Here's "Bills #5", glidin' down the high iron. The West Side kept their Shays
lookin' pretty good. Aside from the fact that they'd spend 3-4 months out of
the year sidelined, (Because of WINTER in the Sierras. ), these
shays were "Oil Burners", which were a whole lot cleaner burning than coal
And too, "normal" road engines kicked up a lot of dust and grime due to their speed. Shays, on the other hand, with their leisurely 16-18 miles per hour top speeds, were less inclined to kick up dust.
A kinda "long way around" to explain why the #6 you see here isn't heavily weathered. But them's the facts. ( You'll see this story on the #6 Shay page too. Hey, this writer's only got so much "stuff", y'know. )
The Shay Web Site
Number 5 was scrapped in August of 1950, after spending some 48 years working
in the woods. 'Reason enough to immortalize her in model form, we thinks.
These models were available finished as our "conventional"
Production was limited to 35 pieces, each constructed in Lifetime, Investment Quality Brass. They are history now.