Climax locomotive

Climax locomotive

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Description
A climax locomotive is a type of geared steam locomotive in which the two steam cylinders were attached to a transmission located under the center of the locomotive frame. this transmission drives driveshafts running foreward andrearward to gear boxes in each driving truck. unlike the somewhat similar Heisler design, there were no side rods on the trucks. the gearboxes drove both axles on each truck. many loggers considered the Climax superior to the Shay in hauling capability and stability, particularly in a smaller locomotive, although the ride was characteristically rough for the crew. climaxes were built in three different classes of A,B,C. approxamately 20 still survive in North America, two in Australia, and four in New Zealand. #climax #geared_locomotive #railroad #shay #steam #steam_engine
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