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I specialize in working on United/PFM geared engines...Shays, Heislers and Climaxes. I have in house, the largest inventory/selection of original PFM/United factory Shay parts in the world!!!

 

PFM/United Cowichan Shay...cab off, engineer's side upper view...final weathering...

Remotoring
Regearing
Tune-Ups
Decoder Installs
Lubrication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some particulars to remember about your prized brass engine...

 

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Anders from Slagtofta, Sweden...

The Shay looks terrific...

Ander's Shay is below...

 

PFM/United HOn3 Cowichan Shay...cab off, fireman's side upper view...final weathering... 

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PFM/United HOn3 Cowichan Shay...cab off, fireman's side upper rear view...final weathering... 

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PFM/United HOn3 Cowichan Shay...cab off, engineer's side view...final weathering... 

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PFM/United HOn3 Cowichan Shay...cab off, fireman's side rear close-up view...final weathering... 

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PFM/United HOn3 Cowichan Shay...full cab, engineer's side view...final weathering... 

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PFM/United HOn3 Cowichan Shay...engineer's side view...final weathering... 

 

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Neil from St. Louis, Missouri...

Phil, the Masons arrived yesterday afternoon! Somehow I waited until 8 pm to test them. (Can you just feel the struggle I went through, waiting for so MANY hours before trying them out? Had to wait for my wife to go to her tennis match!)... I am able to acquire their addresses and operate them. The momentum starts and stops are very impressive. The flywheels really help with pickup and getting through any sketchy spots. The work is very nice, Phil. I particularly appreciate the CV sheets for each loco. This is clearly an essential item of record-keeping that I will adopt for all my locos. So, please know that I am a happy customer, and I look forward to the other Masons...
Thanks again, take care and keep up the great work!

 

'The Shay Fixer' has remotored Neil's Mason with a new DZ-123 decoder, a surface mount golden white Led for a headlight 'round' out the work...'The Shay Fixer' has remotored Neil's 'Breckenridge' with a new DZ-123 decoder she is also sporting a surface mount golden white Led as a headlight...'The Shay Fixer' has remotored another one of Neil's Masons, adding a Congdon stack, a new DZ-123 decoder and a surface mount golden white Led for a headlight...

 

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Gregg from Cedar Rapids, Iowa...

Hi, Phil...Received the repaired shay in the mail yesterday. Repair on the U-joint looks really nice! Can't see that it was ever broken. Nice job!

As you said it would be, it is still a little balky and jerky on my test track, requires a little coaxing at times with a finger tap, but it does run and the U-joint functions fine. At present, it is just going to be a display model at best, so not a problem. I did learn my lesson about old NWSL shays though, and won't be shucking out big bucks for EBay bargains on NWSL shays in the near future.

Thanks for your attention and fine work! You'll be hearing from me if I have brass logging loco issues or projects in the future. Best wishes...

 

Here we have a little NWSL 18 Ton Shay with a broken universal joint...The broken universal...in pieces...at least we have the pieces???The universal tacked together for soldering...A picture of the newly repaired yoke assembly remounted on the driveline...The fully attached yoke assembly getting final adjustments before powering up for a test run...

 

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Robert from Lake Havasu, Arizona...

Robert from Az. here. I Just wanted to thank you for the awesome job you did repairing and restoring the B class 3 truck collection shay from (United PFM ) that I acquired back in October.
You are the only one I would have trusted with it & I am very pleased & impressed with all you did for it especially the gear cover on the rear truck. The quality of your work is outstanding & your rates are more than fare as well as your turn around time. Hope all is well & I will definitely do business with you in the future. Thanks again, you're friend on this end...Thanks...

 

Robert's new PFM/United 3-Truck Shay's broken driveline is ready to be fixed...A closer look at the driveline problem...invariably, other problems surface...and they did...that's part of working on 40-50+ year old brass engines...

 

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Thomas from Port Townsend, Washington...

Greetings Philip !...Trust all is well. Sunny day here, though only 44 degrees, tops. Will take it. Wanted to let you know I received the Shay today, looks and runs great! Just as expected. I want to thank you for your work, professionalism, and communications. It was a fun experience. You may consider me a formal reference for your work, and I will truly get back to you with any future issues with my Shays! Hey, I may even call just to talk about Shays!

You do that Thomas...Phil

 

The little PSC 22 Ton Shay now has its new crank shaft and runs well...

 

 

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Roy from Corpus Christi, Texas...

She arrived yesterday and I wiped off the tracks and ran my track cleaning boxcar over the entire layout twice before the test run. Once again I couldn't take my eyes off of the slow smoothly running Shay. It cleared every frog and I began to play switching games with the dozen loaded and half a dozen empty log buggies. By the time I was calling it an evening I was too tired to send off a receipt to you. The same thing nearly happened tonight. That engine will move so slowly you can see each individual car begin to move in a chain reaction as you start it off- that's impressive! After more than six hours of running, the wheels are still spotless (I also had cleaned all the rolling stock wheels per your suggestion). The design of those contacts on the insulated wheels is a solution I had thought impossible; your work is well worth your charges (and that is coming from someone who hates to spend money). I'm now an even happier customer...Thanks for your work...”

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 Watch the 'You Tube' video below to see:

Roy's HO PFM/United B-2 Shay going through her paces before going home...   

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Don Drew's personal PFM/United HOn3 Mich-Cal Shay getting a light weathering for its new owner...engineer's offset rear view...

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Don Drew's personal PFM/United HOn3 Mich-Cal Shay getting a light weathering for its new owner...fireman's offset rear view...

 

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Craig from Charlottesville, Virginia...

