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A Shay For Southpaws - They Really DID EXIST !
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 Posted: Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 05:40 pm
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I came across this photo in a Timber Times magazine.

I have seen the photo before.

But I have also had "discussions" with other Shay lovers about whether this was an "urban legend" or just some more BS.





Built by Lima in 1903, the little Pozos went to San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

From what I read long ago, 4 of these were built (the only ones) for this mining railroad which was owned by some Brits.

Yes, they really DID EXIST!

Woodie




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 Posted: Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 06:29 pm
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If you go to

http://shaylocomotives.com/

and select 'Full Database' from the left side, you will find them.


Lima Shop Numbers 757, 758, 826 and 827.

They show pictures of 758 and 826.


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Is that a single cylinder Shay?






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Nope- it apparently has a "common" valve cover on both cylinders...

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Makes you wonder why a line would specify a left-hander?






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Duane-all I can imagine is that since Brits drive on the "other side".
Maybe the owners of the railroad wanted a loco with everything backwards!
Please don't shoot at me, I just report what I have heard.

That is all...
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Yes, it is a two cylinder--
you can see that the crankshaft has two "throws" at 90* to each other--
but I too, have to wonder why.

First thing that I looked at was the lettering, to see if someone flipped the negative.

Mike-

The only way a single cylinder Shay could work would be if there was a way to uncouple the crankshaft from the trucks-
so that it the locomotive happened to stop with the engine on top or bottom center, it could be de-clutched-
and the engine could be barred over to a position where the connecting rod was at an advantageous position for starting-
then reconnected to the trucks-
either that or push the whole dang loco enough to get the engine in this position.

Some time I will relate to you kids the story about the British loco designer who came up with a compound locomotive that-
under certain conditions would try to start both ways at once.

But only if you behave.


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He's a smart cookie...That Herb.
Me too...looked for a neg-flip.
( done it myself in the darkroom )

Love it, never would have thought.

Si.

BTW
Woodie & Herb...
...say what you will about the 'nutty Brits'...
...won't be offended...I'm English.
( with a French name )



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How about a cab-detail shot ?

So we can see the steering wheel.

Si.



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Naive question:

What is left-handed about these locos?

Tom

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