I have been away from this forum for a little while so please forgive me if this has been discussed here before.
This Shay is my first Legacy engine. I do not yet have the Legacy control system but will get one as soon as they become available again. Besides the engine I also got four skeleton log cars for it. It really looks great pulling those cars. One problem though, the engine and cars while rated for o-31 curves will not handle my Fastrack O-36 switches when connected together. They are just fine seperately. My only solution so far is to put a scale flat bed car between the engine and the skeleton cars. Well I guess there is one other solution …Only run it on my other loop of track that has no switches.
I am not sure but I think that the reason for the de railing is that I have a curved section of track before my switches. Unfortunately I do not have room to add a straight section before the switches. The engine handles the switches just fine when pulling no cars, but will not pull most cars through them. I think Lionel blew it with the o-31 rating for this engine.
Other than the switch issue this engine is really great and I can’t wait to try it with Legacy control.
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