How to Upgrade Your Diesel Locomotive with MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 Kit
If you are a model train enthusiast who wants to enjoy the most realistic and advanced features of your diesel locomotive, you may be interested in upgrading it with the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 kit. This kit allows you to convert your older M.T.H. locomotive or other manufacturer's O Gauge and G Gauge locomotive to Proto-Sound 3.0, the latest digital sound and control system from M.T.H. Electric Trains.
In this article, we will explain what the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 kit is, what it can do for your locomotive, how to install it, and where to buy it.
What is the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 Kit
The MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 kit is a set of components that you can use to upgrade your diesel locomotive to Proto-Sound 3.0, the most advanced digital sound and control system for model trains. Proto-Sound 3.0 offers many features that enhance the realism and performance of your locomotive, such as:
Conventional and command mode Proto Speed Control, which allows you to run your locomotive at any speed without losing momentum or stalling.
Full Ps3 digital sound effects, which include engine sounds, horn, bell, crew dialogues, station announcements, and more.
DCS command features, which allow you to control your locomotive with a DCS remote or a smart device via WiFi.
Conventional and command mode Proto-Coupler operation, which allows you to uncouple your locomotive from the rest of the train with a push of a button.
Conventional and command mode synchronized smoke on locomotives equipped with fan driven M.T.H. smoke units.
Battery-less backup power, which eliminates the need for batteries and ensures smooth operation even when power is interrupted.
Operating headlight control, which allows you to turn on and off the headlight of your locomotive.
The MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 kit consists of a Proto-Sound 3.0 circuit board, a coil wound Proto-Coupler, various wire harnesses, new speaker, new mounting brackets, and headlight and backup light bulbs. The kit is compatible with most diesel locomotives from M.T.H. or other manufacturers that have been previously equipped with M.T.H.'s original Proto-Sound or Proto-Sound 2.0 systems.
How to Install the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 Kit
Installing the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 kit requires some technical skills and tools, such as soldering iron, wire cutters, screwdrivers, etc. You may also need to modify some parts of your locomotive to fit the new components. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the services of a participating M.T.H. Authorized Service Center (ASC) for the installation of the kit. The ASC will also program the sound set for your locomotive according to your preferences.
The cost of installation may vary depending on the type and condition of your locomotive, but it is estimated to range from $99 to $200. The kit itself costs $199.95 and comes with a 90-day limited warranty when installed by an ASC.
Where to Buy the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 Kit
You can buy the MTH 50-1912 Proto-Sound 3.0 kit online from M.T.H.'s official website[^1^] or from other online retailers[^3^]. You can also find it at your local hobby shop or at an ASC near you. To locate an ASC in your area, you can use the Find It Locally tab on M.T.H.'s website[^1^].