The Shay Locomotive was a geared steam locomotive that was invented by Ephraim Shay. He wanted an easier way to move logs to the mill. He would be able to log year round. The track would be laid 2 feet and 2 inches apart on wooden ties.
I am not sure who donated this photograph, last year a copy was requested by a gentleman who was writing a book about early locomotives.
If anyone has more information to share about the Shay Locomotive in Hubbard County please leave a comment.
Info from Gene:
That particular engine (#637) was built in 1901 for the Nebagamon Lumber co and used by by the Red River Lumber Co. #4 in Akeley, MN.
Info from Brian:
The Shay was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Oh. I’ve included the link to the Allen County Museum. They have a restored Shay on display there.