Brian LaKemper sent us these photos of recent work on the Shay. A lot has been done to get it ready, and we're hoping to see it running again before the end of the season. Anyway, thanks for these pictures, many of them are quite artistic. We should do B&W more often.
Here's a link to a video of the Shay moving under its own power on compressed air.
Brian Davies gets ready to peen leaky staybolts in the firebox.
Brian peening over one of the staybolts
More staybolt work.
Polishing the ball joints in the superheater header
The first superheater goes back in, nearly 17 years after they were removed.
The first row of superheaters back in, taken at 2:45am.
At this point the two Brians called it quits for the night.
The next day, superheater #6 is ready to slide home.
Superheater #8 is ready to go in, note the tools stuck in the flues for quick access.
Brian Davies tightens the last superheater into the header, nearly 17 years after he helped the crew remove them in the fall of 1999.
The ten installed superheaters.
A closeup of the superheaters going into the flues.
The fully completed smokebox end of the boiler.
Now to work on putting the smokebox back together.
After these photos were taken, Brian LaKemper left, however work continued and in the early morning hours of June 15th, 2016; Klickitat Logging and Lumber/J. Neils Shay #5 moved under her own power, on air, for the first time since the fall of 1999. The end is near on the long road of restoration for the Shay.