Your On-Line Reference and Research Site for Shay Locomotives

Please note: We cannot provide larger copies of the sample photos on the data sheets.

We are sad to announce that Rick Henderson,
Shay Historian, Researcher and Senior Editor,
passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Preparations continue for publishing the illiustrated history of Shay locomotives, a project to which Rick was tirelessly dedicated.

John Benson, Shay Historian, Research, Editor, Data Processing

George R. Kadelak, Shay & Lima Historian, Research and Data Archives

Russ Bonny, Webmaster, Website Publisher, Shay Data Archives & Research

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Quick Shay Facts
2,767 Shays were built over 67 years under four company names. (116 survive) (2)
350 as Lima Machine Works 1878 - April 12, 1892
1557 as Lima Locomotive & Machine Co. April 12, 1892 - 1912
362 as Lima Locomotive Corporation 1912 - March 1916
498 as Lima Locomotive Works, Inc. March 1916 - 1945
By Class MPH Speed Range
685 2-cylinders/2-trucks Class A 7.7 - 17.5
2 2-cylinders/3-trucks Special (1) 14.0 - 16.2
1,481 3-cylinders/2-trucks Class B 10.1 - 21.0
580 3-cylinders/3-trucks Class C 10.1 - 27.9
20 3-cylinders/4-trucks Class D 18.8 - 26.7
(1) sn-117 & 119
(2) one Shay had two sn# assigned (1500 & 1755)
(3) Lima sn-1 was not a Shay

About This Online Book

Major Contributors of Shay Information
(in alphabetical order)

S. David Carriker
W. George Cook
Rod Crossley
Doug Cummings
George A. Fizer
Martin E. Hansen
Steve Hauff
David Higley
Tony Howe
  Chih-wen Jason Hung
Thomas Lawson Jr.
William P. McNeel
David Price
Marc Reusser
Max Robin
Tim Sasse
Don Strack
John Taubeneck