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Bachmann On30 14 Ton Two Truck Stearns Heisler

The Bachmann On30 14-Ton Two-Truck Stearns Heisler shown prior to installation. First, remove two screws located underneath the cab and lift the cab from the chassis.

The Bachmann On30 14-Ton Two-Truck Stearns Heisler shown prior to installation. First, remove two screws located underneath the cab and lift the cab from the chassis.



With the cab exterior set aside, remove the screw highlighted above in red from the top of the locomotive.

With the cab exterior set aside, remove the screw highlighted above in red from the top of the locomotive.



Inside, you will see this yellow capacitor. This capacitor MUST be removed to facilitate smooth running of the finished locomotive. Clip the leads and discard this piece.

Inside, you will see this yellow capacitor. This capacitor MUST be removed to facilitate smooth running of the finished locomotive. Clip the leads and discard this piece.



Shown with this cap removed. With this complete, you can close this section back up.

Shown with this cap removed. With this complete, you can close this section back up.



Next, turn your attention to the coal bin. Carefully lift out the coal load and inside you will see the original decoder. Remove this decoder from the locomotive.

Next, turn your attention to the coal bin. Carefully lift out the coal load and inside you will see the original decoder. Remove this decoder from the locomotive.



Underneath, you will see the original lighting board shown here.

Underneath, you will see the original lighting board shown here.



Lift out this board and take note of the wiring layout on the bottom side to be sure to match the wires to the new installation.

Lift out this board and take note of the wiring layout on the bottom side to be sure to match the wires to the new installation.



Shown with a portion of the wire leads removed and the wiring layout illustrated. Removing just the speaker and track pickup allows us to swing this board out of the way of the install and utilize it's 'diagram' for the installation.

Shown with a portion of the wire leads removed and the wiring layout illustrated. Removing just the speaker and track pickup allows us to swing this board out of the way of the install and utilize it's 'diagram' for the installation.



Remove the original speaker and replace it with the 28mm WOWSpeaker. We used a small rim of hot melt glue to secure it is place. NOTE: You must be very careful to avoid getting glue on the speaker cone. Glue on the speaker will ultimately cause it to produce no sound and fail.

Remove the original speaker and replace it with the 28mm WOWSpeaker. We used a small rim of hot melt glue to secure it is place. NOTE: You must be very careful to avoid getting glue on the speaker cone. Glue on the speaker will ultimately cause it to produce no sound and fail.



With the speaker in place, solder the original wire leads to the new TCS 21 pin connector making sure the wire leads are in the correct locations. Here it is shown completely soldered including the KA1 Keep Alive. 1k 1/4 w resistors must be soldered in line to the negative lead on the LED(s) as the 21 pin adapter board does not have resistors. In this installation, as the space available is very limited, there is a fine balance in wire length. There has to be enough to work with, but not too much to crowd the installation.

With the speaker in place, solder the original wire leads to the new TCS 21 pin connector making sure the wire leads are in the correct locations. Here it is shown completely soldered including the KA1 Keep Alive. 1k 1/4 w resistors must be soldered in line to the negative lead on the LED(s) as the 21 pin adapter board does not have resistors. In this installation, as the space available is very limited, there is a fine balance in wire length. There has to be enough to work with, but not too much to crowd the installation.



Here the locomotive is shown complete. It is recommended to use Kapton tape to insulate the adapter board from the decoder and prevent shorts to the components on the bottom. All the wires are neatly tucked underneath the adapter board and decoder with the Keep Alive along side. All of these components must fit below the bottom of the coal load. With this complete, replace the coal load and cab and your installation for your Bachmann On30 14-Ton Two-Truck Stearns Heisler is complete.

Here the locomotive is shown complete. It is recommended to use Kapton tape to insulate the adapter board from the decoder and prevent shorts to the components on the bottom. All the wires are neatly tucked underneath the adapter board and decoder with the Keep Alive along side. All of these components must fit below the bottom of the coal load. With this complete, replace the coal load and cab and your installation for your Bachmann On30 14-Ton Two-Truck Stearns Heisler is complete.




Important Soldering Tip

Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. Over time, the acidic properties of liquid or paste flux will begin eating away at the fiberglass PCB and will damage it. Use only Rosin-core solder or no-clean flux approved for electronics use.

