“The Shay” is one of the very few American locomotives I like. A while ago I learned that two of these delightful machines designed by Ephraim Shay (17 July 1839 – 19 April 1916) were shipped to Europe. What surprised me was that one of them ended up in Romania.

The Shop Number 2504 was built in 20 March 1912. According to the Lima class listings in 1911, this engine was a Class A (Able), 18 ton, two trucks, and two cylinders. More technical details can be found on the excellent web site ShayLocomotives.com.

Owners: Commissioned to ship the locomotive to Europe: The Cunard S. S. Co., New York City, NY Karl Petrachek, Vienna, Austria; For:

  • 1912: Lokomotivfabrik Krauss & Co. (D), Linz, Austria, sent for demonstration purposes
  • November 1912: Put in storage, unsold, Linz, Austria
  • August 1917: Torda Cement, Torda, Transylvania, Hungary (Austro-Hungarian Empire)
  • October 1917: Stored unused
  • 1 December 1918: Turda Cement, Turda, Transylvania, Romania company, town and country name chan...; still stored unused
  • Bosna Forestry RY, Begov Han, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Yugoslavia

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 (source).

Unfortunately no other information is known about this locomotive. It was scrapped before 1940.