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Scratchbuilt HO scale Class A Shay

Posted by alanmende
on Friday, September 13, 2013

Here is Chimney Rock Quarry No. 3.  Number 1 was a powered Keystone Locomotive Works cast metal Shay which didn't run worth beans with an NWSL Flea drive.  Number 2 is a Bachmann 3-truck Shay which runs well but is way too big for my layout.  Number 3 was going to be a second KLW kit powered by the latest version of NWSL's drive with its reduction gearbox powering both trucks with center shafts likes Heislers and Climaxes.  But since I had already built one KLW kit, I decided to scratchbuild a boiler to go with the Keystone parts.  Then I decided to make a fuel bunker/tender tank from brass...then a cab...then a frame.  The only remaining Keystone parts are the truck sideframes, universals, smokebox front, valve gear and connecting rods.  I turned the crankshaft on my wood lathe and fabricated the crankcase.  Many of the details are from Precision Scale.  The motor is a Faulhaber 1016 with a Digitrax DZ125 decoder.

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