The Erie 4-6-0s had the steam dome and sand box ahead of the cab on the boiler top. I have thought about getting a average MTH or Lionel engine and converting it into a “more“ Erie pattern....
I've definitely been thinking about doing something along those lines. It'd probably save a lot of headaches in the future.Jake, might pay to use a spot of medium strength loctite on those screws. Gotta love the shays!
Another good tip. I probably wouldn't have put two and two together to use a soldering iron as a heat source. We use torches at work all the time to heat things up when removing stuff that was assembled with blue or red Loctite, but obviously that'd be way overkill for a tiny screw on a model ...I use blue all the time on small screws. If there's any significant resistance to removing them, just set a soldering iron on the head for a few seconds and try again.