Ephraim Shay Patented Steam Locomotive . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... The Hesston Steam Museum in La Porte, Indiana, operates this Class C Shay Locomotive, engine #7. Shay's were built by the Lima Locomotive
Works of Lima, Ohio. This one was built for the New Mexico Lumber Company, in 1929 and later sold to the Oregon Lumber Company. It is a 12
wheel, gear driven, 36" narrow guage locomotive of asymmetrical design. The boiler sits to the left of the centerline and the pistons, gears, crank and
drive shafts are all located on the right side. The Shay is particularly suited to the low speed, high traction requirements of mountainous, logging
operations and the wide, bell shaped stack cap is an ember trap... a neccessity in a saw dust rich environment. The Hesston Museum also operates
a 24" narrow guage Sandley 2-4-2 and several 1/4 scale and 1/8 scale, minature steam engines.
This watercolor was painted for a Bella Terra Maps publication.