Dear Philip,
The 'high-stepping lady' arrived today and is everything you said she was.
Yes, I know I want a Shay . . .
Thanks

 

Such a fine little engine...Craig's new brass Precision Scale Co. Class "A" Shay 22 Ton HO scale HOn3 Shay engineer's forward frontal offset view...Craig's new brass Precision Scale Co. Class 'A'; Shay 22 Ton HO scale HOn3 Shay engineer's side view...Craig's new brass Precision Scale Co. Class 'A' Shay 22 Ton HO scale HOn3 Shay fireman's side view...Craig's new brass Precision Scale Co. Class 'A' Shay 22 Ton HO scale HOn3 Shay fireman's forward frontal offset view...

 

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Michael from Koenigsberger, Germany...

Hi Phil...My Shay just arrived...what a piece of art.
Thanks. Let's see what will be possible to get next. Regards...

 

The finest Mich-Cal ever made...Michael's new brass PFM/United Mich-Cal Lumber Co. HO scale HOn3 Shay engineer's forward frontal offset view...Michael's new brass PFM/United Mich-Cal Lumber Co. HO scale HOn3 Shay engineer's frontal offset side view...Michael's new brass PFM/United Mich-Cal Lumber Co. HO scale HOn3 Shay fireman's side view...Michael's new brass PFM/United Mich-Cal Lumber Co. HO scale HOn3 Shay fireman's rear offset view...

 

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Mike from The Basin, Victoria, Australia...

Hi Phil,
...Success! No idea where its been but awful pleased its arrived. Thanks for your help. It’s a great little machine.
Cheers...

 

'Classic' is its name implication...Mike's new brass Joe Works/Flying Zoo 18 ton HO scale HOn3 Climax engineer's forward frontal offset view...Mike's new brass Joe Works/Flying Zoo 18 ton HO scale HOn3 Climax engineer's side view...Mike's new brass Joe Works/Flying Zoo 18 ton HO scale HOn3 Climax fireman's side view...Mike's new brass Joe Works/Flying Zoo 18 ton HO scale HOn3 Climax fireman's forward frontal offset view...

 

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Jim from Birmingham, Alabama...

Hi Philip,

My Shay arrived today. It looks great AND it works great. It runs like a timepiece...Thanks a lot!!!

 

The beginning of Jim's project...repair, replace and create...Right off the bat, motor mount and bearing support were needed...The new bearing is cut to fit and compared to a new uncut bearing for reference...The new motor bearing is in, it fits! Now to soldering...

The final solution is at hand...The worm is actually ahead of the bearing and the old wood motor mount has been removed...All is in...the motor and flywheel have been airbrushed black to make them less visible but the assembly is in and it works well...Cab side panels are resoldered in, Jim's old decoder and wiring has been reused and all that is left is to button up and run her...

 

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 Watch the 'You Tube' video below to see:

Jim's HOn3 Westside-KTM Shay going through her paces before going home...   

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Matt from Edmond, Oklahoma...

Phil

Very happy with the quality of the repair work on my Feather River Shay. When I tested it I was amazed at how well it ran, smooth, no noise, the best running engine I have. I guess that Nano oil does work. I don't know how you were able to build a new u-joint but it looks like new. I am very glad that I have gotten to know you and look forward to conversations in the future...

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Bill from Eleva, Wisconsin...

Hi Phil,

I got the engine today...it, she, really looks beautiful and she runs really smooth...

 

Bill's HO Benson Shay is painted and ready to go back together...Another view of Bill's HO Benson Shay is painted and ready to go back together...Electrical contacts are polished, trucks are being put back together and mounted...Gear tower and motor mount going in...Motor and worm are getting their final fittings...Motor has been siliconed in and rear truck bolster installed...Rear truck installed...

Note...the rear component of the rear motor mount has been removed...result is a more streamlined and efficient use of space and materials...Trucks, motor, gearing and all have been installed and it is time to power up...She is ready to attach the superstructure...Bill wanted to decal and finish the clearcoat and weathering himself...Front truck is polished and ready to roll...Rear truck is polished and ready to roll also...Everything is aligned...Aligned and ready for final assembly...three screws and final testing...

 

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Sim from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada...

Hello Phil,

Sim calling from Canada. I don't know if you remember me or not...( I do Sim!)...but you did that Iron Horse Models 42 Ton Shay for me a while back... It had electrical problems and you put in a Tsunami 750, lights, couplers and everything...even a Tune-up and all...anyway, got it back from you buddy a number of months ago. I just used it for the first time today and it runs absolutely FLAWLESS!!!. Thank you so much...it is ABSOLUTELY GREAT! Bye bye...

 

 Watch the 'You Tube' video below to see:

Sim's HO PSC/Iron Horse Models 42 Ton Shay going through her paces before going home...   

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Josh from  Capitola, California...

The kids use the word "awesome" very loosely today, but this truly is! Worth every second of the (reasonable) wait for it. I no longer mourn my PFM 2-trucker of the 1960s. It is a fond memory, but this one is my new love. Thanks, Phil.

 

Watch the 'You Tube' video below to see:

Josh's HO Spectrum Shay going through her paces before going home...

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Anders from Slagtofta, Sweden...

Hi Phil,

I´m speechless.......it´s magical how that little lady operates. A million thanks for your excellent performance and by the way I´m sending your You tube clip to a number of friends...

Talk to you soon,

 

Watch the 'You Tube' video below to see:

Ander's Westside Models B-2 Shay going through her paces before going home...

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...and in parting...

 

Bob's KTM HOn3 Alishan Shay in black and white...kinda cool...

 

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