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Murdoch17 posted a topic in LEGO Train TechThis type of geared type loco is called a "Shay" (specifically a type "A", which means two pistons and two trucks) and were named after their original inventor of the type, Ephraim Shay. These loco's could only go about 20 miles per hour (or about 32 Kilometers per hour, if that's your thing) at top speed, and were very steady on rough track, hauling logging and mining trains up grades that would easily stall conventional steamer types. You can read more about Shay geared steam locomotive's at Wikipedia. Please NOTE: The design of the original Shay I redid into my version was by Stephan Pakbaz over on Flickr, as seen below. (His LDD file allowed me to build my version) as seen here. The 1 x 1 tiles on either side of the coal bunker are supposed to be printed with the number "4" The Shay type only has pistons on one side, with the other side being kinda sparsely decorated. Usually, their would be various accessories and such on this side, but i liked it better devoid of any clutter. The Shay geared steam loco bends in a odd way... but at least it works. NOTE: The angle shown is quite a bit more severe curve than the loco will ever have to handle.... but it looks pretty cool! This raw ore car was modeled after a custom Brick Link item by @wildchicken13 except mine is narrower and uses two wheels for a Wild West flair. You can see the original item that inspired me here. The caboose follows my standard pattern for my Western trains, with only a few color swaps and a missing cupola on top to set it apart from the others. Here we see the mining train consisting of four silver ore cars and a caboose, without the Shay. This is my latest (and most likely last) Western styled train, and it will join my other four steamers and their trains in my Wild West collection sometime later in 2018. (The reason I say "last" is that I've run out of railroad-related ideas for my Wild Western layout and am planning on focusing on the updated Native American camp, revised Fort Legoredo and the remaining frontier town buildings after this.) As you may have suspected, the ore the mining train holds comes from my well-protected silver mine, which can be seen in it's own topic. ...and as usual, comments, questions, complaints and suggestions are always welcome!
Creatures? yes... from the Frozen Beyond tales had been told about these creatures, cold hearted, freezing everyone on their path. the mountain city of Arcium lead by Infernum had seen the beacons of the other guilds had been lit... Warning signs they where... the day had come. Shay knew it, every sole knew it. Ay, Shay spoke to himself, "We saw this coming didn't we, we couldn't live this jolly life forever... no" the scream of danger was taken over the whole city as Shay ran outside. "Let's go then, finally i can finish my business. I will find him and will kill him and everyone who dares to stop me" Shay had built a tower a few rope swings from his house, he was part of a group specialized in cutting wood and slinging ropes, the Arcians they called themselves... but that is something for later. Shay jumped out of his cliff house and swung a rope to the top. reaching his own beacon, a beacon he had built for own purposes most of the city folk knew it was his, they knew when it was lit it meaned business for Shay that it was something private and emotional. When suddenly Infernum stood behind him. "What is the meaning of this?" Infernum asked. Shay pointed to the north worried, Oh god... Infernum said "Sound the alarms! this is war!"... He ran his way to the main city Beacon, leaving Shay behind... he was just standing there saying nothing, he was just looking... and looking... And here to show that it is in fact a very tiny fire bowl. I hope you enjoyed! Seeya lads, This was also intended to be my: Defenses, Tower Phase 1