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THE SHAY NO. 5

The Oldest Operating Shay

Delivered in November 1905 for the original Cass-based railroad, West Virginia Spruce Lumber Co.’s Greenbrier & Elk River R.R. Shay 5 is the oldest and longest-operating Shay at Cass and has never operated off of home rails.

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it
a train on a track with smoke coming out of it

Builders Information

 Built: 11-11-1905  Class: C 80-3  Trucks: 3
 Tractive Effort: 35,026 lbs  Maximum Speed:  20.9  Wheel Diameter:  36″
 Boiler Pressure: 200 lbs.  Empty Weight:  141,300  Gauge: Standard
 Fuel: Coal  Fuel Capacity: 5 tons  Water Capacity:  3,500 gal.