Kelley Island Lime & Transport Company

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Formed in 1886 on the Lake Erie Island of Kelley's Island, Ohio, the Kelley Island Lime & Transport Company was also known by its initials, KIL&T. It was once the world's largest producer of limestone and lime. The firm began quarry operations on Kelley's Island in 1886 and was dissolved in the early 1960s.

Company operations were located in Ohio, New York, and West Virginia. Main sites were Kelley's Island (1886-1940) and nearby Marblehead, Ohio (1890s-1955). In 1922, KIL&T built the world's largest stone crushing plant at Marblehead. It also owned many lime kilns and produced lime products.

The company operated three-foot narrow-gauge Shay steam locomotives to move raw stone around its quarries until World War II. KIL&T purchased 65 new Shays from the Lima Locomotive Works (Lima, Ohio) over the years.

Shay Locomotives[edit]

Number Cylinders Wheels Built Works number Assignment Notes[1]
6"x10" 22" 23 May 1905 1537 Marion, Ohio built as Norris & Christian Stone & Lime Company #1; scrapped 1922
1 9"x8" 26" 10 April 1906 1662 Marblehead, Ohio
3 9"x8" 26" 27 March 1898 561 Kelley's Island, Ohio named Norman Kelley
3 11"x12" 32" 25 September 1920 3112 Martin, Ohio
4 9"x8" 26" 2o May 1898 562 Kelley's Island, Ohio
5 6"x10" 21.5" 13 March 1899 573 Kelley's Island, Ohio named W. M. Harsh
10 9"x8" 26" 5 May 1906 1663 Marblehead, Ohio
14 9"x8" 26" 21 April 1906 1664 Marblehead, Ohio
25 9"x8" 26.5" 6 April 1905 1514 Dover Plains, New York
26 9"x8" 26.5" 17 May 1905 1515 Marblehead, Ohio
27 9"x8" 26.5" 26 May 1905 1516 Marblehead, Ohio
28 8"x12" 26.5" 1 May 1907 1852 Marblehead, Ohio
29 8"x12" 26.5" 3 May 1907 1853 Marblehead, Ohio
30 8"x12" 26.5" 4 May 1907 1854 Marblehead, Ohio
31 8"x12" 26.5" 10 May 1907 1855 Marblehead, Ohio named Mary Sanders
32 8"x12" 26.5" 20 May 1907 1856 Marblehead, Ohio
33 8"x12" 26.5" 1 April 1908 2045 Sandusky, Ohio
34 8"x12" 26.5" 20 May 1908 2046 Cleveland, Ohio sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Le Roy, New York
35 8"x12" 26.5" 20 March 1908 2074 Sandusky, Ohio
36 8"x12" 26.5" 20 March 1908 2075 Sandusky, Ohio sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Akron, New York
37 8"x12" 26.5" 20 March 1908 2076 Sandusky, Ohio
38 8"x12" 26.5" 1 April 1908 2077 Sandusky, Ohio
39 8"x12" 26.5" 15 April 1908 2078 Sandusky, Ohio
40 8"x12" 26.5" 15 April 1908 2079 Martin, Ohio
41 8"x12" 26.5" 15 April 1908 2080 Sandusky, Ohio sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Akron, New York
42 8"x12" 26.5" 1 June 1908 2081 Kelley's Island, Ohio
43 8"x12" 26.5" 1 July 1908 2082 Kelley's Island, Ohio
44 8"x12" 26.5" 3 July 1910 2263 Clarence, New York sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Akron, New York
45 8"x12" 26.5" 3 July 1910 2264 Clarence, New York sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Winchester, Massachusetts; later moved to Akron, New York
53 8"x12" 27.5" 22 March 1911 2429 Marblehead, Ohio sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Akron, New York
54 8"x12" 27.5" 22 March 1911 2430 Clarence, New York sold to General Crushed Stone Company, Akron, New York
55 8"x12" 27.5" 27 June 1912 2541 Sandusky, Ohio
56 8"x12" 27.5" 9 May 1913 2638 Kelley's Island, Ohio
57 8"x12" 27.5" 3 May 1913 2677 Kelley's Island, Ohio
58 8"x12" 27.5" 16 May 1914 2721 Sandusky, Ohio
59 8"x12" 27.5" 23 May 1914 2775 Sandusky, Ohio
62 8"x12" 27.5" 3 March 1916 2851 White Rock, Ohio
63 8"x12" 27.5" 3 March 1916 2852 White Rock, Ohio
64 8"x8" 27.5" 17 February 1917 2898 Marblehead, Ohio
65 8"x8" 27.5" 17 February 1917 2899 Marblehead, Ohio
66 8"x8" 27.5" 22 February 1917 2900 Marblehead, Ohio
67 8"x8" 27.5" 23 February 1917 2901 Marblehead, Ohio
68 8"x8" 27.5" 27 February 1917 2902 Marblehead, Ohio
69 8"x8" 27.5" 3 March 1917 2903 Marblehead, Ohio
70 8"x8" 27.5" 10 March 1917 2904 Marblehead, Ohio
71 8"x8" 27.5" 19 March 1917 2917 Marblehead, Ohio
72 8"x8" 27.5" 19 March 1917 2918 Marblehead, Ohio
73 8"x8" 27.5" 19 March 1917 2919 Marblehead, Ohio
74 8"x8" 29" 30 June 1923 3218 Marblehead, Ohio
75 8"x8" 29" 2 July 1923 3219 Marblehead, Ohio

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Koch, Michael (1971). The Shay Locomotive Titan of the Timber. The World Press. pp. 415–457. 

References[edit]

  • Fick, Dean K. (2003). The Lakeside and Marblehead Railroad, second edition revised and enlarged. Davenport, Iowa: Montevallo Historical Press. ISBN 0-9658624-2-9. 

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