In spite of the front truck being split in three places, the “Shay” run without having a break for 8 hours on Mark Fielder’s “The Pizza” layout. The Searails PowerMAX! motor is not cheap but, in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.
I enjoyed assembling all the components of this little locomotive. The tender, the cab, and the boiler soldered to the frame:
The two steam cylinders engine is made up of pewter and brass components soldered together:
More small components have been added: chimney, front and rear lights, cab ventilation lid, engine cover (brass):