The Shay locomotive was unique to the American west. It was designed to haul heavy loads up very steep inclines and to negotiate much sharper curves than standard locomotives.  It was used primarily in logging and mining areas where terrain was difficult and normal railroad construction virtually impossible. There are few working Shay's remaining, but the Roaring Camp Railroad in the California Santa Cruz mountains has 3 of them. At first page Next page


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