Spectrum 2-8-0

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by cidchase, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hey y'all,
    This little loco runs great, But the headlight is very dim!!!
    It comes on dimly at low speed but brightens very little at
    higher speed. Normal, for all I know, but it is much dimmer
    than my IHC or Genesis.

    It's brand new and I have done zero troubleshooting
    on it, anyone got a thought?? I got it at one of the LHS
    in Memphis. They will take a look at it for me, but I just
    wondered what you might think or what experience
    you have had with this loco.

    Thanx :) :)

    (P.S. it's HO)

  2. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi Cidchase,
    I have two of the 2-8-0s and they don't have a very bright headlight. Nothing at all like the Kato Mike as an example. I notice no change to speak of with low or high speed but then younger eyes do see better. If its a concern I would have the hobby shop take a look. If it runs well like you said thats good news as a lot of them had a bad wobble. I had to send both of mine back and Bachmann took care of the problem. Hope this helps and good luck with your new toy. Ron
    :thumb: :thumb:
  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    THanks, Ron,
    It's so dim I'm thinking it's a defect, but I guess a lot of
    them are that way. Kind of a shame, it seems like going
    up in price sure doesn't get you better quality control!!:eek:

    Well, it will get some attention one way or another! :D :D :D
    Either from me or the Bach-Mann:) :)
  4. BillD53A

    BillD53A Member

    The headlight, as it comes from the factory, is so dim it is useless. On my first loco I removed the light rod and used the stock grain-of-wheat bulb in the headlight casting. I think, for my other 3, I will remove the plastic light rod and put an MV products lens in its place. It was not unusual in the 1920's (the era I mosel) for a railroad to not use headlights in the daytime. Some did, some didnt.
  5. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Thank you, Bill,
    It sounds like some surgery is in order :cry:

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