SEARAILS research indicated the 2700+ SHAYs that Lima produced for Logging, Mining, and Freight hauling were not "cookie-cutter" designs. Each SHAY purchase used a basic gear-powered concept, with many different design features.
Now, you may create a SHAY specifically of your own design without the labor of research, investment, development, and production. SEARAILS provides a catalog of different "drop-in" functional components including; trucks, fore and aft lights, exhaust stacks, steam domes, grit domes, bells, whistles, choices of metal or wood cabs both open and closed, fuel bunkers for wood, coal, and oil, water containment, fore and aft pilots of metal, wood, or grates, with coupler housings that support the wide variety of couplers available in the different scales, and cab railings and steps, boiler backheads and steam controls, and tenders of different configurations, all using either 6.5mm or 9mm gauge for Z scale (1/220-6.5mm), N scale in both 6.5mm gauge for Nn3, and 9mm gauge for N.
SEARAILS provides a catalog with some of these options, and accepts requests for additional options to be included in its SHAY catalog.
Please see David P. Chan's design selections below, and imagine all of the surface features that are interchangable. David's was the first order received.
David P. Chan is the first client for a SHAY "Custom Design" from SEARAILS. His custom design selections are published here with the CAD Blueprint drawing of the SHAY Standard Base Body. Each selection is noted in the Blueprint. There are three views; Top, Side Elevation, and Perspective.
The details Mr. Chan selected are of his own choosing, and not specifically reproduced from an existing Lima SHAY design. There were 2700+ SHAYs designed and constructed to provide the maximum work effort in the client's working environment. Narrow gauge was the preferred rail standard, however, only the rail "standard" was common to some SHAYs. There were very few of the total number of SHAYs that were specified with identical features.
You may select whichever components you wish without fear of another modeler having the EXACT SAME configuration. Yours will be unique, and you can define a new component design for your specific needs. Each new component design submitted will be thoroughly studied and priced within the range of the existing catalog. Please see and download the present catalog on this website's SHAY Parts Catalog Page.
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Now the modeler can specify particular conformations that provide a personal design produced specifically for purposes of the individual layout design to be used.
Thanks to Lima for accepting the many different client use specifics that allow for the replication of many different designs and uses. SEARAILS catalog of components provides those design choices that can easily be produced using modern CAD drafting techniques to generate "cast-in" brass finished produced from a particular 3D design.
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