TCS recommends the use of Kester "44" Sn63 Pb37, .015" diameter Rosin-core solder. Kester part number 24-6337-0007.

You can order this solder from the following retailers:
Digikey - PN:KE1110-ND
Techni-Tool - PN:488SO6775

Other solder tips

When stripping wire, only strip a tiny little bit of the insulation. Strip no more than a 1/32 of an inch. When the wire gets tinned with solder, the insulation will shrink back more. Try to not expose any more wire than half the length of the solder pad at most. In no case should solder or exposed wire wire ever be outside the boundary of the the solder pad you are attaching a wire to.
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire

Sours: https://tcsdcc.com/installation/ho-scale/2029

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They have hit eBay as well. The Favorite Spot website does not yet list the sound module. (as of this writing)

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My pocketbook is happy, I am free from the "Heisler addiction". This has taken so very long and so much BS that I really don't want one of these now. Besides, it already looks "punky" and with larger cab & details it would look even worse. Thanks, dear Bachmann, for taking so long and producing such an unappealing (to me) loco.

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That was my thoughts too... It's a little too small to convert well to 1:35n2.

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When plastic cost as much as brass....its time for another hobby!!!

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Just be thankful they don't make them outa carbon fiber.

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Tim Rose wrote: H Tim,

I'm really glad to see someone else has recognized this fact, I was beginning to think I was the only one who noticed it!

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So who actually has one?

I'm still scared

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<< Will wait till it goes on sale! Of course by then I'll have a better idea of any problems it might have.

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Let us know your experiences.

I have no need - or intention - of buying one, but agree that B'mann has treated their customers in a very shabby way concerning their past mechanical shortcomings.

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No Bill, you weren't the only one noticing. There seems to be some high level editing (censorship) going on over there. Which I fully agree is within their rights to do....it is their board after all. Still, I think some of those threads should be addressed offline by them and those with deep customer service issues. That entire thread about the guy waiting over a year for a repair was deleted, even after they promised to take care of the situation. What they should have done, in my opinion, is make the poor guy some offer to set it right and make amends to him and his son. If I were running the CS dept, I probably would have given him his choice of two new locos with sound. Their actual costs to do that would have been cheap compared to the nightmare story that thread turned out to be.

Ah well, this here thread was supposed to be about the Heisler. I had to be in England this week or I probably would have just gotten one from The Spot already. Likely I will order it online and have it waiting at home for me when I get there. If it all goes well I will try to get some decent photos of the bits everyone is concerned with a do a full review of it to help answer some of these questions many (including myself) seem to have. Hope to have all that together by this time next week.
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Tim, guys...the reliability of this new loco won't be evident for a while. My Shays didn't get lousy until they had some mileage on them. The Davenports had probems from the "git-go", the railtruck also, the Climax lasted until I destroyed it and used the parts for something else, but the little Porters are still fine after more than 10 years.
The Spot is quick and great to deal with. I ordered a 2-4-4-2 on a Saturday night and the thing was on the front stoop Tuesday morning. That's some fast service I gawranteee!

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Well, this past Friday, I posted a direct question on the "Ask the Bach-man" board as to the type of gears used on the new Heisler, asking specifically that "The Bach-man" or the "Yardmaster" (Bachmann's group moderators) answer the question. The question was whether the gears were simply pinion/crown, straight cut, hypoid cut, or helical cut, or what?

The first response was from a gent in the UK who had received his Heisler early and reported in a previous post that the axle gear looked to be white plastic about 3/4 the diameter of the wheels, and he accused my question of being "pessimistic".

The next post was from the "Yardmaster" agreeing that the question was pessimistic, but not providing any actual answer to the question.

The next post was from a modeler stating that the gears were a problem in several other locos, and so would probably be in this one too. His post was quickly deleted, and replaced by a second quip from the "Yardmaster" saying it looked like the question had been answered (which it hadn't).

Then, between 7 and 8 AM on Sunday, the Yardmaster's quip was deleted and replaced by a comment from him that Bachmann was confident that the Heislers would live up to everyone's expectations, but still no answer to the original question.

When I checked on Tuesday the whole thread had been deleted.

