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 Posted: Sun Feb 5th, 2017 12:01 am
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OK, a left-handed Shay. Just what I need, then I can run one one way & this one the other way and always get to see the "action".



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oh wow



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If I am not mistaken, I think left-hand Shays were known as Williamettes (not sure about the spelling).

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Larry,

That's not true. The Williamette had some improvements on Shay's. See here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willamette_locomotive

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Larry, Lima built 4 of these little left-handed models for a "Mexican mining road". They were 36" gauge.I don't think Williamette built any narrow gauge jobs, they were all big old standard gauge locos. I do know(?) that NWSL (Northwest Short Line) was the only company to import a model of a Williamette, that was HO scale.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 7th, 2017 02:23 am
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Alwin,
I stand corrected. This shows how much I know.
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It's OK, I don't know nothin' anyway. Just ask me...

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It's OK, I don't know nothin' anyway. Just ask me...

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I'm asking, what do you know for sure.

I just keep guessing, hoping for a correct answer once in a while.

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OK, this I do know. After many, many years of freelancing narrow gauge railroads, this time I am following a real prototype (with a couple of concessions) as best that I can. That's what I know.
Now, what was the question?

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For those who love dozers...
Over in Si's story about Mysterious Moose Mountain, the railroad-related ramblings have been suspended due to interest in small bulldozers and vehicles with tracks so I thought that I'd do the same. Both Si and Doug have built and shown what they have done with a Tamiya 1:48 Komatsu bulldozer kit. I finally got one and have proceeded to goof it up. Doug's model is a derelict piece of rusting machinery in the weeds, Si's has been "reassigned" into a 1:35 crawler. Like Si, I wanted a 1:35 model...so without any further adieu, here 'tis:





Still in "pristine" dark green paint, I offer my per"version" of the beautiful kit. Some cutting & whacking was done (blade enlarged with styrene, tracks widened with tubing, and a large operator's seat). For those who would like a small, even in O scale, dozer...this is a great kit and easy to assemble and not too hard on the pocketbook. Still to do is make some HOLT decals for the radiator sides and weathering.
When I started this, I thought that the blade would need to have a cable & winch to raise & lower it...a backdate to 1920. But in looking at the net, I found an ancient video of a "1920 bulldozer in use at a trash dump" (Google it) and low & behold...it had a hydraulic blade control just like the model! Instead of making too much work for myself, I installed the hydraulic parts.
She's still a little one, similar to the 5 ton Holt shown in Si's thread but fits my scheme better than a big machine, I only have so much room on the layout. Now I need to figure out what to do with this...after the weathering (not too much) is done.
Thanks guys for helping me spend my money. I guess it's RAMEN for next week's dinners.



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