Saturday, January 14, 2017
Steam Train Trivia
On most steam locomotives the pistons moved back and forth horizontally and directly drove the wheels. On a Shay locomotive the pistons moved vertically and drove a drive shaft that drove the wheels through gears. The horizontal design was capable of much greater speeds, in excess of 100 miles per hour, had fewer moving parts and was easier to build and maintain. The Shay design was capable of carrying heavier loads up steeper grades. In fact most Shay locomotives were used in industrial applications like logging and steel mills.
The Cass Valley Scenic Railway in West Virginia, is an old logging line. Cass runs sightseeing trains using steam powered Shay locomotives. It is a wonderful ride in the woods up the side of a mountain.
Have you ever seen a Shay locomotive in operation?
Have you ever ridden a steam train?