As the title states this Shay came to me in 2002, it had been detailed, weathered, and a P97 board installed. It had also been knocked off the table and broke all to hell. Also during it’s short running life it had been left out in the weather and suffered some damage from that.
So when it was givin to me it went in a box and sat on a shelf gathering dust. I always figured it for a “someday project” because of it’s unique look. For some reason this past December seemed like a great time to begin the rebuild so out it came and the assessment and tear down started. As usual I didn’t think about pictures until I was well into the project.
Stripped down and the cleanup started. Old trucks gone and the speaker ring cut off to flatten the deck. All original electronics removed to make way for the new RailPro system. Some wires were left in place to use as pull wires so I didn’t have to remove the boiler.
A couple pictures showing the, to me, excessive weathering and dirt accumulation on and in the loco.
The rear crane deck had been broken loose and seemed too lightly built so I beefed it up and added some detail to it. Also added a rear coupler pocket that had been cut down to fit under the deck.
Test fitting the crane boom back on the deck.
Then the project went on hold waiting for Rail Pro and other parts and also The start of the MIK Challange. Although I did get the new trucks wired and mounted, my last pair from the original introductory price offering of 99 dollars, remember those?
More to come.