Shay Locomotives,
The Illustrated History

Expected for release in mid-to-late 2020

A new large hardback book compiled by the staff of ShayLocomotives.com

Shay Book update, September 3, 2020
From the publisher: "The finish line on this long-anticipated project is in sight. We recently received a brand new cover painting that we commissioned specifically for the book and the insides are generally well along. Barring Covid, asteroid, hurricane, plagues, space invasions or any other unforeseen 2020 disasters, we anticipate having the book ready for the printer at the end of the year. Watch for updates here, in the pages of your favorite magazines, and on social media."

Shay Book update, February 5, 2020
The book contract is signed, and the book is with the publisher as of May 2018.
They will add some material and get into their printing schedule. The publishing process takes two or more years to get into print.

We will announce the expected release date and final sale price when known.

Shay Book update, June 5, 2019
We selected a publisher who is well known for high quality books, which takes considerable time with larger books; the Shay book is larger than normal.
It will be at least 2020 before it is printed. After 20 years of research and 13-years creating the manuscript, we are all anxious to get the book in hand.

Note: After submission to publisher, new data has been uncovered and is shown in blue on site data sheets


We are not sure how many of you have published a 640 page history book with over 950 images; those that have, do have a better understanding about the required research.
It is not about one company in one location, it is about the history of all Shays used worldwide; 2767 Shays with over 4800 owners in over 2800 separate locations, all of which has taken time to verify and update.

The 488 page, 1971 Shay book had 1200 to 1400 errors, which we have been working on constantly to correct for over 20 years now.

Having previewed the final layout of new book, I can assure you that no one should be disappointed with the work.