I used to refuse to even look at a product with a Bachmann logo on it. When they released the Spectrum GP30 many years ago, I bought one, which allowed me to consider their On30 product line. Since then, I have purchased several Bachmann locos in On30, HO and N scales, including at least one each of all the On30 locos up to the 2-6-6-2.

As a consequence, I now have several expensive pieces with bad gears, sitting on the shelf (I call it the "Bachmann shelf of shame"). After Bachmann's recent response to my simple question on the Heisler, I doubt I'll be taking the chance of purchasing one of the Heislers, nor will I be recommending them to anyone else. I seriously doubt that they have made any significant improvements to the Heisler's drive, and I think they just don't want to admit it.

My On30 locos all ran great when they were on the hobby shop test track, but after all the problems with Bachmann, between their pricing and bad gears, none of the local shops will carry any new On30 locos in stock, and I will certainly not buy anything from Bachmann if I can't examine it first.

Model trains should not be a product with a limited shelf life!

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While I have been very lucky (it would seem) with my On30 equipment I do have one of their HO Consolidations sitting lifeless on a shelf. Hasn't stopped me yet from buying but it if does happen too many more times it will certainly have an impact. Sad to hear how they are treating their customer's though. Certainly not what I would like to hear.

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Hi Tim,

Someone has posted PDF's of the parts drawings included with the Bachmann On30 Heislers on the web, and they show that the enclosed axle gearboxes contain straight-cut bevel/crown gears, the same types used on the Shays and Climaxes.

This may explain why Bachmann removed the posts from the "Ask the Bach-man" website asking them directly about the gear type used. Draw your own conclusions, but based on the Bachmann drawings, I'm passing on the purchase of one of these.

I do hope that those who do purchase them are happy and satisfied with their performance and that they run for a long time.

Bill in FtL

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Hi Bill,

Yes, I saw that Don posted some pics and a review on the Outlaws Yahoo group.

My Heisler was delivered yesterday (sans sound as it was not available at the time). I'm still in England but will be home in a few days. I still have not seen anyone take a picture of the under carriage or the insides of the gear case so I hope to be able to do that for those that want the extra level of detailed look.

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Hi Tim,

I would be very interested in comparing good photos of the Heisler drive to the Bachmann drawing, so let me know when you get them. Don seems to think the gears are helical-cut, but the drawing appears to show a straight cut bevel pinion & crown gear like the Shays and Climaxes.

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Hi guys, interesting comments about this new Heisler, as my B'man Climax and Shay disappointed me a lot because of the poor gears (no longer working while the locs did not run a lot, only on test track)
As for me, model railroading must be synonym of quality and robustness, what alternative to B'man would you recommend? Thanks.

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Pil707 wrote:
Unfortunately, if you want to stay in On30, there is no one to recommend, since both of Bachmann's On30 competitors (BLI and PSC/MMI) have given up on the scale. If you want to stay with narrow gauge, you could bump down in size to HOn3 with Blackstone Models (but they are built in the same factory as Bachmann), although they seem to have stalled after the release of only two different locos and a few cars. Another choice, if you can afford it, is Sn3, using P-B-L products, which are very nice but a lot more money. Be prepared for sticker shock.

If you decide to stay in On30, steer clear of the Shays, Climaxes, Rail Trucks, Rail Buses and probably the new Heisler, and don't buy any newly released locos that haven't been around long enough for potential defects to become well known. Bachmann's On30 rod engines don't have as bad a reputation as their geared engines, but rod engines just don't have the same charm as the geared logging types.

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Well now, you can stay in On30 if you have the willingness to convert available HO locos. Whatever did On30 guys do before Bachmann "discovered" the scale/gauge? Way back in the 1940's, O scale modelers found out that they could use and abuse the up & coming HO stuff to represent narrow gauge. There were wonderful On30 models made long before Bachmann and there will be great models made WITHOUT Bachmann's "help". Yes, I do have Bachmann Shays and rod locos on my layout but since everything I have is scratchbuilt, I take the "short cut" with motive power. I wanted to have an operational line before I left this world. But I know that I could survive without their products. With that view, I love my Shays but they have metal pinion gears and drive train parts and will probably outlast me and the rod locos run great just like they are. If you just have to have a Shay, get one of the new ones and change the gears...it will be OK.

