Roots of Motive Power’ Climax Locomotive. The third type of North American geared locomotives and the first to be posted here. From the Roots’ website:
Engine #4 was build for Holmes Eureka Lumber Company in 1922 by Climax Manufacturing of Corry, Pennsylvania and carries builder’s number 1621. The engine was sold to Pacific Lumber of Scotia, California in 1937, where it was retired in 1954. Bert and Ferne Rudolph of Willits acquired the engine in 1955 and brought it to Willits, where it was kept until acquired by The Roots of Motive Power in 1990. The engine has been restored and was operated by the Roots of Motive Power as recently as 1993 during our “School Days” demonstrations.
The locomotive is a two-truck geared engine with about 200 horsepower capable of 26,400 lbs traction at 200 pounds steam pressure. The unit is operated at about 50 pounds pressure today.
A long way from operational this locomotive has been moved into the shop for a complete overhaul to fix the aforementioned 50 lbs of working pressure it has been limited to. Hopefully they can restore this locomotive along with the Robert Dollar Shay
This 8-ton Plymouth switching engine was donated to Roots of Motive Power by Laurens Edwards of Santa Rosa, CA. Used mostly for moving around the cars in the Roots’ collection this locomotive is probably the most commonly used locomotive that they operate. Taken at the annual open-house.
This 1924 Ohio Steam Powered crane weighs in at 20 tons, yet is still considered a locomotive crane. Although the Roots of Motive Power site doesn’t have much information on it’s history (hasn’t been updated in a while either) you can find the link here. Because there was not much to lift for the open house at Roots the crane mostly sat on a side track and ran back and forth under its own power, which for a single boiler crane is quite an accomplishment and shows exactly what light duty cranes could accomplish in the 1920’s. Later models also had to deal with much heavier loads as the mainline railroads had heavier and heavier locomotives.
Cortez Mines Limited No. 1, also known as Ann Marie is an 0-4-0 H.K. Porter built in 1890. This locomotive has served many excursions on short line narrow gauge Railroads even though it is privately owned. One example is Ardenwood Farm in Fremont, CA. But this day it was serving as a display engine at Roaring Camp Railroad in their Harvest Faire and Steam Festival.
The wheelbase on this locomotive is so small that the main drivers extend into the cab. The brakes on the locomotive are hand opperated, and it lacks the equipment necessary for train air brakes.
This Baldwin 2-6-2 was built in 1910, and remained in service until 1955. The locomotive’s history can be found here on the Root’s of Motive Power website. This locomotive was brought out for round trips along the 1/2 mile loop around the Roots Shop for the annual Steam Up and Roots Festival.
Steam Powered Tricycle at the Kinetic Carnival in Willits, CA. It runs off a small boiler held in the front of the Tricycle. The single piston motor requires a little push to get started, but will comfortably keep its passengers mobile.
The California Western #45. This Baldwin 2-8-2 was built for a logging company in 1924, and serves special excursions. I managed to find it waiting for eager Tourists and Steam enthusiasts for the 2013 Kinetic Carnivale in Willits, California.
When trying to reform their downtown, Petaluma had to come to a very important decision when it comes to their historic Landmarks and scenic downtown. Situated along the waters edge (1 block away from downtown) this trestle served the trains that would pass from the refineries, breweries, and mills along the river, and carry passenger traffic through the town. When the line was abandoned in the 50’s, the route fell into disrepair. Now that it is a part of the modern downtown district Petaluma has decided that they will try and preserve the wooden trestle, even though the only likely part still salvageable is the track that runs along it.
The Dolbeer Steam Donkey is highly regarded as the first for purpose steam winch used in the pacific northwest when it was first patented in August of 1881. It’s design was purposefully made to handle the much larger Timber that is found in the Pacific Northwest, compared to the logging operations in the Eastern United States. It’s popularity was first noted when it could do the work of 20 oxen during it’s trial run, and could haul logs up to 20ft in Diameter. In the years that followed in the North West logging operations saw these logging donkeys grow to more than 4 or 5 spools.
This particular example can be found at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits, California. It is fully functional and has been carefully restored by the Roots of Motive Power.
The Roots collection just wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t have the iconic Shay geared locomotive. S/N 2978 Donated by one of its members this shay has been sitting on the sidelines since 2005. If Roots can get this shay restored, it will be one of the few railroads with all 3 types of geared locomotives (excluding the Willamette), the other two being the Climax and the Heisler types. Right now you can see that it is sitting in a less than adequate condition, but that is because they had to disassemble it when they last moved her from the Bay Area Electrical Railroad Association. Her complete history can be found here on the Root’s website.