Friday, June 30, 2023

Friday Night Steam


The Climax locomotive



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fruit Growers Number 3 on display at Fairplex in Pomona, California.
A Climax locomotive is a type of geared steam locomotive in which the two steam cylinders are attached to a transmission located under the center of the boiler. This transmits power to driveshafts running to the front and rear trucks.

Rush S. Battles patented the basic design in 1891. Battles' design had horizontal cylinders connected to the drive shaft through a 2-speed transmission. The drive shaft passed just above the axle centers, requiring the use of hypoid bevel gears to transfer power to each axle. Unlike the later and somewhat similar Heisler design, there were no side rods on the trucks and all gearing was open, exposed to the elements. Battles' patent describes the core design that became the Class B Climax, and his patent illustrations show the name Climax emblazoned on the locomotive cab.

Charles D. Scott, an inventor who had previously proposed a less successful geared steam locomotive, patented improved versions of Battles' trucks in 1892 and 1893. Scott's 1892 patent was the basis of the Class A Climax. His 1892 patent included gear-case enclosures.

All Climax locomotives were built by the Climax Manufacturing Company (later renamed to the Climax Locomotive Works), of Corry, Pennsylvania. In addition, an agency and service facility was established in Seattle, Washington to sell and maintain locomotives for west coast buyers. Production began in 1888 and the last Climax locomotive was produced in 1928. Between 1000 and 1100 were built.
Many loggers considered the Climax superior to the Shay in hauling capability and stability, particularly in a smaller locomotive, although the ride was characteristically rough for the crew.

Climaxes were built in three distinct classes:

Class A

These featured a steam engine unit with two vertical cylinders mounted in the center of the locomotive. Class A Climaxes had a frame similar to a flatcar with wooden boxcar-like bodywork built up above it to protect the crew and fuel from the elements—this could be more or less covering between locomotive to locomotive. The front half of the locomotive, in front of the engine unit, contained the boiler. In smaller examples this may have been a vertical boiler, while in larger ones a tee boiler was employed. Class A Climaxes were small locomotives, generally under seventeen tons. Class A Climaxes, unlike Heisler and Shay locomotives, had two-speed gearboxes.

Class B

Looking more like a regular locomotive, the Class B Climax had the cylinders either side of the boiler, permitting it to be longer and larger than possible with the Class A arrangement. The two cylinders drove a transverse shaft that was geared to the longitudinal driveshaft in the middle; on early Class B climaxes, the cylinders were horizontal and pointing forwards, while later ones had the cylinders angled upwards at about 30 degrees from horizontal. Class B Climaxes weighed approximately 17 tons at minimum to a maximum of approximately 60 tons.

Class C

As in the Shay locomotive, a class C was a three-truck design, the additional powered truck being beneath a fuel-carrying tender articulated to the locomotive. All Class C locomotives had inclined cylinders. A fictional character from Thomas & Friends, named Ferdinand, is a Climax class C.


Approximately 20 Climax locomotives survive in North America, of which about five are operational. Two survive in Australia: No. 1694, restored and operational since 8 September 2013, at the Puffing Billy Railway, in Belgrave, and No. 1653, on display at Hobart, Tasmania.

The New Zealand Climaxes are: No. 522, stored at Tokomaru, No. 1203, stored in Shantytown near Greymouth, No. 1317, under static restoration at Te Awamutu, and No. 1650, as of 2013 under restoration at Pukemiro. Hence four of the seven B-class Climax locos delivered to New Zealand have survived

The Climax locomotive at the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in West Virginia is currently being restored by the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association.

The White Mountain Central Railroad runs a Climax as their primary locomotive.

The "Durbin Rocket", of the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad in Durbin, West Virginia, is hauled by a Climax on its regular excursions.

Hillcrest Lumber Co. No. 9, preserved at the BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan, British Columbia
The Corry Historical Museum in Corry, Pennsylvania has a Climax on display in its own exhibit room inside the museum, with the locomotive sitting on a section of track. The museum is open from 14:00 to 16:00 on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and admission is free.

Two Climax locomotives are preserved in Canada, both at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, British Columbia. Shawnigan Lake Lumber Co. No. 2 is a 25-ton Class B locomotive, and was built in 1910 as shop number 1057. Hillcrest Lumber Co. No. 9 was built to a larger, 50-ton Class B design in 1915, and is Climax shop number 1359.

A number of Climaxes, especially Class A, were later converted to diesel or gasoline power, and some still exist in this form, using the original frame and drive mechanism.


Today's funny :o)








Lotsa smoke on....








