55-ton Shay

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  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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  2. brakie

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    Sounds like you had a fun day.. :thumb: Know what I like about a shay? Thet sound like they are doing 90mph but only doing 5mph.. :D
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    It's funny that you say that, they do sound really different. There is no "four chuffs" to each revolution of the drivers. It's constant, and there are six (three cylinders). Above walking speed, it does sound like it is going flat out.

    They really punched it one time though as they were goign to hook up. A huge cloud of smoke belched out of the stack, and the clanking of the cylinders and associated gearing was quite loud as it flew down the track at at least 20mph... which is really flying for a Shay.

    Andrew
  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Sounds like a real fun day Andrew. Any chance that you got some photos?
    The sound of shays is awesome.
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Yup - will try to upload tomorrow... :)

    Andrew
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Here are the pictures...!

    Here they are...

    1) T&NV General Electric 50-ton switcher

    2) Shay with the ex-CPR caboose at the "station". The official's car is behind the caboose.

    3) The front of the Shay

    4) Climb on board the caboose - complete, mostly authentic interior!

    5) A view from the cupola.

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  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    And the last ones - a closer look at the workings of the Shay...

    1) Detail of the cylinders

    2) Backhead detail. The long grey bar across the bottom of the photo is the throttle, and the big dial in the middle is the boiler pressure (running at about 150psi). Out of sight (bleow the bottom of the picture) is the firebox, but there is not much to see, as this is an oil fired beastie... ;)

    Hope you enjoyed the ride!

    Andrew

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  8. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks Andrew for these great photos. What a fantastic way to spend some time EH!
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Could not have asked for a better day... OK, except two things:

    1) Less humidity... ;)

    2) More track for the Shay to run on. It only has a few hundred metres between the shop and the end of the line (all on Museum property). It would be fantastic to run her as a real excursion line through Gatineau Park or something like that. :cool:

    Here are two happy passengers (my girls 1 and 3.5 yrs) in the T&NV Officials' Car.

    Andrew

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  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    You are indeed fortunate to have such cute daughters Andrew. I am sure they keep you busy. They seem to be enjoying the day very much.
  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    We all had a great time. The eldest insisted on multiple rides (hey, who am I to argue... ;) ).

    Andrew