Garrattfan's Modelrailroading Pages
Three truck Climax
Clemons Logging Company Class C three-truck Climax locomotive no. 3 and crew, 1926. Photo by Clark Kinsey.
© University Libraries University of Washington, 2003
Driving normal fixed frame locomotives on logging railways was virtually impossible. The irregular underground made the wheels come off the track and derailed the locomotive. The three most numerous solutions to this problem were the Shay (2771 built), the Climax (appr. 1100 built) and the Heisler (appr. 850 built).
The Climax is built with its cylinders in the normal place, but they were extremely tilted to allow the front truck to swivel freely. The cylinders drive a central crank shaft which on its turn drives both axles of each powered truck.
The model is produced by Bachmann in 2012. I waited for a very long time buying it until a could not resist a real bargain via eBay by the end of 2013. It is DCC equipped and although I operated it on DC it already has excellent riding capabilities. Detail is good. I'll let the photos speak mostly for themselves
An artistic folly of the loco, please permit.