Proto 2000 series

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jambo101, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. jambo101

    jambo101 Member

    Just bought a Limited Edition Proto 2000 series SW8/900 locomotive with factory installed DCC & sound,any one have any comments on this company? I also plan on using it with an older style MRC transformer,am i going to have any problems? as i'm new to this DCC stuff.
  2. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    I have several P2K locos with and without DCC & sound and have had great success with them. My layout is currently DC and powered with a five year old MRC power pack. I have no problems running the DCC locos with sounds.
  3. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    You should be fine, although you should really define "older" MRC transformer. How old? Is it a gold metal case, or black plastic?

    The Proto units are excellent locos, although the sound -equipped SW's are a little light for my taste. But hey, that sound stuff has to go somewhere, right? ;)
  4. jambo101

    jambo101 Member

    I tried running mine with a 5yr old DC MRC power pack, the one i bought wouldnt run more than a foot or two without shutting down or turning off,did you do something to your P2K units after taking them out of the box or did they run fine with no adjustments mechanically or technically?
  5. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

    I love my Proto SW9, it'll pull about 15 cars on a level track. About all you can ask from a switcher.
  6. jambo101

    jambo101 Member

    Replacing the rubber traction wheels with solid metal wheels made all the difference.
  7. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    If you have a pulse throttle, and especially an older pulse throttle, the sound decoders can act funny, doing exactly what you described. You need to turn the pulse off (if you have the option) or use a straight DC throttle.

    That said, you'll need to turn your throttle up to the point that the sound activates (this can be as much as 1/4 to 1/2 throttle, depending on the decoder) and then increase the speed. When you want to stop, if you drop the throttle back down to zero, the unit will die again... you have to keep voltage supplied to the decoder if you want to keep it running.

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