State Steam Locomotive

Photo ©  Walter Scriptunas II

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The Shay No. 5 Steam Locomotive at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park became West Virginia's official steam locomotive on March 11, 2004 after the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 34. The legendary Shay No. 5 was built for the Greenbrier and Elk River Railroad by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio. This turn-of-the-century class C-80 Shay has been toiling up Cheat Mountain for nearly 100 years, making it one of the oldest engines in continuous service on its original line, and the second oldest Shay in existence. Named as a tribute to the history of timbering in West Virginia, the Shay No. 5 is an important historical artifact and a wonderful preserved example of the technology of the early twentieth century.