I picked up a 1st Gen. Shay in a barter deal a year or so ago that was in pretty rough shape. I started taking it apart well over a year ago then put it aside when I found both drive gears stripped. I sent off the axles to Gary B. who pressed on some new metal gears for me, but I haven’t been motivated to get back to it before this weekend. Today I continued tear-down. I have removed both trucks, the tender, firebox bottom, steam cylinders, front light and smoke generator in preparation for a bath. I pulled most of the wiring except for the flicker board and the LEDs in the firebox. The plan is to completely re-wire the trucks and put battery, R/C and sound in the tender making this a self-contained R/C loco. I plan on wiring the font and rear lights to the R/C board and utilizing the smokebox door switch for on/off. I haven’t decided on what to do with the flicker board. I could retain it or just cut it loose and loose all the smokebox LEDs and the cab light. A question for those who own this loco - Is the smokebox flicker worth keeping? And since I know y’all demand pictures here is future CVSRy #5 getting a bath in the kitchen sink.
Ephraim Shay is probably rolling over in his grave