~ Latest Update: Friday, December 18, 2020 ~
These models are an example of the beautiful Factory Paint
and Lettering that
and his crew applied... The real production
models didn't disappoint..
As noted in the story about the Cherry Valley, we spent close to a YEAR working up a true, prototypical operating scenario using our recordings of ACTUAL DIXIANA SOUNDS to use in these models... (Scroll up and click on the Cherry Valley Shay if you haven't yet read the description...)
Also worthy of note here is the shays with air pump exhausts routed into their smoke boxes have the proper muffled sound one associates with this type of arrangement...
REAL SCALE SOUNDS:
But on the other hand, if you've ever stood a hundred feet or more away from a passing steam locomotive, say at a grade crossing, you will likely remember how other mechanical sounds are mixed in with the whistle, and how, at least in the mountains of Northern New Mexico when we came from, there would be at least SOME echo afterwards... 'Same holds true in Felton where we recorded the Dixiana and ex-West Side #7... Beautiful!
If you think about it, these models are scaled down from the real thing 64 times... That means that for every 12 inches that you move away from the model, you've moved a scale 64 FEET! Stand a comfortable 24 inches from the model and you have distanced yourself 128 SCALE FEET from it!
We have even included an actual "canned" Grade Crossing Sequence for those times when you're too busy at the throttle to remember to blow a proper grade crossing! A massive undertaking considering that each of the EIGHT DIFFERENT VERSIONS of these Shays came equipped with a Unique set of Whistles, and Airpump, plus an auto-Start / Stop sequence utilizing Real Shay Sounds!
In the process we developed a series of Custom Sounds suitable for our Three Truck Shays from the past, which include the correct sounding Cross Compound Air Pump, which we can program the Lok Sound decoders with, and four whistles to choose from in case you're a guy with more than one Shay, so your models don't all sound the same...
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