The Shay

From 1995 to 2013, the Shay locomotive thrilled more than 4 000 visitors annually with trips down the ¼ mile track at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It was a trip back in time that connected riders young and old with the powerful legacy of locomotive technology in Canada.

We would like to thank our tireless group of dedicated volunteers – including the Bytown Railway Society – who made it possible for visitors to enjoy the Shay. Each year, they worked with the Conservation team at the Museum to operate the locomotive and conduct the rigorous annual winter maintenance needed to prepare the engine for the summer season.

The Shay has not been able to welcome visitors since 2013 because it requires a boiler re-certification. This comprehensive physical and non-destructive testing (NDT) of the boiler must be completed every 10 years to meet provincial regulations. This process requires a significant investment of time and resources.

Your donation to the Shay Locomotive Fund will help make the Shay operational once again for visitors of all ages. You can help ensure that this vital, interactive piece of Canadian heritage and culture is shared with future generations.