Shay Demo Train.

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Dave Harris, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

    In another thread about a scratch built B&O tender I mentioned a 4 truck flat car I built to carry a shay on trips around the country to demonstrate it. Seemed like a logical thing for Lima to do, considering how slow they were. I got the idea when MDC came out with the set of 3 ( I think) Shay decorated cars-- i got & built the set & then made a 4 truck flat car to carry the loco. here are some pics of that car , showing the bolster I built to do it & one of the tender for the train. I know it looks pink!!, but its the color that the MDC shay cars were!

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  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I like your method of making the trucks swivel independently of each other and still be able to follow curves.
  3. mooreway

    mooreway Member

    Great project, The weathering looks great.
  4. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

    Russ, pretty much had to, it would not work otherwise.

    Thanks mooreway. I figured that it being a sales promotion train that it would be pretty well kept up.
  5. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

    Here are pics of two of the 3 MDC Shay cars. I only recently found the box car on E bay . Now I guess a little photocopy work will give me logos & copy to make a cabbose. What do you think --a bobber?
    Yes , I know one car is missing an end rail & one is short a coupler. One day I will get "A Round Tuit" & then I will fix that.

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  6. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

    HUH! I never noticed it before ,MDC made those cars different colors! That sucks.
  7. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Despite the many fights that have been fought in MRR clubs over the years, no standard colors really existed in the 19th century.

    Colors were made by mixing Sherwin Williams pigments in buckets each time the paint shop went to work. Two boxcars paint D&RG Indian Red would be different shades. Same thing with two "chocolate brown" passenger cars. Further, the sun would bleach out various colors. After a time, the varnish would be rubbed off and a new coat would be applied. It is actually a sign of poor modeling if all the boxcars are the same shade of red.

    It looks just fine with them being different shades :thumb:
  8. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

    Happy to hear that, especially in light of the fact that I just discovered that there is yet another car ( besides the unbuilt boxcar ( that belongs with this train, I had it stashed in an odd box, & it is another shade !
    I also stumbled across an OLD brass Mantua 4 wheel bobber caboose that I've had for years . A little restoration & some wheels should make it perfect to finish this train off & it will undoubtely come out yet another shade of red.
  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Beautiful work!

    I suppose you realize that you will need a modular layout soon to operate your demo train on. You know you won't be able to handle having it just "sit there"! Then a depot, a few buildings, some people....:mrgreen:
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Dave, I don't think you need a caboose with that train. I think the combine would serve the same purpose.

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