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Bought a shay (FINALLY)
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 Posted: Wed Jan 9th, 2013 10:02 pm
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Hi guys,
I'm back! I have been away form my layout(still under construction) and haven't been on the site in a while, but after deciding to go with a logging/mining layout I decided I needed some REAL logging loco's(no more 0-4-0 double header), so after hunting fee-bay forever for a cheap enough shay, I finally bought one! for 57.00!
It's a MDC/Roundhouse 2-truck shay! maybe FINALLY having a shay will motivate me to finish my layout. I would post pic.'s but don't know how. I plan to have it look like West-Side Lumber Co. #11



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Soledad Lumber & Coal Co.

1) MDC Shay
2) Rivarossi Heisler
3) MDC Climax
4&5) Mantua 0-4-0 switcher's(twins)
6) Tyco 0-8-0
7) AHM 0-4-0 Plymouth diesel switcher
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 Posted: Fri Feb 1st, 2013 10:10 pm
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I finally got the shay "sort-of" assembled, it looks like the previous owner, who put it together and then took it apart again, knew his stuff. and I have it sitting on the building rail, soon to go to the test rail. I have also decided not to paint it. I am currently trying to find some space in my cramped house to build another layout and when I do I'll let you guys know.



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Soledad Lumber & Coal Co.

1) MDC Shay
2) Rivarossi Heisler
3) MDC Climax
4&5) Mantua 0-4-0 switcher's(twins)
6) Tyco 0-8-0
7) AHM 0-4-0 Plymouth diesel switcher
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 Posted: Fri Feb 1st, 2013 11:19 pm
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Howdy John. A 7 buck Shay!!! Great find. Something I can recommend is getting a set of NWSL gears for the model, install them and be amazed at the difference it makes. You might check the model out, if the owner "knew his stuff", then he might have already put the gears in. If you can see the stock and NWSL gears side by side, you will note the finer teeth and better materials used. MDC used some sort of Delrin plastic which makes all kinds of racket when running. HOWEVER, if the loco runs fine as is...don't worry about it. Just a thought.

Woodie



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Woodie: I read the price as $57 not $7.

Ron D.

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You still got a deal anyway! Pardon me, I am an old dude...

Woodie



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no problem woodie, and I am thinking that the gears might have already been upgraded since there are about 2 extra sets of gears that came in the box with it, but they were in un-labeled sandwich bags so I don't know what they are, or what's already in it.

Last edited on Sun Feb 3rd, 2013 06:32 pm by S.L.C.C.



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Soledad Lumber & Coal Co.

1) MDC Shay
2) Rivarossi Heisler
3) MDC Climax
4&5) Mantua 0-4-0 switcher's(twins)
6) Tyco 0-8-0
7) AHM 0-4-0 Plymouth diesel switcher
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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 12:41 am
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well, I ran the shay around the test track, and after fixing a short it seemed to function nicely, the side gearing on the trucks has an issue when going around a sharp curve though, when going forwards, the very front gear "hops" between the teeth on the side of the wheel and the retainer, same for the very most rear gear when reversing through a sharp curve.



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Soledad Lumber & Coal Co.

1) MDC Shay
2) Rivarossi Heisler
3) MDC Climax
4&5) Mantua 0-4-0 switcher's(twins)
6) Tyco 0-8-0
7) AHM 0-4-0 Plymouth diesel switcher
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Here's what you can do about the lineshafts...keep the teeth on the first (front) wheel and carefully cut the gears off the others. Sounds radical, but it works. Then you will have the front wheel turning the crankshaft and the others just looking great. Then the lineshafts will operate right and everything will be OK. Trust me, this works. I have 4 HOn3 Shays that are this way and they run fine and the lineshafts work great.

Woodie



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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 06:45 am
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Woodie, I trust you, yet I have 2 extra sets of gears + whats on the loco and I can't tell the difference between what's in the bag and what's on the loco, and I don't want to go cut up an expensive gear set, I'd rather cut up cheap stuff. So my question to you is: How do I tell the difference between the expensive N.W.S.L. gears and the cheap stuff?, and you're saying to only leave one gear, the very front one, on the front truck, intact? Thanks for the help/advice :) it is much appreciated as I only have a few months of knowledge/experience compared to your years and years.



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Soledad Lumber & Coal Co.

1) MDC Shay
2) Rivarossi Heisler
3) MDC Climax
4&5) Mantua 0-4-0 switcher's(twins)
6) Tyco 0-8-0
7) AHM 0-4-0 Plymouth diesel switcher
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A few months ago I bought an MDC Shay on eBay. It was advertised as being a "contrary runner". That' s a euphemism, I discovered, for "sometimes lurches forward or back a few inches". Now here's the kicker(s): it is painted and weathered and detailed AND has a DCC and sound decoder installed!

Always wanted a Shay. But not long after the purchase I was diagnosed with a rare and very nasty variant of prostate cancer. My layout keeps me in good spirits, but I have neither the time nor energy for an ailing Shay. Anyone out there interested in playing wih it? -- PM me

Josh

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