the engine, how much or often you will run the engine and how long you plan to keep the engine.

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Keystone posted:

Besides replacing that 19 yr. old original white 8.4v ni-cad with either a 8.4v NiMh or J&W's BCR, I would inspect the speaker to see if there are particles around the cone and magnet that would indicate that the speaker has deteriorated over that same 19 yr. period.  IIRC MTH had a batch of speakers that tended to break down.  Your initial sounds might have shaken the brittle speaker components which would explain why later runs were distorted or muffled.  FWIW, you can decide how much you want to spend on the "battery" replacement (Nimh@$4.50each or BCR@$25) based on what you paid for the engine, how much or often you will run the engine and how long you plan to keep the engine.

Great advice.

 Thanks 👍

Keystone posted:

Besides replacing that 19 yr. old original white 8.4v ni-cad with either a 8.4v NiMh or J&W's BCR,..

I hasten to add, my YLB - RailSounds Battery Replacement product is actually NOT a suitable replacement for an MTH battery.  The YLB is specifically designed to replace the Lionel RailSounds battery in Lionel conventional, TMCC, or Legacy locomotives.  For MTH PS/1 and 5V PS/2, you need the 9V supercap replacement, the brand name unit is the BCR.

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