back of the Shay Tender
Nelson Riedel Nelson@NelsonsLocomotive.com
Initial: 05/23/04 Last Revised: 06/06/2004
The shay is now running so
it's time to finish those last few cosmetic details. This page
covers the sanders and ladder on the back of the tender. The
remaining cosmetic details on the boiler will be covered
|Ladder: The ladder sides were cut from 1/16" thick steel
plate. The rungs are 1/8" rod silver soldered to the
|Sanders: The sanders were fabricated from 1" thick
aluminum. The pieces were rough sawed and then finished on
|There is a row of rivets up
each side and another row around the bottom of each sand
tank. A rivet spacing of 0.25" was used for the #0 drive screws
that simulate the rivets. A drilling template was made to ease the task
of drilling the holes. The photo shows
the template in use on the side of one of the sand tanks.
|A back plate of 1.375" wide 1/8" steel was made for each
sand tank. The two backs were screwed together and cut at
the same time. The photo shows the pieces after the
cutting. The upper and two lower legs were later thinned to about
3/32" thickness on the mill.
|This photo shows the back of the left sand tank and the front of
the right sand tank. The caps were made from 7/8" diameter
brass rod with a 4-40 filister head screws through the
center. The head of the screw was filed down so that the
screw slot was no longer there. The output pipe is 3/16"
tube that will connect to a short hose.
|Finished: Well, not quite finished, still need
pieces of hose to run from the tubes through the
floor. Will deal with that when the pipes from the
sand dome are finished.