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Posted - 12/04/2017 :  8:07:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi folks,
I'm wondering, since there's many geared loco aficionados amongst us, if anyone has dealt with The Shay Fixer? http://www.shayfixer.com/theshayfixer.htm

I've been trying to contact him but I've received no response - is he still around? From what I can see on the interweb, if anyone can solve my problem, it's likely him.

Here's the scenario:

I've got an old United Mich-Cal Shay that's driving me 'round the bend. I've installed a TCS WOW-Sound decoder with keep-alive in a Kadee logging caboose. It's harnessed to the loco with a Soundtraxx 9-wire harness. This loco only picks up on half the wheels on each truck. If I put jumpers to each truck, the loco runs fine. As soon as I put it on the track, it acts like it's got an intermittent short. It seems to be the front truck that's causing it, because if I disconnect the universal from the front truck, everything runs fine (on the track and off). As soon as the front universal's connected - BZORT! it starts shorting when it's on the track.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Posted - 12/06/2017 :  10:32:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So I got in touch with the Shay Fixer. Phil was incredibly generous with his time in helping me trouble-shoot my problem (used magnet wire for LEDs and speakers, likely shorting against the chassis). He has an encyclopedic knowledge of brass geared locomotives, (and a shop full of parts to boot). He went step-by-step through several checks on what I had done, and where the problems might lie, and made several very good suggestions of how to improve DCC installations in brass locos based on his many years of experience. At the end of it all, he was happy to have helped, and didn't want to accept payment. I insisted I'd eaten an hour of his time and benefited greatly from it, and had no reservations paying him for it.
If you have a brass geared loco that is misbehaving, or just needs repair, I'd highly recommend contacting him.

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