Classic Shay #5 Comin’ Round The Bend
The Cass Scenic Railroad is home to terrific scenery!
This is a Classic Shay locomotive, sometimes called the “Sidewinder”.
You do not see the stereotypical driving wheels of a normal locomotive, but rather some fascinating gears and crank shafts working in harmony that are receiving power from a gear box underneath the boiler.
There are no typical driving wheels you would expect to find on regular locomotives.
This engine was designed for lower speeds and high torque. She was used mainly in industrial settings including logging mills and the mining industries.
This type of geared locomotive was particularly well suited to traverse uneven and poorly laid track.
- Rail Line: Cass Scenic RailRoad, West Virginia
- Train Name: Shay geared locomotive
- Power type: Steam Locomotive FEF-3 class
- Builder: Lima Locomotives Works, Lima OH
- Train type: Excursion
- Location West Virginia
- Uniqueness: 3 Vertical pistons
Let us know if you have ever been to the Cass Scenice Railroad! We would love to hear about your experience!