Shay - Painting
The engine was the last thing to be painted before the Shay was operational again. I was undecided at first whether to use powder coat or black oxide on the engine. The black oxide is nice because it doesn't build on the surface and interfere with operation. The oxide coating has a flat finish but is shinny when covered with oil which will likely be the case on the engine. When disassembling the engine I found several areas with rust ---- in spite of the oil. The steam environment is harsh on the rust prone castings. So, decided to do the powder coat.
The following engine parts were powder coated:
The upper cylinder heads, steam chest covers, valve mechanisms, rods, crossheads , packing glands, crank and bearings weren't painted.
The photo above shows the back side of the reassembled engine. It'll probably never look this good again
A steam test is next so that all the leaks can be found. Also, a way to hold the locomotive in my small SUV must be devised. After that must wait for decent weather for a trip to the track (there's several inches of snow on the ground and more coming). The cab window frames are next on the list to finish off the cab so that it can be painted.