Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway
Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway
Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway
Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway

Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway

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Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway
 
Shays on the Switchbacks A History of the Narrow Gauge Lenora, Mt Sicker Railway by Elwood White & David Wilkie
Soft Cover
49 pages
Copyright 1973
CONTENTS
Staking the Lenora claim5
Development of the Lenora Mine6
The Lenora Tram6
The Mt. Sicker Railway9
The First Shay9
A Trip to the Mine10
The Tyee Mine13
The Townsites Expand14
A Second Shay17
The Osborn Bay Smelter17
The Switchbacks18
Completion of the Railway21
The Third Shay21
The Forney Locomotive21
The Tyee Tramway and Smelter   22
The Shooting of Joe Bibeau26
Lenora in Receivership26
Wreck of the Three Spot29
The Lenora Re-activated30
End of the Bonanza30
Disposing of the Locomotives33
Dismantling the railway33
Roster of Locomotives36
Bibliography  39
Acknowledgments 40
SHAYS ON THE SWITCHBACKS
Of the myriad mining railroads built around the turn of the century, few could match the Lenora, Mt. Sicker in either the gleaming beauty of its diminutive narrow-gauge Shay locomotives or its harrowing use of thirteen percent grades, seventy-five degree curves and triple switchbacks.
To trace the story of this bonanza railway one must travel back to the year 1895, when, in the fall, three prospectors, F. L. Sullins, T. McKay and Henry Buzzard located and staked the Alice, Leona, Belle and Golden Queen copper claims on Mt. Sicker, north of Duncan on Vancouver Island. They sank a shaft twenty-two feet deep at the Leona but as Christmas was fast approaching they left the mountain for their homes in Port Townsend, Washington. While at Port Townsend, McKay became ill and died in January, 1896. In the spring the two remaining partners were joined by Harry Smith and on April 1st the trio returned to Mt. Sicker to carry out further assessment of their claims. Mr. F. J. Smith, a relative of Harry Smith's, and a member of the firm of Smith and Watson in Glasgow, Scotland, came out to see the claims and put up $500 for a half-interest in the Leona, Belle and Little Nugget claims. When this money had been spent on development work with negative results he became discouraged and returned to his home in Scotland.

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