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~ Welcome to "The Shay Fixer" for all your brass needs ~

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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How about satisfied customers? Here is a sampling...

 

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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't 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 to detail 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...Ready to be attached...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 fair 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,

This '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. She looks great AND works great AND 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

I am 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 Shay today...it, she, really looks beautiful and she runs really smooth, just like clockwork...

 

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 ran her for the first time today and she 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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Pete from New Hampshire...

Hi Phil,

Are the toothed wheel gears on (non-helical geared) Cowichan's, Hillcrest's and Benson's so delicate that they aren't going to last very long in actual operation no matter what care is given them? The model runs well, but I compare those baby teeth to the teeth on a B-2 Shay...hmmm!

…Beautiful model work on your website!

By the way- I recommended you and Nano Oil to Bob Brown at the Gazette for a story. Don't know if he followed up, but I think you have some valuable techniques for PFM Shays. Thanks again...

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Robert from Alliance, Ohio...

Phil,

I did receive the Climax on Friday. I have tested it and she runs fine, really silent and smooth.

Thank you for a very nice job.

Sincerely, Robert

 

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William from Green, Ohio...

Hello,

   Hope you can help - Getting a nostalgia bug for a brass Shay I used to own...I believe it was a KTM import, in HOn30.  I think they just took an HOn3 model and regauged the wheels; actually it looked a little large scale for HOn30.  I had one in the box (marked HOn30) - not the finest model, but I have that bug to relive those early days...Probably dated from 1980's (?). Anyway, if you ever run onto one in a collection or whatever, I would be interested.

I like your approach - going over everything and making them right running, because I'm well aware of early problems.  I'd rather pay more that way than buy a pig in the poke in an auction...

Thanks, William...

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Rob from Loomis, California...

Phil,

I just wanted to let you know that I picked up the Shays from the Post Office yesterday. You did a wonderful job of packaging! The Shays look GREAT!!! I haven't had a chance to run them yet so I will have to take them over to my buddies house to operate them. I don't have anything set-up and wired to run them on yet...but I am working on that!

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I got them safe, they look good. I also got all the packing and programming paperwork you sent so thanks a lot.

I will let you know how they run when I get them over to my buddies layout. I am sure that they will run fine given the YouTube video  you sent me.

Later...

The Shays run great and how you programmed them...so simple and sooo effective, a real joy and so much fun to operate. Thanks again...

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Ed from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Hi Phil!

USPS was here with my shay. I tried it out already. It runs real smooth! Later today I'll try it with a string of cars on the switchback.

Thanks for your help!

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Craig from Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada...

Good afternoon Phil,

The truck you returned to me arrived today in excellent condition and runs exceptionally well.

Many thanks...

 

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Don from Arcanum, Ohio...

Hello Phil,  I just unpackaged my PFM rear truck which you repaired and I'm impressed.  It rolls very, very smooth and the U-joint looks better than new.  Thanks!

 

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Grandad Eldon, The Motorman, from Hurst, Texas...

Hello Phil

Want to thank you for your referral of your customer Barry. He called me today.

Your website is an outstanding piece of work!!

Happy trains!! Thank you...

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Harry from Tullytown, Pennsylvania...

Hi Phil,

I've been having so much fun with my Shay. I want to thank  you for the great work you did. I'm really impressed with the set up on the decoder.  It operates like a real train. After replacing the gears, the Shay pulls a load of cars up the mountain without a problem.

Great job and Thanks,

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Leland from Anacortes, Washington...

Phil,

Shay arrived last night in the mail and tested it this morning. She runs really fine! Thank you so much!

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Kent from Sands Springs, Oklahoma...

Hello Phil,

I apologize for not having gotten back to you this past week...Friday I finally had an opportunity to run the three trucker... she runs so sweetly. Smooth and quiet and I am still using an inexpensive Athearn DC transformer.  Thank you for the superb overhaul. Will be back in touch soon...Take care and stay warm...

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Dave from Lithgow, NSW, Australia...

Phil,

        The truck arrived yesterday. The repair is excellent. Fitted it back on , and runs just fine, thanks...

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Mark from Henderson, Nevada…

Hi Phil,

 Just a short note to let you know how pleased I am with your service. My Shay has never run as great as it does now after your gear replacement and maintenance service.   I use to run it only once or twice a month, now it is in everyday service!  Loving it!   Thanks for all you do...

www.loostrains.com

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Mike from Upland, California…

Phil,

I want to thank you for the fine work  you did on re-gearing my Bachmann Shay, but most of all for your frequent and thorough communication, keeping me in the loop with all that you were doing.  The one reason I bought this Shay in the first place was knowing, that for a small investment with you, I would have a truly good running model which would give me a lot of years of enjoyment.  You didn’t disappoint me.  I’m absolutely delighted with this new addition to my stable of locomotives.  Now, all I have to do is purchase your Testtraxx and my workshop will be complete!  Thanks again for your great service and workmanship...

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Jan from Gaithersburg, Maryland…

Phil,

Your suggestion worked for my problem with the WSM 4-truck Gigantic Shay. I used two small square pieces of brass across the end of the trucks and pulled the trucks tighter against the side rods. This stopped the slipping that I was seeing under load. Many thanks for your suggestions...

 

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Dave from Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin…

Phil,

The photos are beautiful. Did you use a cam for the chuff rate or CV 116?

And...

my Shay is running fine now, thanks!!!...

 

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Jim Hutchinson from Sparks, Nevada…

Phil,

It really looks good! Can't wait to see and hear it. See you Tuesday at 12:15 or there about.

Thanks so very much...

 

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Paul from Endeavor, Pennsylvania...

Phil,

Looks great from here, you are definitely a craftsman! Other than that, please ship it, I have a brother that will be green with envy at Christmas.

Thanks,

Smitty

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Hollis from Weston, Ontario, Canada...

Phil,

I am happy you acknowledged my email. I am still looking around for a replacement part, if however, I am unable to get one, I will ship the truck. Appreciate you replying to my email. I look at your site and you do amazing work. I admire it greatly!

Regards…

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Paul from Endeavor, Pennsylvania...

Phil,

Excellent! You do very nice work!! Thanks also for the complementary items.

Notice the hat, #2 was the Salmon Creek Lumber Co. Shay that my great grandfather operated.

Talk to you soon.

Happy New Year,

Smitty

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 ...and in parting...

 

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

 

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