time for a new update. I did some research on 13ton open cab Shays in the past weeks and where they were used. Doing so, I found a couple of such locos in North Carolina, running into the Carolina Sandhills to get timber, turpentine and tar from pine trees.
A very interesting detail is, that a few of such small Shay locos once ran on timber rails. I was already aware of Shays, build with wide tires and deep flanges to operate on wooden rails. Going through the Shay records, I was able to determine more than 2 dozen of Shays, which were running on timber rails by clear evidence (either photos or notes in the Shay records). This idea fascinated me. So, I made this small test track from basswood strips.
And this is how it looks with a Shay on it…