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Hey guys-

I'm considering upgrading a few of my PS1 diesel locomotives to PS3 and am looking into sourcing an upgrade kit (50-1912).  I recall in the past that MTH club members received a discount on the upgrade kits when ordering directly from MTH, however when I look at the MTHRRC details on MTH's site I don't see any mention of it.  Does anyone know if that discount is still available for members and if so, how much each kit would cost?

Thanks!

mattrain posted:

Hey guys-

I'm considering upgrading a few of my PS1 diesel locomotives to PS3 and am looking into sourcing an upgrade kit (50-1912).  I recall in the past that MTH club members received a discount on the upgrade kits when ordering directly from MTH, however when I look at the MTHRRC details on MTH's site I don't see any mention of it.  Does anyone know if that discount is still available for members and if so, how much each kit would cost?

Thanks!

I bought one last fall as a MTHRRC member at the discount price. I want to say it was $175.

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We are an ASC for MTH and I cant seem to find any correspondence from Jeff or Jason which lists the different part numbers for proto 3.0 steam in tender boards.  I've checked with what service bulletins along with the common parts listing and I cannot find and reference to any PS3/2 part numbers (similar to Marty's original post which started this thread). Am I missing a service bulletin ?  also could you tell me the part numbers for the Proto 3.0 steam boards that go in the tender ?

Thanks to all

Hi folks

I'm back after a few years. The PS3 upgrades look neat. I read the whole thread. I've done a Williams GG1 PS 2 install and MTH GP9 PS1 to PS2 upgrade. I've also resoldered MTH steamer tethers. 

1) Is the space needed for a PS3 the same as a PS2 for a diesel? 

2) If trying to put PS3 in say... a Lionel Polar Express or Hogwarts express, the challenge would be mounting the Tach. The boards to in the tender. Right?

3) That said. has anyone done those locos, that's willing to quote an uprade?

4) If I have a 2005 RTR Christmas steamer, I'm giving to a niece this Christmas (30-4141-1), is that a 5V setup? If so, would it be cheaper to buy the upgrade kit, or to pay a ech that can get just the board? I am in NJ and can probably get the train as far away as Hennings.

Thanks

Marty ( A random Marty, clearly not the Marty)

 

 

Marty, the Polar Express could be possible, but the Hogwarts has a vertical motor and an oddball flywheel.  That one would take some work to make it happen.  I did a Hogwarts in TMCC when the Cruise Lite was available, nowadays I'm not sure what I'd do.  The Hogwart's also has the small set motor, so a newer Polar Express is a better bet with the large motor.

no that engine is a ps 2 3 volt board! and as far as the kits concerned is you can purchase it from mth for $169.00 plus shipping if you join there premier or railking club there is a feed then you get kit for the above price, otherwise it cost you 199.00 plus $18.00 shipping!

p.s I have ps2 3volt board if you would want me to replace it and not have to buy the kit! the board  would still be ps 2 3 volt and much cheaper then buying the kit especially if your paying someone to upgrade it for you! I'm in new jersey too!

Yes the board would be cheaper!

Alan

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I have a general question about the Proto-Sound 3.0 Upgrade Kits mentioned here: https://www.mthtrains.com/news/571.  These are specifically items 50-1911 and 50-1912.

1. Do these kits use the so called "PS32" board?  

2. Is it right to say they are designed for Proto-Sound 2.0 3v sound files?  If yes, why on page 33 of the upgrade manual say that the user must download a Proto-Sound 3.0 Upgrade Sound file?

3. Are the upgrades mostly geared towards owners of older original Proto-Sound locos (PS1)?  Or are they more for people that want to install a command system in a conventional locomotive, like older Lionel or 3rd Rail ones?  Or both?

4. If I have a Proto-Sound 2.0 (3v or 5v) locomotive and the circuit board dies beyond repair, are the "PS32" boards (sans the rest of the upgrade kit parts) what a ASC tech would install as a replacement board?

I know this is probably covered elsewhere, but after reading all eight pages of this thread and searching the forum I can't find answers to these specific questions.

Steam kits use the PS32 board and load 3V PS/2 files.

Diesel upgrade kits are standard PS/3 diesel boards and require PS/3 sound and chain files.

Upgrade kits are targeted for anyone that wants to add DCS command to a non-command locomotive, or for people that would like to move from TMCC to DCS.

Yes, the PS32 board is the board we use to replace both the 3V and 5V PS/2 boards, there are no more PS/2 boards available for repairs.

Steam kits use the PS32 board and load 3V PS/2 files.

Diesel upgrade kits are standard PS/3 diesel boards and require PS/3 sound and chain files.

Upgrade kits are targeted for anyone that wants to add DCS command to a non-command locomotive, or for people that would like to move from TMCC to DCS.

Yes, the PS32 board is the board we use to replace both the 3V and 5V PS/2 boards, there are no more PS/2 boards available for repairs.

As a FYI I've had no problem running PS3 steam sound files in a PS32 board, as long as the proper PS32 steam chain file is loaded. You DO NOT want to load the steam PS3 chain file associated with the PS3 steam sound file you are using, just the PS3 sound file. Leave the PS32 steam chain file alone.

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