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No. 9 (Lima)
After 8 years of service at the Georgetown Loop Railroad in Colorado, No. 9 has returned home.

No. 9 in Mt. Pleasant, 2019

The volunteers were able to reintroduce No. 9 at the 2019 Old Threshers Reunion. There remains a number of  things to do on its return-to-service list.

In 2008, No. 9's original number plate found its way to the Midwest Central Railroad.

With some "interesting" sleuthing, MCRR Volunteers located and horse (well, number plate) traded some air brake equipment for the original number plate of No. 9.

The pictures, below -- each with a link to a larger version -- show the plate in various positions around the locomotive and then after a brief interlude in the shop, volunteers Jesse, Griffin, Dustin, and Matt (not shown; he's using the camera!) mounting the original plate to the smoke box door.
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No. 9 is a three truck Class "C" Shay type locomotive built by Lima Locomotive Works, Lima Ohio, in 1923. 

All wheels are driven on this logging locomotive by three 12"x15" vertical engines through a flexible drive line and gear reduction, the right hand (engineer's) side. To compensate for the weight of the engines the boiler sits off center to the left. This 80-ton locomotive is one of the three largest narrow gauge Shays ever built, producing 36,150-lbs. tractive effort. It carries 200-psi boiler pressure and is superheated. 

No. 9 operated on the West Side Lumber Co. out of Toulumne, California. The WSL Co. ran a maximum 72-mile main line and had many more miles of spurs in Toulumne County. No. 9 worked with half a dozen other Shays on the line entering into the woods making one trip a day hauling the giant logs down to the mill. The West Side lasted until the early 1960's, and was the last steam powered narrow gauge logging railroad in the United States. 

No. 9 was shipped to Iowa operational by flat car in 1966. It has operated here since then.  In 1998, some extensive work took place on No. 9. A few pictures are here.

The MCRR staff was digging through the archives and located these pictures of No. 9 when it arrived in Mt. Pleasant in 1966. Each picture links to a larger version. 

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Below is the restored Shay operating at Midwest Central Railroad in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
No. 9 looks nearly identical to how it did in the last part of her logging career.

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Shay No. 9 working at West Side Lumber, below.

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No. 9 spent eight years in Colorado at the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The following paragraphs and links describe its time at the GLRR.
No. 9 pulling trains at the GLRR

Above video courtesy "Gothpapa" from the NG Discussion Forums

 No. 9 on its way to the GLRR

No. 9's tender being removed from the Anderson Tooling trailer

No. 9 being unloaded from its trailer

Above videos courtesy  R o g e r H o g a n

July, 2012: No. 9 entered passenger service at the loop. See Gothpapa's video or the No. 9 pulls its first revenue load at the GLRR! posting at the shop blog.

February, 2011: No. 9 arrived in Silver Plume, CO, at the Georgetown Loop RR as part of a 7 to 10 year lease agreement. It was brought to FRA "Form-4 requirements" for use on their railroad. After No. 9 proved itself in service early summer 2012, clearing GLRR's FRA Form-4 Baldwin No. 12, a 2-6-2, to come to the MCRR.

The shop blog has several entries dedicated to No. 9's relocation and refurbishment at the GLRR.

"Yes, the 'cat' is out of the bag and the ex-WSL No. 9 will be 'vacationing' in Colorado for the next seven to ten years. No. 9 will not be calling Colorado 'home,' as she will be returning to Iowa.

"It is a new and exciting chapter to be written in the history books for this great locomotive as well as a new and exciting chapter for the Midwest Central Railroad and the Georgetown Loop.

"It has taken a lot of work on behalf of the Midwest Central, Historic Rail Adventures, and History Colorado to put this plan together, and I personally can't wait to see No. 9 perform as she was designed by pulling the grade."

Matt Crull President,
Midwest Central Railroad


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