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Brasstown Bald's Steam Locomotive

The mountaintop museum at Brasstown Bald features a replica of a Climax locomotive as part of an exhibit on the region's logging history.

Below is the text of the exhibit information on the engine:

"The Climax engine, weighing 52 tons, was slow, noisy and strong. It was especially suited for the demanding conditions of mountain logging operations. These steam driven trains were beneficial in opening up the region to further economic development.

The original steam locomotive was built by Climax Manufacturing Company in Corry, Pennsylvania, about 1913. This replica is built to three-quarter scale.

The engine was supported by two sets of narrow gauge wheel trucks that were center pin mounted. The steam cylinders were attached on either side of the boiler. A direct drive rod connected a horizontal crankshaft that drove bevel gears. Universal joints powered the trucks."

Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain, is in the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia.


1908 ad for Climax locomotives

From: Lumber Trade Journal, June 1, 1908.


Climax engine no. 968. (From: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory). Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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