The Shay Locomotive: An Illustrated History

This product is currently sold out.

27th October - the entire print run of this book has sold-out both in the USA and our consignment here, in less than a month. Given that our consignment was the biggest for a single book we have ever imported, we are not surprised.

A SECOND PRINTING is in course of production and we anticipate having further supplies late January/early February 2022, so whilst this will misss Christmas, the wait shouldn't be too long.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE A COPY OF THIS SECOND PRINTING, PLEASE drop us a note to that effect HERE, and we will advise you when the book is on its way.

This is “the most complete, thorough, and accurate book ever produced on this unique and storied locomotive. The authors have spent decades researching, collecting photos and organizing the information in this all-new volume.” Over 600 pages, more than 1000 photos, illustrations and drawings, a complete listing of every Shay built by works number, owner/operator and location, photographs of every surviving Shay, not forgetting the story of Lima’s involvement with Ephraim Shay from 1881 until the last Shay was built in 1945."

PLUS a great deal more - get the idea? A doorstop of sheer delight! This isn't the most expensive book we have ever sold, but I am pretty sure it is the heaviest, which impacts on delivery costs.

The above is largely what the publishers say. Having now seen the actual book, what do we say? Well - this is a supebly produced book and has been in preparation and writing for over twenty years. Whilst it has short chapters on Shay himself, and the Lima Locomotive Works, the focus is almost totally on the Shay locomotive itself and the technicalities of the successive designs and models.

It is a highly specialised subject, and I would never suggest that you bought I copy if you are only modestly interested in the subject, but if you are then you should have a copy of this book. It really is exceptional, and I imagine will appreciate in value over the years to come!

IN THE UK (apart from the Highlands and Islands) we will deliver by courier rather than Royal Mail - please give a delivery address where someone is normally available to receive the parcel.