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Thanks for the advise, guys. That's correct my rod engines (10 wheeler, Consolidation 2-8-0 and Forney) run fine (though my Forney makes a squeaky noice, but I guess it's due to the decoder). Not ready to start over with Sn3, and Hon3 is too small for me. So, I'll try one of these days to replace the gears and if still not ok, will let the Shay and Climax sleeping at the end of a spur.
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Hi Pil,

NorthWest Short Line (aka NWSL) does make replacement pinion gears for the Bachmann On30 Shay, and also claim to be working on gears for the Climax, although it's been a while. The Shay gears may be part #2801-6, check with them to be sure.

My own Climax has split universal joints, in addition to split pinion gears. On the "parts" page of their website, Bachmann USA shows the truck replacement pinion shafts with two pinions plus bearings for $10 US plus shipping. They call them small axles. They don't show the center drive shaft universals, but I am told these can be repaired using a tight fitting piece of metal tubing from K&S Metal Products and some carefully applied CA glue.

 I'd prefer it if Bachmann would just support their products with quality repair parts, but I read somewhere that Chinese manufacturers don't want to inventory spare parts. If the parts were easy to get and replace, it would certainly make these breakdowns easier to tolerate.

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Bill-there is a fix if you're game for a bit of work. PSC makes universal kits for Shays & Cimaxes (their models) which can be adapted to the Bachmann locos. I installed new sliding box joints and universals in both my Shays, along with metal gears, and have had no further problems. The PSC parts are nickel silver castings and need to be "massaged" to fit correctly and the universals need to be carefully soldered together. In all, I believe it took me about an hour to do one Shay and then maybe just 30 minutes for the other. Bachmann used metal for the crankshaft in the Shays, just why they used wimpy plastic crap for the rest is beyond me.
And guess what...the PSC universals/box joint kits were about $16 a piece. A much, MUCH better deal than messing with the stock monkey business.
Food for thought...

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Any recommendations for HO locos to convert to On30? I'm not any more informed about who makes quality HO stuff than I am much else in this hobby.

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I converted a MDC 2 truck shay to On30, a pain it was. Used some Keith Wiseman parts. Never again, took forever. I'm still not finished with the cab interior.

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Thanks Bill for the NWSL ref. Tough I'm not sure this is exactly the defect part. Need to check more accurately.
Woodie, I think the PSC parts are for their HO models. Right? If so, would they fit on the On30 B'man Shay or Climax?
I'll try this weekend to take some pics of the defect part on my models. Thanks again for the help.
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OK, here is a link to the pics I took today during the "test" of the new Heisler I received.

http://s1300.photobucket.com/user/Tim_8_Rose/library/Bachmann%20On30%20Heisler

(Word of warning, Photobucket is playing up a bit and is only displaying some pics when it feels like it. Selecting a pic directly from the lineup rather than scrolling seems to resolve that issue at the moment.)

My first impression of this new loco is positive, very positive. While it is not as sexy as a Shay, this may be one of Bachmann's best offerings in the geared loco lineup. (And besides, NOTHING is as sexy as a Shay) From the first time I powered the Heisler up and ran it around the track, I was duly impressed. It has the smooth responsiveness of a diesel with respect to operation. There seems to be some momentum already programmed into the decoder, although I have yet to view any of the CV settings. My test layout makes use of the Woodland Scenics 4% Incline sets. When I operate the Shays on this, they have a severe jerking motion on the declines. This Heisler has NO jerking motion at all. None! It is as smooth going up and downhill as it is on the flats. (I have video and will be posting that as soon as I can get it edited down to a reasonable size)

Regarding the gears, yes, they are plastic. My best guess is that they are a white Delrin. That said, they look to me to be well made. They are very cleanly manufactured with a smooth tooth surface. I did not see any flash or molding lines on them. Gears of this type are not necessarily a bad thing. NWSL makes quite a number of them as well and people generally like what they offer.

