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Old 1st February 2010, 15:59   #1
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Last days I finally build what I had in mind for long time.

A 4-truck Heisler.

An Heisler like this never existed but I'm sure that some builders thought about an engine like that.

Now there is one in H0 not finished yet but here already some pics.

It was easier to build this large tender than one of Bachmann Shays as they are made of Aluminium. Rivarossi used plastic, which is easier to work with.

I placed the light of the cab on the tender and placed a second air hatch on the roof. The Coal bunker will be enlarged so that the filler hole will be hidden.
The tender will get some toolboxes when completed. The only thing that I had to do was cutting the 2 tenders to the needed length and shorten the driveshaft for the trucks under the tender. I also had to change the worm gears of the tender trucks as they are from first run engines and the wheels would run faster than those on the loco.

This engine will fit well in my little collection of geared engines.

Here the photos, enjoy .











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Old 1st February 2010, 17:36   #2
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Impressive! Looks like you'll have to make more stops for coal than water with that huge tender.
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Great conversion. I'll have several Heislers running as well. Both old and new; they are such great engines, powerful and quiet.
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This should make anice project,did you notice the leading bogie of the tender the wheelsets are upside down.
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Very interesting
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Old 2nd February 2010, 03:42   #6
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This should make anice project,did you notice the leading bogie of the tender the wheelsets are upside down.
Funny Actually - how can wheels that go round-and-round ever be upside down? To me it looks like the brakes are correct. I think the only thing that's upside down is the connecting rod - an easy fix.
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Old 2nd February 2010, 12:14   #7
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Yes it's the rod.
But it was already upside down on the locomotive when I recieved it.
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It's obvious that the locomotive maintenance supervisor was doing things his way somewhere along the line. At least that would be my story and I'd stick to it as well.
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Isn't that little nub supposed to represent a lubricant receiver or something? (I got my words all messed up - not awake yet). Anyway, with rod upside down like that, all the grease is going to drip out and the rod will seize up!
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Things fixed. Lubricant will now stay where it has to be
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