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Behemoth engines

Post by Fred_V » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:30 am

The guy that bought my big red engine (the avitar one) wants more. He is looking for a Shay like the one in this video.

anyone know of any like this. Please don't suggest the Buckwalter Shay.
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Post by ccvstmr » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:28 am

...I'd suggest contacting Ken Schroeder in Gardnerville, NV. Sorry, don't have contact info readily available. Ken sells various shay castings...think in 1.5/1.6 as well as 2.5" scales. Don't know if he still does contract build projects. Carl B.
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Post by Berkman » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:37 am

That shay looks to be 3.75 scale.

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Post by Soot n' Cinders » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:15 am

Fred, thats an Ikon Engineering Shay (link has been corrected). It is 3.75" scale. I believe they still make them, but they are in New Zealand so shipping would be expensive on top of how ever much they want to build the shay.
I dont know of any 3.75" scale shay kits out there, the few shays that size I know of have all been custom built either entirely out of bar stock or using Cole's Case steam tractor cylinders.

-2.5" scale Class A 20 Ton Shay

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Post by Steve Goodbody » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:20 pm

Hi Fred,

Although I'm not sure of its current whereabouts, and without wishing to hijack your post, below are some pictures from 1985 of a very similar Shay in the UK (7.25" gauge) that I used to drive. I'm driving the loco in the black and white picture below the title, Geoff Billington (who some may know) is driving on the cover. I was heavily involved with Uckfield MRC 'back in the day' and still have ties back to the club and good friends.

Pete's Shay 'Blackhawk' was a magnificent beast, made even more so because it could be converted to a paddle steamer. He would remove the cab, unpin the trucks from the frame, hoist the entire loco as a single unit into the air and then drop it into his homemade boat. Hooking up the Cardan shafts to the paddle drive, off he went!
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Post by johnpenn74 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:03 pm

Here's a 3 3/4 built by John Fredricks of ohio.

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Post by Glenn Brooks » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:12 am


Alas, Ikon Engineering has closed down their model engineering line and sold off all their equipment. I spoke with the owner a few months ago to inquire about castings and was surprised to learn there were never any patterns or castings - all their work was fabricated and turned. In any event, the passing of an era...

However, They will sell plans sets. So i suppose it is still be possible to build a new Ikon loco from their plans.


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Re: Behemoth engines

Post by BAdams » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:36 am

Soot -

I think you missed a letter when copying the link:

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