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    Below is a pic of the #1 engine on the Catskill Mountain RR, a Davenport (35 ton?) called "the duck".

    Now I have 2 questions on this locomotive:

    #1- When was it produced? (I know Daenport made locos from 1902-1956)

    #2- Why does it have them side rods? (I assume that it has something to do with slippage or wheel balance)

    Thanks for any help, and here's the pic:



    Russ

  • #2
    Russ,

    I will take a shot at question 2. It seems to me I once heard that smoe of these were built with only power to one axle and that the drive rods were to connect the two axles. Don't know if that is true here.

    If this outfit is still in business have you thought to contact them and ask? I am sure we would all enjoy knowing the real answers!

    Dave Koch


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    • #3
      Davenport has not been around since 1956 but I thank you for your help. I suspect that you are correct however, as many Dutch locomotives of similar design seem to operate in this way. Another reason that I came up with is if this is a geared locomotive, the rods could prevent any slippage that may cause unnecessary strain on the gears. Thanks again!

      Russ

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      • #4
        Russ, mah' diesel spotters guide says that puppy, er lokie, is a 40 tonner, produced around 1954.



        Don in Orygun City

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        • #5
          Thanks Don! Once again you have provided me with some great info!

          Russ

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          • #6
            Russ,

            I didn't mean to contact Davenport but the operator. If the Catskill Mt. RR is still in business I bet there is someone there who keeps this thing running who would love to share its details with you!

            Dave Koch


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            • #7
              Excellent! Don't know why I did not think of that! I shall and, should I get a reply, I will share the results. Thanks!

              Russ

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              • #8
                quote:



                Excellent! Don't know why I did not think of that! I shall and, should I get a reply, I will share the results. Thanks!


                Russ



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                Cool! It will be an interesting story.

                Dave Koch


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                • #9
                  Just thought that I would give an update. The gentleman that I contacted at the CMRR told me that it was a 35 tonner built around 1953 (Tankertoad- you were close!!) Unfortunately he could not provide me an answer to the reason for the siderods but felt that you guys were dead on and probably did connect the powered axle to the dummy.

                  Happy railroading!

                  Russ

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                  • #10
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                    Unfortunately he could not provide me an answer to the reason for the siderods but felt that you guys were dead on and probably did connect the powered axle to the dummy.



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                    Indeed it does...

                    Believe it or not, they even built a six wheel unit using the same connecting rod drive system.

                    Thanks for posting the picture, I have been looking for one...

                    Tom

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