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    Posted: Feb 10 2010 at 8:32pm
Well it is time for me to start employing my motto, "I can't afford it, so I have to build it". I will be starting with the cylinders, to buy the castings was over $650, so I bought some dura bar for $100 and started construction today.
 

 
Here is the Durabar chucked in the lathe so I can part it off into 4" sections. That bar weighs 67 pounds and is 5" round.
 

 
Here is the cylinder layed out for rough machining.
 

 
Starting to square up the edges an and rough machine the cylinder shape.
 

 
Here is where I finished for the day I am getting close to the rough shape of the cylinders. I am going to finish the bore on the lathe before I do the final machining so I can use it as a referance for the rest of the cylinder.


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 Hey Steve what is Durabar ?

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Durabar is continuous cast iron bar stock.
Check it out. It is neat stuff.
 
 
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Phil beat me to it. Nice thing is it is available in so many different shapes and sizes it can be used to eliminate the need for castings. Of course it takes alot longer to machine a part out of a solid compared to finishing a rough casting.
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what material are you going to use for liners and pistons
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Great work Steve. Glad to see your already working on it! Will be cool watching the valve gear and cylinders run on air! lots of moving parts on these locos but they arent realy as compex as they seeem. The guys at roaring camp always told me that getting to know what a shay looks like and how it runs is alot better than a rod engine as everything is hidden especialy with stevenson valve geer. this will be a great loco though and a good puller!

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I am new to the forum and saw your post on the shay that you are starting to build. I have just started a three truck shay using the castings and plans from Ken Schroeder. Are you familiar with him? I am also using the Nelson Riedel web site: http://www.nelsonslocomotive.com/Shay/shay.htm.

I am doing my work at El Camino College's machine shop on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I would love to connect and compare notes on the shay project. 
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I almost purchased the castings from Ken but, I wanted to build a little larger loco. I am using the prints from Rich Ulin as a guide and I will be using some of his castings along with producing some of my own. Have you ever visited SCLS or are you a member of any other clubs in the area? If you have never visited you should come down sometime.

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Nice thing is it is available in so many different shapes and sizes it can be used to eliminate the need for castings. Of course it takes alot longer to machine a part out of a solid compared to finishing a rough casting.
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Amazing really helpful
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