Thursday, April 26, 2007

Shay locomotive # 5 pulling a caboose train. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois USA. July 1996.

I took this photo at the museum in July of 1996. Seen here heading eastbound, is J. Neils Lumber Company locomotive # 5. This locomotive, with its verticle side mounted marine style cylinders and driveshafts going to the locomotives trucks, is what is known as a "Shay" locomotive. Shays were a slow moving, but powerful and agile industrial locomotive used in logging and mining operations mainly. Those three short stroke cylinders make the locomotive sound like it's moving faster than it actually is. This particulair locomotive hauled log trains in Washington state.

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