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Re: Shay question for DaveO
Better late than never - I began looking in my files for a shay operating in the Wolverine area. The Boyne City & Southeastern RR ran from Boyne Falls in Charlevoix County into southern Emmet County and western Cheboygan County near Wolverine". Owned by the Cobbs & Mitchell lumber company, it operated from 1899 until at least the mid-1920's and was officially dissolved in 1937. In 1904 they bought shays 889 and 890 from Lima. numbering them BF&NE 6 and 7. While I have never seen a picture of one of them from the left side, they beat an uncanny resemblance to this photo. Such differences as the pilot, etc can be explained by 20 years of maintenance, but the basic structure is the same. One thing about shays, unless the same owner ordered a duplicate of one already made, every order seems to be custom-designed, which is odd seeing as most owners only had one or two of them and had no need to order specific modifications, all they wanted was a locomotive of such-and-such gauge and weight to fit their rails. But it makes their study all the more interesting.