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Old 10-20-2019, 12:09 PM   #1
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As a long time Lionel guy, question about MTH.

Over the years I've had 2 or 3 MTH steam locos. I believe one was PS1 the other PS2. I don't have DCS or plan on getting it since there is no layout. Legacy is enough to try to remember every fall!

Both the locomotives smoked like crazy, to a point I had to turn them off and I LIKE smoke. Is this typical of MTH across the product lines and over the years? Or did I just get lucky with the two I had?
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:14 PM   #2
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Yes, MTH for the most part, produces heavy smokers. It is adjustable through DCS. They seemed to hit that nail on the head in terms of design and function!

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Old 10-20-2019, 01:28 PM   #3
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because most of the mth I have seen have two resistors which equals more power.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:54 PM   #4
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Both the locomotives smoked like crazy, to a point I had to turn them off and I LIKE smoke. Is this typical of MTH across the product lines and over the years? Or did I just get lucky with the two I had?
Yes, they smoke like crazy. I have many MTH engines and also a lot of MTH tinplate O/Std. They all really smoke.
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:10 PM   #5
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Imo, MTH's smoke units far surpass all other O-gauge manufacurers smoke units.

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Old 10-20-2019, 03:27 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!!
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:47 PM   #7
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Out of the box MTH is the best but with just a few tweaks Lionel units can smoke as well.

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Old 10-20-2019, 07:35 PM   #8
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Pete is correct, I get many Lionel locomotives smoking similar to MTH, it just takes a little work. FWIW, the MTH smoke units don't really use more power, they just came up with a great design that has the smoke wick between the resistors and right in the airflow. Since nobody has replicated it, I have to assume they have some sort of patent on the idea.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:40 PM   #9
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Agree mth engines smoke very well nice and i like that the amount coming out can be adjusted.

On another note i like the late 40s steamer 675, 2025 they smoke nice just no adjustment .
Rebuilt one on a 675 and unintentionally wound one less wire and it smokes more than any other
here the pellet just does not last as long. That type of piston setup was simple back then .
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:00 AM   #10
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MTH engines are bullet proof, the DCS system while mostly trouble free has issues if you have the Wifi unit and use the app. I just wish Mike would spend the money and improve the sounds.
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