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Old 1st September 2006, 11:46   #1
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Default The ON30 Shay that went to Europe. :o

I am posting this because it may inspire some European ON30 forestry railway modellers to include a shay!

The following is a letter in the Railway Magazine October 2005, from Jim Ballantyne of England. It followed on from an article in the Railway Magazine September 2005 about a standard gauge shay that worked in an English steel works.

Lima 2504 was sent to the Krauss loco building company of Linz, Austria, for demonstration purposes circa 1912. It was a 760mm gauge, 50 horsepower, two truck two cylinder loco, and was almost certainly intended for use on one of the many forestry railways that then existed in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

It was tried out initially on the Salzkammergut Lokalbahn but did not meet with approval. Subsequently it was offered to the Cisna-Kalnica railway (now in Poland) and also the Steyrtalbahn without success.

It remained on the hands of Krauss until 1917 when it was sent to a quarrying company in Torda (nowadays Turda), in Romania, thereafter nothing is known of its ultimate fate. “Maybe it is still in existence in a remote shed in some Transylvanian fastness?” This information is taken from Tren magazine, a Romanian language journal now sadly defunct.

ShayLocomotives.com web site has this information: Locomotive Works Photo Credit: No Photo At This Time Shop Number 2504 - Built for: Karl Petrachek Built: 03-20-1912 Class: A 18-2 Trucks: 2 Cylinders: [# Diam x Stroke] 2 - 7 x 12. The 2504 at 18 US tons (36000 pounds, 16 tonnes) may be a larger model than the Bachmann shay, but that’s not so vital.

ShayLocomotives.com web site also shows a photo link for 2504 but this is an inputting error and the link is to 2505

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Old 14th September 2006, 13:56   #2
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Default Re: The ON30 Shay that went to Europe. :o

Hi

I have somewhere all the drawings about this machine. Unfortunately it was never seen since 1917 and the dramatic changes in that part of Europe and the two wars give us almost no chance to find any rest of that locomotive
In the 50-ies the people in Romania, Poland and also in UdSSR had to put into operation any equipment with wheels so I cannot imagine (and many of my friends were searching the area can confirm it) that there is anything left from the Shay. We even think that the information from press (Austrian and later also some others) is incorrect in this case.
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Old 29th September 2006, 21:49   #3
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Here is the drawing
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Old 29th September 2006, 23:18   #4
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Thanks for sharing that Krok.
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Old 30th September 2006, 14:04   #5
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Default Re: The ON30 Shay that went to Europe. :o

Nice little class A, that. Thanks for the info guys
It's be interesting to find it's fate some day..
From the shay locomotive website
http://www.shaylocomotives.com/data/...54/sn-2504.htm
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