Posts Tagged ‘Shay class locomotives’

Shay Locomotive Moving to Michigan

September 22, 2021

A Shay steam locomotive will be moved to Harbor Springs, Michigan, where it will be displayed in the hometown of inventor Ephiram Shay.

The locomotive is W.T. Carter & Brother Lumber 2-truck Shay No. 2. It has been on display for more than 50 years at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Moving the 36-ton locomotive is expected to get underway on Oct. 6.

Shay was living in Harbor Springs in the 1870s when he created design for the Shay locomotive. Lima Locomotive Works sold more than 2,700 Shay-type locomotives.

No. 2 was built in 1907 and spent its service life in East Texas. It was donated to SFAU in 1970.

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society plans to restore No. 2 and place it in a display building.

Cass No. 11 to Return to Service

July 13, 2017

This weekend will see Cass Scenic Railroad Shay No. 11 return to service after nearly a three-year absence.

No. 11 will participate in the Great Train Race celebration in Spruce, West Virginia, running alongside Western Maryland EMD BL2 No. 82, which has been repainted into the WM fireball paint scheme.

The Shay will also join Shays Nos. 2, 4, and 5 in operation at Cass this season, along with Cass Scenic Railroad Heisler No. 6 in Durbin, West Virginia.

Built in 1923 for the Hutchinson Lumber Company of Feather Falls, California, No. 11 spent much of the mid-20th century at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in San Diego before going to Cass in 1997.

During its downtime, No. 11 underwent a Federal Railroad Administration required Form IV overhaul and the replacement of the locomotive’s left and rear firebox sheets.

Workers installed several hundred new rivets and staybolts and renewed several dozen flexible staybolts.

The locomotive also received a new stack and renewed bearings on the line shaft.

Cass Steam Double-Header This Weekend

June 24, 2016

The first steam double-header of the year will operate this weekend on the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia.

Cass ScenicExpected to be the motive power are Shay Nos. 2 and 4 on a seven-car train that will run from Cass to the Bald Knob overlook on Saturday. No. 2 is newly rebuilt.

Cass Season to Begin 3 Weeks Early

May 6, 2016

Cass Scenic Railroad trains to Whittaker and Bald Knob featuring Shay steam locomotives will begin this weekend.

The schedule will offer two trips to Whittaker and one to Bald Knob on each Saturday and Sunday in May along with Monday trips during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Cass ScenicThe first fire in the firebox of the season was lighted on April 19 in Shay No. 5, which will join running mates Nos. 2, 4 and 6 in pulling trains this year.

Nos. 6 over the winter underwent a 1,472-day overhaul and was recently taken to Durbin, West Virginia, where it will pull the Durbin Rocket of the Durbin & Greenbrier during the 2016 season.

Moore & Keppel Climax No. 3, which had been the motive power for the Durbin Rocket is now at Cass being rebuilt. It is expected to return to service by late this year.

Cass Shay No. 2 is expected to return to service this spring after having been out of service for several years.

The opening of the Cass excursion season is three weeks ahead of what it has been in previous years.