Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION
Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION
Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION
Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION
Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION

Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION

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Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki w/ Dust Jacket SECOND EDITION
 
Lima the History by Eric Hirsimaki with Dust Jacket Copyright 1986, SECOND EDITION 2004.   351 pages  
This is the story of a locomotive builder and its relationship with many through its various products. To the railroader, Lima was the "Super Power steam locomotive. To the industrial locomotive user, Lima was the Shay. To the contractor, Lima meant shovels and cranes. There was one common link, however, and that was the quality of the products manufactured in this rural northwestern Ohio town.
The story began when a small machine shop was opened in 1869. Because of its attention to producing only the best, it was a success from the start. This also meant Lima was well qualified when a lumberman named Ephraim Shay came to town with an idea for a geared locomotive. Thus, the birth of the Shay era and what was ultimately to be one of the greatest locomotive builders in the world.
The decades to follow were ones of prosperity, expansion, and yet at times stagnation. Major economic upheavals were overcome, new owners and plants appeared and then vanished, and multitudes of locomotive designs were built.
The most profound of all locomotive designs, however, was the A-1. Its performance was proof of the brilliance behind this program. It literally changed the focus of steam locomotive design and was the difference between Lima being just a manufacturer and a great locomotive builder.
The end of World War II, however, brought with it the end of the steam era. Unfortunately, by the time the firm became dedicated to the diesel - it was too late. By 1951 locomotive production had ceased, and the plant was merged with the "once almighty" Baldwin. The construction equipment market did provide some salvation, but eventually, the plant was closed. An era had ended, but Lima's legacy is one both fondly remembered and one to be proud of. The story, in its entirety, is captured here.

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