I read a few threads before posting this, and I think I am more confused than when I started, so apologies for a topic that has been discussed before. I have some MTH PS2 locomotives I bought new, and (sadly) have spent their entire lives in the box. I recently moved, and now have some room to finally explore trains with 0-54/0-72 minimums!
Anyhow, I am terrified of ruining a new locomotive and needed advice. I'm going to run these analogue (no DCS remote yet) and wasn't sure how to sort the battery in advance? So far I pulled out a Z750 and tried one loco out of the box, which basically did not go well. Reading the manual, I placed the 750 on full track power and waited 15 minutes. This brought "better" response (reversing, running), but still some quirks like not responding right away to commands etc. I stopped there for fear of ruining anything. All of this was on a short test track, I didn't set up a full loop/layout yet.
So the question: what is best practice here? Buy a Battery, an MTH (or other?) battery charger, or fire up my old ZW and leave a locomotive to charge for XX amount of time on a higher voltage/amperage?
Thanks in advance! I have some E8s, F7s, GG1 and a few others to give the treatment to.