during the last months, my Louise Valley Lumber Co. acquired two 3-truck Shays for heavier log trains. Originally, both were “oil-burner” and got defined to be the “2nd generation” of motive power at the LVLC. Later, I converted both to coal-burner as I like the look of Shays with diamond stacks more than the “plain” oil-burner. But I was still not satisfied by the concept and the fact that I didn’t have enough capacity on my railroad to operate two 3-truck Shays as well as two different types of fuel.
So I took the advantage to sell my Bachmann 3-truck Shay and focus on my LGB/Aster es WSLC #12 engine. I spend a lot of effort to remove the oil bunker and replaced it by a load of fire wood. I also added an extra wood bunker to the tender, based on the Oregon Lumber Shay. Finally I added some details here and there as well as a diamond stack.
The last step was the weathering part. I wanted the new loco to match engines 4 & 5, which once got airbrush weathered by the late Mac McCalla. I met him a few times in person and I learned a lot from him about airbrush weathering. I was afraid in starting the project on such a big loco and especially with the goal to match the perfection of Mac’s work. At last, my fear was footless as the result shows. I also added a small tribute to Mac.
Since I sold the other 3-truck Shay, this one now got the final road number 6 and is now ready for service. I really like the new look of the engine. This is, how a hard-working Shay should look like in my opinion ;-)
after the crash of my Resita loco some weeks ago, it took only a few days to get the rough warp repaired, but it took several more days to get the loco back into perfect operational condition.
In the past days, I disassembled and re-assembled the loco several times, fixing many small issues from the crash and others. Finally, I managed to bring her back to perfect smooth operation.
This week, the Resita was in duty on a work train to ballast tracks.
this week, I like to share the photos from the August operation session on our club layout. I ran my whole 1:7.2 scaled log train and had a great day. Most time, I was the only “show train” running on the inner loop, so I was able to enjoy very slow speed running of my Shay locomotive, and even some special maneuvers like running in opposite direction and tender ahead.
I got additional support by my friend Tim, who also made most of the photos below.
Hello Shay lovers, on July 17th, Ephraim Shay would have celebrated his 180th birthday. His birthday is celebrated each year at Harbor Springs during the “Shay-Days”. I jumped on the event at my garden railroad and operated my live steam Shay with some ordinary supply and freight trains. Here’s a collection of photos, taken during […]