Spectrum 2-8-0

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

  1. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    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)

    Anybody??
  2. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

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    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
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  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    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

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    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

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