A & D Munro – Shay No.2

Under restoration to operation


My thanks to Jason Gundlach for this view of the repaired bogies & frame of Lima B/No. 2097 in January 2005.


Lima Locomotive Works,

Builder’s Number & Year

2097 of 1908

Wheel Arrangement

A-Type (2-truck, 2 cylinders)


A & D Munro built a private tramway to feed timber to their sawmill at Palmtree and to provide a connection with the Queensland Government Railways line at Hampton. Known as Munro's Hampton Tramway, this line was built to 2' 6" gauge and with very steep gradients of up to 1:9. The line followed Perseverance Creek for part of its length and is sometimes referred to as Munro's Hampton-Perseverance Tram. Shay locomotives were ideal for work on steep logging lines and accordingly A & D Munro ordered a small A-type Shay locomotive from the Lima Locomotive Works, Ohio. Lima builder's number 906 of 1904 became No.1 on Munro's Hampton Tramway and it was later joined by a virtually identical sister No.2, Lima builder's number 2097 of 1908. The two small Munro Shay locos had 2 bogies and two cylinders (7” diameter x 12” stroke) and were wood-fired.

Munro's Hampton Tramway closed in 1936 but the two Shay locomotives remained at the Palmtree sawmill site, slowly slipping into dereliction. At some stage they were scavenged for scrap metal, with damage to the boilers showing that explosives were used to remove the cylinder assemblies. Significant components of the two Shay locomotives survived at the Palmtree sawmill site and these remnants were donated to the Illawarra Light Railway Society in 1974.

The surviving Munro Hampton Shay components were delivered to the Illawarra Light Railway & Museum (ILR&M) at Albion Park in 1974, including the boiler of No.1 and the boiler, frame and bunker of No.2. These were reassembled to form a static display of locomotive No.2, which could be seen at the Albion Park museum in the 1978-79 period. No.2 was then dismantled as the first step of an intended restoration to operation; when restored it was planned to be known as No.1 (Lima 906) with some minor parts from No.2 (Lima 2097). New main beams were fitted to create a viable frame, and two spare 2' gauge Shay trucks from the Mapleton Tramway Shays were overhauled. I understand both of the original Shay boilers are beyond repair and accordingly it was intended to use a spare Davenport locomotive boiler.

In 2006, surplus parts from sister locomotive Munro No.1 (Lima B/No.906 of 1904) were sold by the ILR&M to Sketches Mountain Resort at Ravensbourne, Queensland, where it was intended to display a statically restored locomotive. This plan later faltered with the sale of the resort, but a new group subsequently formed, the Munro Tramway Historical Group Inc., and took over the Shay locomotive parts. I understand these parts were subsequently augmented by further spare Shay components ex-ILR&M and on 30 March 2019 the group completed their project with A & D Munro Shay No.1 displayed under a weather roof at Ravensbourne (Sports Grounds). I believe the ILR&M project will now be known as A&D Munro Shay No.2 (B/No. 2097 of 1908) but I understand the project is effectively on hold, pending the required significant funding for the many new and reconditioned parts that are needed to complete an operational locomotive.

The Illawarra Light Railway & Museum website includes a page for the A & D Munro Shay providing a brief history and additional photos of this interesting locomotive.

Fact sheets for the Munro Shays (Lima B/Nos. 906 & 2097) can be found at the excellent Shaylocomotives.com website.

For an indication of how Munro Shay No.2 would look if restoration is completed, refer to sister loco Munro Shay No.1.

The frame of Shay No.2 (Lima 2097) at the ILRMS workshop on 13 October 2002.

A Davenport locomotive boiler is trial fitted, together with an original Shay smokebox.

A restored 2' gauge Shay truck in the ILRMS loco shed at Albion Park. 13 October 2002.

Spotted during my visit to the Illawarra Light Railway & Museum on 3 May 2015 was this intriguing pallet-load of Shay parts.

Among the components is the main crank shaft, complete with eccentrics and part of the union joints.

My visit to the Illawarra Light Railway & Museum on 3 May 2015 also found one of the two Shay boilers placed on static display.

Damage to the outer firebox sheet is clearly visible where explosive was used by scrappers to blast off the cylinders.

An earlier view of the same boiler as seen above, as found in a storage area at Albion Park on 13 October 2002.



www.shaylocomotives.com website, viewed 13 April 2019.


K. McCarthy ‘Guide to the Main Exhibits - Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society’,

published 1992


Information provided via email by Chris Tait on 18 March 2019.

Page updated: 14 April 2019

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