Lionel 6-38061 Cass Scenic Railroad #6 Heisler – TMCC – kgtrains

Lionel 6-38061 Cass Scenic Railroad #6 Heisler – TMCC – The mountains of West Virginia once offered some of the most bountiful, virgin timberland in the United States. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, no other invention opened up this rugged country to loggers more than the geared steam locomotive. These “off-road vehicles” of railroading could handle steep grades, temporary, un-ballasted track and even ford a stream. In the 1890s, an inventor named Charles Heisler created the locomotive that bore his name and was the last of the major types of geared steam power. The other two were the Shay and the Climax. Of the three types, the Heisler proved the fastest. 850 were built in all, serving around the world, including the hardwood stands of West Virginia. Heisler’s design revolved around two pistons angled at 45 degrees. The pistons were connected to a shaft which powered all of the wheels via a system of gears. The articulated trucks could negotiate sharp curves. The all-new Lionel Heisler locomotives are both detailed replicas of this American original. Each TMCC equipped locomotive includes accurate operating rods, shafts and gears. The RailSounds sound system is inspired by the unique chuffs and whistle of the prototype. Both Lionel Heisler locomotives are based on a three-truck 90 ton version that was built in 1929, and still survives to this day. The Meadow River Lumber Company operated from 1910 until 1971. The mill provided the hardwood for the ballroom
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