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Among live steamers, the Shay has been popularized by the writings of Kozo Hiraoka. However, Kozo’s Shays and the only other Shay castings commercially available are for the lighter duty Shays.

LocoGear is now introducing castings for two of the largest Shays ever built! The parts listed in this catalog can be used to build two prototype Shays: the Western Maryland Railway #6, and the Greenbrier, Cheat & Elk Railroad #12.

Although the LocoGear castings were originally intended for WM #6, there are many castings which can also be used to build GC&E #12, just as Lima used many of the same casting patterns for both Shays. However, not all of the parts necessary for GC&E #12 are currently available. Most notably absent are the slide valve cylinders and cylinder frames. Many other parts, if not exact, can still be used with confidence to make a good replica.

The castings available from LocoGear are designed for 1½" scale. All of the castings can be used for either 7¼" or 7½" gauge. On a Shay, the difference in gauge can simply be made in the axles.

Site URL: http://www.locogear.com/
Date resource added: 10-Nov-2016
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