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Graham County Railroad Company 1925 Shay Steam Locomotive

US / North Carolina
Listed By: North Carolina Film Office
Location ID: #004-10000568
The locomotive was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in February 1925. This Shay type of locomotive, named after the inventor, was designed for the steep grades, sharp curves and bad track conditions found on logging railroads. The Shay locomotives were different in that pistons were vertically mounted on the engineer’s side of the boiler, using connecting shafts and gears to turn the wheels. The 1925 was used by the Graham County RR to haul logs out of the Snowbird Mountains to the Bemis Lumber Company mill in Robbinsville, NC. The logging portion closed in 1948, but the railroad continued to carry general freight between Robbinsville and Topton, NC, where an interchange was made with the Southern Railway. Due to dropping freight levels and track conditions, the Graham County ceased operations in 1970. In 1974, a tourist operation, the Bear Creek Scenic Railroad, tried to re-open the line to Robbinsville, but also ceased operation within a few years. The 1925 was donated to the NCTHC in 1988, and restored to operation in 1998 to pull the on-site train ride. . Click here for additional info.

Location Category:

  • TRAINS / RAILROADS - [general]
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  • TRAINS / RAILROADS - Trains

Architecture Style:

  • 1920s - 1930s

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Spencer, NC 28159
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North Carolina Film Office
Cary, NC
Phone: 919.447.7800
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