Nelson Riedel Nelson@NelsonsLocomotive.com
Initial: 04/27/04 Last Revised: 06/07/2004
The Shay is ready for the first run at the
track. But first, the ~ 500 pounds must be moved from the
basement workshop to the track. I've put together this page to show
at least one way to do the transport. Recall that I'm a novice so
this was all new to me.
|Unloading: The ~one hour drive to Mill Creek
Central Railroad went smooth. MCC has a convenient
unloading arrangement directly onto the transfer table. This photo shows rolling out the tender.
|The table was then rolled over and aligned with the
|The locomotive also slid out easily.
The shay has arrived! All that is needed is to
connect everything together. The Wal-Mart bag on the
tender is an "economy" cover for a foam
cushion. That's Dick McCloy, MCC President
The return ride went smoothly too. Loading took less
than 5 minutes and the same to unload back home.
The tender securing arrangement consisting of the stud in
the front and the bungee cord across the rear of the truck seems to be a
good long term solution.
The locomotive securing arrangement also worked well and
is satisfactory for a while. However, the wood block stop ahead of
the left foot peg won't work after the foot pegs are raised. The
bungee cords are also a pain to put on and take off. Dick
McCloy suggested a dummy coupler in the front. Another
possibility is to make something that clamps the two trucks
down. Will come back and update this when I get that all
|Update: The wood track unit worked out quite
well. It's fairly light so it's not too hard to remove
and reinstall. A cross brace rests against the
seatback hinges which will keep the unit from sliding forward if
the back of the unit is prevented from lifting up. The photo
shows a fixture that connects the wood unit to the spare tire
hold-down bolt. This will hold the wood track unit
down and against the seatback hinges.
|Locomotive front restraint: The bungee cords worked
pretty well but were a chore to connect. The fixture
shown on the right was made to restrain the front of the
locomotive. The vertical bar in the center was
machined to accept the front coupler. (I've been told
3/4" angle will also work.) The bar across the top
supports the bar and also prevents the coupler from sliding
up in the case of a sudden stop. The locomotive is rolled
against the bar with an open coupler. Once the coupler
closes and latches, the locomotive is
|Locomotive rear restraint: The end of the threaded rod of
the fixture shown on the right slides through the hole in
the locomotive - tender coupling. The wing nut is then
tightened down to hold the locomotive against the wood
rails. The threaded rod is bent to fit around the brake
With the added fixtures, the locomotive and tender can be loaded and
unloaded in a couple minutes.