Triple Shay ” Sidewinders”
These Classic Shay locomotives are sometimes called the “Sidewinders”.
Classic Shay locomotives do not have 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.
The Cass Scenic Railroad was founded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company and hauled lumber. It carried spruce and hemlock trees from the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company to the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company.
There were 2,770 Shays built by Lima Machine Works between 1800 – 1944. The Climax Manufacturing Company built over 1,100 Climax locomotives between 1888 and 1928. Finally, Heisler Locomotive Works built more than 600 geared locomotives between 1891 – 1929.
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