RRHX - Michigan Railroad History
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Re: Where the heck?
Kansas City Southern owned a pair of three truck Shays used to switch an industrial warehouse district in Kansas City, MO. Due to intermittent flooding of the Missouri River flood plain, warehouses were built on the slopes east of the river. Steep grades and tight curves were necessary to reach the customers. KCS 900, weighing 286,700# mty, with 48" drivers and 3-18" x 20" cylinders is generally considered to be the largest Shay ever built. By comparison, the last Shay built in 1945, WM #6, weighs 269,960# empty, has 48" drivers and "only" 3-17" x 18" cylinders.