Also, they are not helical but since the gears in question are beveled that would actually by hypoidal if they had helical type teeth. However, the only advantage I can see to having a hypoidal gear in this particular application would be reduced noise and this gear train is already quiet. With the arrangement they have, there is very little backlash in the entire geartrain. You will note in the pictures that I only disassembled the front truck. The rear truck should be the same anyway. I did not pull the cab to see what was going in there yet with the motor, etc. I may at some point, but am still working on jet lag. :y: The drive shafts and driver axles all have bushings on them with spacer shafts to keep the various components in their respective places without sliding all over. This is a nice touch.

Overall fit and finish on the model I received was excellent. It is also quite heavy. Most of it is diecast...including the coal load! It weighs in at 12.6 ounces, or 358 grams. It comes with 2 extra stacks, a bag of coal, an oil tank, and 3 (yes, THREE) extra sets of light options with associated brackets. That equals 6 extra LED's for those feeling math challenged.  :brill:  Wow. I don't remember any mention of this in the documentation I had seen up to this point.

To sum up, while long term longevity will be a question with many that only time will be able to answer, I would say at this point that Bachmann have done a good job with this model and give it two thumbs up. :2t: I have a Forney and a couple of Climaxes that I would trade for an equal number of these Heislers. I have been fortunate with my Shays, no cracked gears...yet. But with my love of Shays, I wouldn't trade them for anything anyway, even if they did become shelf queens. ;)


EDIT: As promised, the Heisler in action:

http://s1300.photobucket.com/user/Tim_8_Rose/media/Heisler-Video/Try1_zps8c65403d.mp4.html

Well the Photobucket video isn't doing so well. Here it is on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/Fl-RLSzrhos

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Hi Woodie,

Thanks for the tip. Do you have the part numbers for the u-joints by any chance? Their website only lists several catalogs for sale, and my past experience with them has been that whatever it is I want, they are always out of stock, and I have no desire to waste $17-$18 to try to find something that is out of stock. Walthers only lists O scale diesel couplings from PSC.

Bill in FtL

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Tim-

The hubs on the new gears don't look any larger that those on the old ones, and the hubs (and gears along with them) were splitting because the fit between the plastic and the steel shaft was too tight.

BTW Bevel gears can be straight toothed, or spiral toothed without being hypoid. Hypoid gears have the pinion and ring gear center lines offset laterally, and have to be a form of spiral.

Another form of curved tooth bevel is the Zerol, which uses a different form curve than the spiral, but has the spiral's intersecting center lines.

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Bill-I will post the part numbers in a bit. I never, NEVER order PSC or anything else from Willie K or any other hack...I call PSC up and find out whether they have the parts or not. That way, I don't spend any money except for a long distance call.
I have seen photos of the gears in the new Heisler and they are some kind of white plastic/nylon stuff. Well, OK, maybe they will be alright but I remember replacing many "white plastic/nylon" gears in Hallmark locos that had cracked gears. I hope for everyone's sake I am wrong about this but once bitten.....
Everybody (except me) wants this new loco and all I can add is good luck ya'll.

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My experience with bachmann is strictly HO and they have never been a problem...Im new to the On30 and only have bought rod locos, their porters, 4-4-0s, and 2-6-0s. Im working on a OR&W set up and they didnt use geared locos...Thank god!!! They didnt use Porters either but ill fudge a little there!  I feel for you folks!

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OK, here are some PSC part numbers:
PSCC-7020 nickle silver U-joint w/square tubing & square collar for 2 Climax trucks
PSSH-8101 nickle silver U-joint w/square tubing for 2 Shay trucks (what I bought)
PS-8323 nickel silver U-joint, Shay, 4 pcs.(just the universal joints)
To find out about availability and prices, you NEED to call PSC (check their website for phone #) and talk to a friendly lady who knows the stuff and will tell you right now what is in stock.

I have ordered and have friends who ordered PSC stuff through Walthers and the LHS and waited...and waited...and then were told "sorry, Charlie". About the only possibe shop that will help is CORONADO SCALE MODELS in Phoenix.

Good luck, Mr. Phelps...this tape will self destruct in 5 seconds.
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Thanks Woodie!

 I'm still waiting to hear back from Bachmann about the pinion gears (4 calls so far). I guess if they can't supply those, and NWSL doen't have them either, the u-joint problem is moot.

