December 1, 2010 - Headed up by a powerful F-3 diesel, M.T.H. HO sets are the only ready-to-run sets you can purchase today that come equipped with full digital sound and command control – an industry first! With suggested retail prices under $200, these sets might be the best value in model railroading. Click on the video icon to the left to learn more about the M.T.H. HO train sets.
Outfitted with a digital wireless remote control, our Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped sets are fun to operate, even from 20 feet away. The U.L. approved power supply plugs right into your set’s receiver. Everything is plug and play and you’ll be up and running in just minutes.
Each set includes three freight cars, each equipped with metal wheels and axles. The powerful 5-pole precision motor housed in the well detailed F-3 diesel is capable of pulling more than 20 cars, so you’ll have plenty of power to expand your set.
The 14-piece oval of MTH’s HO RealTrax included in your set features a built-in removable roadbed – perfect for use on virtually any surface, including carpet! We’ve even included a track re-railer that makes placing your cars and locomotive onto the track a simple and quick task.
When you’re ready to construct a more permanent layout, you can remove the track rails and ties from the roadbed for an even more realistic appearance. Just add your own ballast and you’ll be overseeing your own empire in no time.
MTH HO locomotives outfitted with Proto-Sound 3.0 - like our set’s F-3 - are equipped with LED lighting for years of trouble-free performance. But the real magic begins when you start up the locomotive with a quick push of the digital remote’s startup button. Marvel as the sounds rumble to life and watch in amazement as the locomotive slowly creeps to life - all in scale one-mile-per-hour increments. Try that with another ready-to-run HO set!
Every Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped set can be operated in command mode with any DCC controller. We’ve included 28 DCC functions, the same number of features we include in each of our more expensive, separately sold steam and diesel HO locomotives.
For those who are watching their pennies, you can purchase MTH HO ready-to-run starter sets without the digital remote control and Proto-Sound 3.0 features. These DCC ready sets have a suggested retail price just north of $100 and include a powerful DC power supply and the same 14 piece RealTrax HO track system found in our Proto-Sound equipped sets.
We’ve selected a variety of roadnames to choose from in this year’s set offerings, each of which is available in DCC-Ready or Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped versions. You’ll find them at your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer or by visiting www.shopmthtrains.com.