Remotoring An MDC Shay...

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Lighthorseman, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Hi, Gang!

    I'm looking for anyone's past experience with remotoring MDC's HO Shay. I have two that I'd like to bash into On30. One is an older 3-truck with what looks like a really old-style motor. The other is a slightly newer 2-truck with a can-type looking motor.

    I've heard that NWSL (??) has a remotoring this correct? I'm technically a "Newbie", so is this a relatively simple swap?

    Looking forward to ANY help!:D
  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi, The Can motor in the MDC is in fact the older version, but still a good motor. The new versions are being produced with the new 5 pole S/W open frame and these are superb, and will take a flywheel also.

    I have these in all except one of my MDC shays.

  3. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Re-Motoring MDC Shays

    Hi Steve, Sorry to say its not a simple swap but its not the worst in the world either.

    Send me your address and I will snail mail you some articles on what's required to accomplish the swap and re-gear operation.

    My e-mail address is

    The articles are too lengthy to post here.
  4. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    There's a good book on reworking the MDC Shay....

    Called, oddly enough, "The MDC Shay Handbook", by Jeff Johnston, published by Oso Publishing. I believe it can be purchased either directly from the publisher, or from Model Die Casting.

    Bill S

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