Test Track: MTH NYCTA R142A Subway (ten-car train) 1 of 2

After a two-year wait, the MTH R142A subway cars have been delivered, and I got mine on the test track just as soon as I got them home. Unlike many of my videos, this train is a brand-spanking new product that is just hitting stores as of a week prior to this video being uploaded. Thus, you can find it at your MTH dealer (assuming they carry subway trains–you might have to look around a bit if you don’t live in the Northeast), or Ebay. Although Protosound2 doesn’t yet have a program for direct-drive electrics (like older subway sets, it uses a diesel program (albeit with more memory for the station stops), which explains why traction motor sounds often rev up and down independent of the train’s actual speed), the MTH sound engineer did a fine job working around the limitations, so as long as you accelerate at a prototypical rate, the AC propulsion sounds will play just like the real thing. I’d advise turning off the speed control (one long horn, two short bells) if you run these with anything less than a *big* transformer (I’m using a 100-watt Z-1000). Details MTH included include: –Accurate A and B cars –Underbody detail unique to both A and B cars –Separate air spring/shock absorber details on the trucks –Trip cock details on the proper location on the trucks –Separately applied grab irons and storm-door chains. –Car numbers printed on their roofs –Short-shank couplers installed In the second part of this video, I attempt to demonstrate a station stop sequence

Test Track: MTH NYCTA R62 Subway (10-car train)

Test track session with a ten-car version of MTH’s R-62 subway set. For this run, the non-powered cars are equipped with short non-operating couplers so the cars ride a realistic distance apart. The two powered cars (first snd seventh in the train) are unmodified. At the conclusion of the test a battery failure prevented the second power unit from coming out of neutral, so some repairs are in order. Oh well, I did construct this track to find mechanical issues within my collection.
Video Rating: 4 / 5