LIMA STONE CO.

SHAY NUMBER 10

December 14, 2009

Lima Stone Company Shay Number 10, a narrow gauge 24 Ton three-cylinder Shay c/n 3288, was delivered by Lima Locomotive Works in August 1925, to cross-town Lima Stone Co. at Lima, Ohio for use in moving stone from the quarry face to the crusher.

DELIVERING LIMA STONE SHAY #10 AUGUST 1925

Lima Stone Shay #10 sits on the rim of the quarry in August 1925 as it is prepared to be winched down into the hole over a

temporary track.  Note the drive shafts have been removed -- Courtesy of the family of Julius Wise

Lima Stone Shay #10 starts down the steep incline from the rim of the quarry in August 1925. It was winched down into the hole over a

temporary track.  -- Courtesy of the family of Julius Wise

 

Lima Stone Shay #10 sits at the bottom of the quarry in August 1925. It was eased down over the incline track.  The winch cable is

still visible on the left.  It labored here for about 24 years until abandoned. -- Courtesy of the family of Julius Wise

 

SAVING LIMA STONE SHAY #10

Shay #10 served in that capacity of a stone hauler until the late 1940s, when it was retired.  Nationally noted railroad historian and preservationist, John H. Keller Sr. of Lima heard the engine might be available.  In 1953 he went to the quarry to find, to his horror, scrapping had begun. 

TOP PHOTO: Author's collection BOTTOM PHOTO: Courtesy of George Kadelak

 The National Lime & Stone Company, a successor to Lima Stone was willing to donate it.  Lima Locomotive Works sent for it with a truck, hauling it out to the plant of its birth in the summer of 1953. A full restoration was donated by Lima Locomotive. This was the last steam locomotive to undo an in-plant restoration by the facility of Lima Locomotive Works, then  known as Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton.  After three years in the shop it was taken to the new Allen County Historical Society Museum for display in 1956.  A display building was built around it and so it sat at Metcalf Street until 2007, when a museum addition needed the space the Shay sat on.  It was moved into a temporary display building at the corner of W. Market and Metcalf Streets until December 14, 2009, when it was moved one last time into the new display hall then under construction at the museum. 

 

Sitting on truck after restoration at Lima Locomotive Works circa 1956.

1956 move to the museum

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Original Shay builders plate on smoke box.

CAB INTERIOR

On the left is the original builder's photo of the cab taken in August 1925. 

On the right is the cab interior as it was restored in 1956 and presently exists.

 

THE FINAL MOVE

Below you will find photos of the December 14, 2009 lift and move into the new building starting with lifting the roof off of the temporary display building.

It took quite a fleet of semi-tractors and trailers with equipment to effect the lift.  They carried things like outriggers, counter-weights,

leveling pads, spreader bars, cables and so on.  Here they are along Metcalf Street. -- Scott Trostel photo

The roof of the temporary roof is lifted to reveal a vintage Shay.  -- Scott Trostel Photo

The roof of the temporary roof is off and lowered onto steel as plans go forth to lift Lima Stone Shay.  -- Scott Trostel Photo

The spreader bar with lifting cables is lowered into the building to begin the lift of Lima Stone Shay.  -- Scott Trostel Photo

The shielded lifting cables are fastened around the trucks as the lift is made ready.  The track was also chained to the Shay and it all

came up at one time.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

Up she comes.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

Free from her temporary shelter is Lima Stone Co. Shay Number 10.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

Lima Stone Co. Shay Number 10 in mid-flight.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

 

Lima Stone Co. Shay Number 10 nearing its new indoor display platform.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

Lima Stone Co. Shay Number 10 suspended just above its new indoor display platform.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

Lima Stone Co. Shay Number 10 resting on its new indoor display platform.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

Lima Stone Co. Shay Number 10 resting on its new indoor display platform.   -- Scott Trostel Photo

 

 

THREE VIEWS INSIDE THE NEW ALLEN COUNTY MUSEUM WING

DURING CONSTRUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

Lima Stone Shay #10 resting in the main hall window of the museum wing.  The locomotive

has been nicknamed "Annie" by the museum staff.

 

TO VIEW ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF LIMA STONE SHAY #10 DURING ITS REBUILDING AT LIMA LOCOMOTIVE WORKS AND ITS MOVES TO AND AT THE ALLEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY CLICK HERE.

 

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