Bill in FtL

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White plastic gears don't have to be trash. I had a 1200 watt electric power system for an airplane with a Delrin spur gear in it and it worked flawlessly. You just put a little bees wax on them for lubrication. Good quality nylon gear sets are fantastic too. Why? Because they can me mated tightly with little to zero slop. Of course, there is junk out there too but there is really no excuse for Bachmann to be putting junk gears in their models. They aren't saving but pennies doing so but they are costing themselves much more in tarnished reputation.

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I concur with Mike on the Delrin gears. They are very strong indeed. We use Delrin gears in our industrial application servo drive trains and are capable of several foot pounds of torque in some applications. Also, regarding the splitting, I agree that likely the bore was too small on the gear OR the OD of the shafts was too large and the resulting interference created enough pressure to cause them to split. (Or it could have been faulty plastic or some combination of all of this)

A number of folks have mentioned quality control and while this "may" have been a contributing factor, I submit that the tolerances spec'd out may have also been at fault and this is "typically" a cost consideration. Case in point, a certain Delrin gear in one of our drives can cost as little as $.08 or as much as $25. It all depends on what kind of tolerances we will accept. In our case, we accept something middle of the road.

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Im also a photographer (professionally) and i also use the canon line. My advise is if your intrested in photography and want to learn alot about it, a DSLR is the way to go. However i see alot of people with DSLR camera who run around and shoot full automatic and I think why?

If you want a camera you can pick up, put on auto and get nice photos get a high end Point and shoot camera.

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Nice vodeo.

Why are the headlamp and reverse lamp on at hte same time?

 

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Their is a way to adjust the DCC to correct that. It was posted someplace but since I will not have that problem with Radio Control I didn't save a link to it.


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Bachmann Spectrum - On30 Scale - Steam 14-Ton 2-Truck Stearns-Heisler - DCC Equipped - Greenbrier & Big Run - Black - (SKU 160-28805)

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The Stearns-Heisler continues our collection of geared steam locomotives along with our On30 Shay and Climax. This 14-ton two-truck engine was an early Heisler, manufactured from the late 1890s.  Bachmann has delivered a DCC-equipped model with all the fine detailing you expect from our Spectrum® line, along with 16-bit Tsunami® plug-and play sound capability. (Separate-sale Item No. 44953, Stearns-Heisler Sound Module, required for sound on board performance)

Features include: 

·     DCC-equipped for speed, direction, and lighting control
·     die-cast construction
·     all gear drive
·     enclosed gearbox
·     metal driveshafts and heavy-duty universals
·     prototype-powered trucks
·     constant soft white LED lighting
·     choice of three stack included
·     contoured wheel spokes per prototype
·     blackened brass railings
·     factory-installed speakers
·     E-Z Mate® Mark II couplers







$450.00 US
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ON30 Bachmann Heisler and 18 foot rolling stock on 10” radius curve

The Stearns-Heisler continues Bachmann's collection of On30 geared steam locomotives along with their On30 Shay and On30 Climax. This 14-ton two-truck engine was an early Heisler, manufactured from the late 1890s.

The Heisler locomotive was the last variant of the three major types of geared steam locomotive. Its designer and manufacturers claimed it was the fastest of the three but retained the low-speed hauling capability. As such it was used in mining and logging/lumbering industries as well as other places which required heavy hauling. From a 1923 Heisler marketing catalog:

"Why you can haul at least 30% more per ton of locomotive with the modern Heisler"

Bachmann has delivered a DCC-equipped model with the fine detailing expected in the Spectrum® line, along with 16-bit Tsunami® plug-and-play sound capability. (Separate-sale Bachmann Item No. 44953, Stearns-Heisler Sound Module, required for sound on board performance)
Features include:

  • DCC-equipped for speed, direction and lighting control
  • Sound ready with factory-installed speaker
  • Dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder
  • Die-cast construction
  • Coreless motor
  • All-gear drive
  • Enclosed gearbox
  • Heavy-duty universals and driveshafts
  • Prototypically powered trucks and gearboxes
  • Constant soft white LED lighting
  • Blackened brass handrails and piping
  • E-Z Mate® Mark II couplers
  • Choice of three stacks and optional oil bunker included
  • Contoured wheel spokes per prototype
  • Plug-and-play sound-ready (Tsunami® sound module available separately)

