A Willie! Nice work! And don't worry I think we can wait for this beauty.
My newest motto: Narrow Mindedness: the utter fascination and all consuming love of all railroad equipment that is narrow gauge, I myself have an acute case of this disease, for which there is (fortunately) no cure
For what it's worth, I am totally impressed with 2 days work and at this point
knowing, for the most part, exactly what it will look like once you're done.
It won't matter whether you weather it up or deliver it brand new, I, for one,
will be a proud owner.
From the old photos I will assume it is standard gauge. Couldn't quite tell
"Floundering Around in Mediocrity For No Particular Reason...."
Actually, I just found a ton of drawings for different Shay locomotives, including ones of the Roaring camp Shays, heisler, and Climax. I may put up a thread to see what everyone wants as far as a geared locomotive.
I have heard that this is suspended indefinatly. Is this true?
No, just for the moment. I've taken up a rather smaller project involving wooden-rail locomotives and rolling stock.
My main problem is the walschaerts valve gear. I cannot find any documentation as to how it operates.
I can always take it back up at any time. It takes me very little time to actually model this stuff, it comes to me easily. But animating and exporting for TRS is always a pain so I choose which of my models go into it based on what I like most. Trust me, I have at least 10 different models in the works ranging from Class A Shays to Class C Heislers that I will finish at some point.
I'm assuming you've seen this page? http://home.new.rr.com/trumpetb/loco/. The animations are for rod engines, but I don't know how close it would be if you rotated it 90 degrees counterclockwise and replaced the middle wheel with a driveshaft?