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Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/04/2018 :  7:04:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey gang. Wonderful forum here. I have a thread going over on the Early Rail subforum about research Iím doing on small 1900-ish Pennsylvania railroads, many of which are 3í narrow gauge lines. Thereís been some great input. Thought the narrow gauge gang might be interested. Itís here:


I do have one narrow gauge specific question. Most of the small railroads Iím interested in ran 3í gauge Climaxes. Iíve researched whatís available in HOn3, and came up with some Class A locomotives and the little 18-ton Flying Bee(?) brass. The lines Iíd like to model all ran 25-30 ton engines. I was wondering if I had missed something that might be available. Or a kit bash thatís possible. Looks like the 18-ton loco could be ďup-ratedĒ to 25-tons with a larger boiler and bunker.

Hereís White Deer & Loganton No. 1 at Loganton:

Anyway, thought Iíd say hello. Appreciate any help!
Designing a 1905-ish Pennsylvania Short Line

Edited by - RyanAK on 11/04/2018 7:07:46 PM

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Posted - 11/04/2018 :  8:32:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neat photo.

Karl Scribner
Kentucky Southern Railway
and associated lines
Midwest Lower Michigan

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/05/2018 :  2:05:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit vamodeler's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Small class B Climax in Hon3 is rare. You mentioned the Flying Zoo 18-ton engine but there is also a SUGIYAMA MODELS 25-TON CLASS "B" Climax, modern, wagontop boiler and steel cab.

Fellow PA modeler George Pierson, built a Class B climax using another mechanism and published a how to article in the May 2006 NG&SLG

He also made a 45-ton climax as discussed in the Feb 1996 MR

You can check out his nice layout on You Tube:


Finally, you also mentioned Class A climax loco's there was one operating on the logging line off the WD&L.



My Website: http://sites.google.com/site/deercreekandlaurelry/

Edited by - vamodeler on 11/05/2018 2:08:04 PM

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/06/2018 :  4:16:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi, Brian. Thanks for the lead on the Sugiyama 25-ton Class B. Iíll look it up. I think the little Flying Zoo could be kit bashed if the mechanism is good. Looks like a lot of the dimensions are right except for the smaller boiler and bunker.

George Piersonís layout is fantastic. Iíve been a fan since I ran across it. But I wasnít aware of the build of the Climax. Iíll be sure to look up that issue of the Gazzette.

From what I can gather, the Class A that was owned by the WD&L (or White Deer Valley RR...) stayed in White Deer around the mill and shops until it was sold to Watsontown Brick.

BTW... incredible layout. Iíve had it bookmarked for a few months since starting down this little road and I gotta say, for a freelanced railroad, everything really rings true. Very well done!!


Designing a 1905-ish Pennsylvania Short Line

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