Bachmann On30 Stearns-Heisler Model Information:

Manfacturer: BachmannRelease Date: 2013
MSRP (USD): $419-$450Catalogs: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Length: 144 mm / 5.65 inWeight: 358 g / 12.6 oz
Length over couplers: 160 mm / 6.28 inWithin On30 Clearance Gauge: Yes
Width: 46 mm / 1.78 inHeight: 70 mm / 2.74 in
Front Coupler: Bachmann E-Z Mate® Mark IIRear Coupler: Bachmann E-Z Mate® Mark II
Front Coupler Height (note 2): PassRear Coupler Height (note 2): Pass
Recommended Radius: 15 in or greater Reported Minimum Radius (note 4):
NMRA Conformance Warrant: No NMRA S-4 Wheels (note 2): Pass
NMRA S-2 Couplers (note 2): PassNMRA S-9 Electrical:
NMRA S-7 Clearance (note 3): PassRP-25 Wheel Contour: no statement
RP-9.1.1 Electrical Interface and Wire Color Code:
Power Modes: DC, NMRA DCC Interface Socket: Yes
DCC: Bachmann Dual mode DC/DCC on boardDCC Sound: Optional - Bachmann (Tsunami)
Sound Decoder Item No. 44953, MSRP $129
Power pickup: All wheelDCC Sound control on DC power: Automatic
engine sounds, only (no user control on DC)
Drawbar Pull (note 1): TBCPrimary Construction Material: Diecast
Model Evaluated: Bachmann Item No. 28803 Evaluation Date: May 2018
Fidelity to the Prototype: Other than being a very small Heisler, it is judged excellent!
Roadnames:
  • Item No. 28801, Colorado Mining Co. #4
  • Item No. 28802, Painted & unlettered - Black
  • Item No. 28803, Painted & unlettered - Black with white pinstripes & running board stripes
  • Item No. 28804, Painted & unlettered - Black with red windows + white running board stripes + white tires
  • Item No. 28805, Greenbriar & Big Run Lumber Co. #5
  • Item No. 28806, Midwest Quarry & Mining Co. #4
Notes:
  1. Measured using Micro-Mark 84708 Digital Pull Meter
  2. Measured using NMRA HO Standards Gauge
  3. Measured using NMRA On30 Clearance Gauge
  4. May require adjustments to run through this radius
  5. For parts, contact Bachmann Trains or shop online at the Bachmann Online Store


Bachmann On30 Stearns-Heisler: Tune-ups, Updates and Conversions


Bachmann On30 Stearns-Heisler: Additional Articles of Interest


Heisler Locomotives: Books for further reading 

Heisler Locomotive Works. Heisler Geared Locomotives Catalog. Erie, Penna.: Heisler Locomotive Works, 1923, 38 pages.

About this book from BarnesandNoble.com: In 1892 Charles Heisler received a patent for a new kind of geared locomotive. Equipped with twin canted cylinders, the engine utilized a drive shaft to power outboard axles and connecting rods to power the inboard axles. As a result of this 'vee-twin' arrangement, the Heisler was one of the fastest geared steam locomotives, providing more power with lower operating costs. Over 600 Heislers were produced from the 1890's until 1941, when the Heisler Locomotive Works closed its doors. This reproduction of the company's illustrated catalog dates from the 1920's. It shows the full line of Heisler products and presents a compelling argument for their use.

Kline, B.F.G., Jr. The Heisler Locomotive, 1891-1941. Kline, 1982, 199 pages.

About this book from BookFinder.com: Fascinating and handsomely done authoritative history of the Heisler geared locomotive. Chapters include a biography of Charles L. Heisler, a description of the Stearns Manufacturing Co., the Heisler Locomotive Works, the Whitney Engineering Co., the origins, development and refinement of the Heisler, the purpose, distribution and performance of the Heisler, competitors of the Heisler, the construction of a Heisler, Heisler's last years, detailed scale drawings, builder lists, and an owner list. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos. With bibliography and index. Some copies of the book contain an Addenda and Errata Sheet with list of existing Heislers as of November, 1982.


Heisler Locomotives: Other references


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