Shay Transporter & Test
Recall that I stopped work on the drive shafts and universals when the lathe drive belt broke. I made the engine mount while waiting for the replacement belt to arrive. Finished the mount and still no belt so decided to finish the planned transporter and test stand.
Recall that the completed locomotive will weigh over 400 pounds so at some point I'll have to deal with moving it. Some months back Harbor Freight had a 1100 pound capacity hydraulic table on sale for $200. The table has large wheels and the height adjusts from 11" to 33" This seemed to be a nice way to move the locomotive ---- the table lowered to get a low center of gravity for stability when moving and then be raised for construction and maintenance. The plan was to put about 7 feet of rail on the top. The problem was that the table top is 3 feet long necessitating that the rails extend beyond the edge of the table --- interfering with the handle and hydraulic controls.
The photo above shows the modified table, now called a Shay Transporter. I had rolled it out of the basement workshop onto a cedar walkway. (This photo was taken in May. The wife had fertilized the lawn a few weeks before --- against my wishes. With the spring rain, the grass grows about 6" per day. Guess who cuts the grass?) The rails are 1/8" X 1.5" channels clamped to the top of the table. There are stops at each end to keep the locomotive from rolling off the end. The stops can be removed so that the locomotive can be rolled off on to a track.
With the Transporter and Test Fixtures I'll be able to fire up the locomotive and test everything out in the basement workshop. On second thought, it might be wise to move it outside before making a fire ----- the black oil soot might strain the furnace filter ---- might also strain the spouse.