Youre lucky tac.All I ask is that you follow the lube instructions to the letter, particularly as it has sat unused for years. The Hob-E-Lube set of different grades and types contains all you'll ever need. My two-truck shay was bought from Caboose Hobbies in Denver in 1999, and is still going strong - on the original trucks!!!!!!!
Hello MaximI would recommend an ESU XL decoder. One decoder does it al. Enough current for all the motors at once and the original Shay sounds are amazing. This is mine with ESU XL:
Thanks Greghere is the exploded parts diagram. There are 2 switches in the front of the smokebox, once you open it. The smaller part swings out.
One is the smoke switch... (on first page, lower right corner)
Somewhere out there, the manual, which was supplied on a VHS cassette (and maybe later on DVD) is available.
Took a look this morning. I found the switch is in the front of the smoke box.Sadly the switch was in the ON position.Thanks Greg
I will take a good look at the engine in the morning.
Hi PhilPDo hunt-out the lubrication instructions for this model..
There are lot's of moving parts, and potential for wear, and you will not get any spares in the future.
Get pleasure form running it, but remember you are the Custodian for the next owner..
One thing I do when oiling the loco is to take off the bottom plates instead of just removing the plastic bung. That gives you more access to the gears etc. and you can check for cracked final drive gears as well. Easy to remove as just four small screws per plate. I love the fact it uses ball races and not just plain bearings.You have some catching-up to do. The instructions are quite clear that you should lube-up before you start-up. Back when the original two-truck version came out, Bachmann AND the MR press remarked that it was THE most complex mass-produced railroad locomotive model ever produced, with more working parts than a Chinese laundry.
You'll need to get on top of the lube programme sooner rather than later.
First, of course you'll need to switch on the smoke unit. But to get the amount of smoke I got, you'll have to place a tiny fan behind the smoke unit. The air flow is not good in this model. The smoke unit makes an awful lot of smoke, but it falls back down in the chimney.Hello Maxim
I have recently purchased a 2 truck Shay. May I please ask how do you set it up to produce smoke ? I have put some of the correct fluid into the smoke stack on the front and given it a run but no smoke. Can you please tell me how to do it.