[YPLC] A test track of special kind

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 7 March 2021

Hello folks,

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…

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One Comment

  • Tobias says:

    Hallo Gerd!

    “Faszinierend!” [Zitat Ende]
    Von den legendären Waldbahnen auf Holzschienen habe ich zwar auch schon gehört und mal hier und da ein Bild gesehen, aber näher damit beschäftigt habe ich mich, zugegeben, nicht.
    Insofern sehr interessant. Daumen hoch!

    Grüße Tobias