Lovely!There was another Heisler, this time with the rear drive shaft in place, but with the front, driveshaft and con-rods missing.
Shay.There was also a 3 cylinder gear driven Shey, also with the driveshafts missing.
Yes, on a Shay you can't tell from the view I had. On a Shay, the rear drive shaft to the second truck just continues on to the third truck if it is powered. Thus there is no special stuff needed near the engine for that situation.The Shay was a 3 trucker . . .
All lovely. Thanks so much. I'll see what I can identify. I'm not really a locomotive expert at all. (Everything I know about the Heisler I learned since you showed a picture of what turned out to be one - I had never heard of it before that.)There were lots more, and at the risk of outstaying my welcome, here are a few of them.
Striking photos. They so seem to capture the overall world of the classical steam locomotive.Doug and Stuart, thank you for the wonderfully detailed information and pictures on types of Locomotives that we never had over here in Africa - fascinating reading. Since childhood the Shay Locomotives have always fascinated me, but I never even knew of the other two types of geared engines.
I don't have anything to contribute to this thread at the moment, other than two extra images from the inside of the GEA Garratt that I posted about earlier:
I think that is the Heisler.and the Climax.
I know that line is often quoted in connection with geared locomotives.Doug do you recognize these?
This thread is glorious! There must be superb steam trains still going in Australia, the U.K. the European continent. Looking forward to more of these charming monsters!Just noticed this thread. A few years ago I was in West Virginia and went to see the geared engines at Cass. They have 5 or 6 engines from coal mining service, of which two Shays and (I believe) one Climax are in regular operation, and the wreck of a Heisler is also awaiting further restoration. Here are the running examples:
and the Climax.
Doug do you recognize these?