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Climax by yankeedog Climax by yankeedog
The lumber industry in Pennsylvania was big business. People like T.D. Collins were nearly the equal of Carnegie, but his fortune was made in wood. To move the lumber, a special type of locomotive was needed, a geared locomotive. These locomotives could scale steep grades on twisty ribbons of steal that covered the mountains of northwest Pennsylvania. The most famous geared locomotive was the Shay locomotive, but in the town of Corry Pennsylvania, Climax Locomotives ruled the woods. If the steam locomotive was the "Iron Horse", the geared locomotive was an Iron Mountain Goat.

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etowah-dog Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
I've heard that there is a Climax replica some where in Georgia. Sweet work.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Thanks! Cool! I know they have a real one at Cass in WVA.
-YD
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BuckleyTypographics Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
May be one of my most favorites of yours. Then again, there are so many...
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Thanks, I appreciate it!
-YD
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful! - one of your pieces that touched my heart!

A good fellow named James Buchanan became friend of my eldest brother Najeeb Nayyer, he sent us with a compact disc containing all his efforts related to rebuilding Climax locomotives, I have it saved over my PC, it has all the Climax history, the pictures of rusting, neglected Climax locomotives, CAD drawings, Climax logos and all the reverse engineering stuff! we were so impressed when we saw it all, the revival of Climax Locos!

Let me know if you need anything!

- Ahmed Nayyer
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thanks! I always liked the Climax locomotives and the fact that they were built here in Pennsylvania was an added bonus.
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Wow. Amazing artwork. Just SO good.

And I've never even HEARD of geared steamers like this. THANKS!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Thanks Brandon. Years ago my friend's family had a camp up in Kelletville in the Allegheny National Forest. Every once in a while we would see some remnants of the lumber industry in the woods when we would go 4 wheeling. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania published a series of books on the Lumber Industry in PA, they are great books with lots of photos and information.

The Cass Scenic Mountain Railroad has working exampes of most of the geared locomotives: [link] Some Youtube footage: [link]
-YD
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hey, the Georgetown Loop Railroad has one of these! Odd looking things, but very cool nonetheless. Good stuff Don!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
There are still a few of them around, except in the place where they were built.
-YD
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