 Hubby went outside and dug up the half dead plants in front of the house.

 We will not miss them!



  More smoke yesterday:



 Benji lost a big feather in the afternoon.

Kitty-Kat will enjoy playing with it!




Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Mmmmm, mmmmm - good!






Today's funny :o)

 H/T to Donna!


Our Internet has been....

 .... very sporadic the last few days. So many thunderstorms and lots of lightning here in Coopville!



  Too much rain also:


 When it stopped for a bit, the gang wanted OUT....

... and neighbors enjoyed some target practice during the brake!


 Reba is still broody, she stays away from the rest:


 More rain:




 More thunderstorms:

But it is good for the lettuce:


and the basil:




Friday, June 23, 2023

Friday Night Steam

Found this film while looking for British steam. It's quite long, but still a lovely video. 'Hope you enjoy it as much as I did - so grab a drink, sit back and dream!



Video source:

JG Productions

A little project I’ve been working on for a few months in my spare time. This video features a collection of my personal favorite shots I have taken from 2013 onwards which I feel show the glory and beauty of steam whether they be on the main line or a preserved railway. So sit back and relax and enjoy this compilation which features up to 51 different steam locomotives! Locomotives included in this video are - |5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ |5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ |4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ |4965 ‘Rood Ashton Hall’ |6960 ‘Raveningham Hall’ |7812 ‘Erlestoke Manor’ |7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ |7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ |7827 ‘Lydham Manor’ |7828 ‘Odney Manor’ |SRM 93 |3850 |9351 |3205 |6695 |5542 |4566 |1501 |5239 |4270 |4160 |6435 |4612 |34007 ‘Wadebridge’ |34046 ‘Braunton’ |34067 ‘Tangmere’ |34070 ‘Manston’ |34053 ‘Sir Keigh Park’ |34092 ‘City of Wells’ |30120 |30587 |30053 |60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ |60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ |4464 ‘Bittern’ |60163 ‘Tornado’ |44932 |44871 |45407 |48624 |46447 |46521 |47406 |70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ |73129 |76079 |75029 |75078 |No. 15 ‘Earl David’ |4015 ‘Karel’ |7151



Today's funny :o)





Odds 'N Ends....

 Just stuff in the camera....


There are a lot of them this year:

Wild strawberries -  sweet and delicious!

A cute little chippie:

Hubby hard at work:


Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Look up!!!


1st night of summer to feature convergence of astronomical trio

The June solstice marks the official start to summer, but wildfire smoke could hinder views of an upcoming astronomy event, and potentially more astronomical happenings through the summer.

The Stonehenge monument in England is seen, early Monday, June 21, 2010. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight Monday as a bright early morning sun rose above the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The upcoming week will bring the shortest nights of the entire year across the United States, but there will still be plenty to look for in the night sky including a planetary duo glowing next to the moon.

Astronomical summer will officially kick off on Wednesday with the solstice, which will occur at 10:57 a.m. EDT, the latest start to summer since 2019. This comes three weeks after the start of meteorological summer, which began on Thursday, June 1.

On the June solstice, the sun's most direct rays will be focused on the Tropic of Cancer resulting in the longest day of the year for areas north of the equator. In areas north of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets on the solstice with constant daylight around the clock.

The longest day of the year will be followed by the shortest night of the year, but the brevity of the night shouldn't deter stargazers from spending some time outdoors after nightfall as an easy-to-see astronomical event will unfold in the sky.

Venus, Mars and the crescent moon

About an hour after sunset on Wednesday evening, the crescent moon, Venus and Mars will glow together in the western sky. This gathering will be similar to one that unfolded in May that featured the same three celestial objects, but this month, Venus and Mars will appear closer to each other.

Venus will be the brightest of the two planets, with Mars glowing dimly above and to the left of it. The crescent moon will be hanging in the sky to the right of the planetary duo.

Onlookers may also be able to see a phenomenon called Earthshine, also known as the Da Vinci glow.

Earthshine is commonly seen during a crescent moon shortly after sunset or shortly before sunrise when sunlight reflecting off the Earth faintly illuminates the Earth-facing side of the moon. The effect can make for awe-inspiring photographs, especially on Wednesday night with two planets nearby.

How wildfire smoke can affect stargazing

Plumes of smoke spewing from wildfires across Canada have filled the sky over the contiguous United States in recent weeks, resulting in unhealthy air quality and hazy conditions hundreds and even thousands of miles away from the blazes.

With the Canadian wildfire season off to an unprecedented start and wildfire season in the U.S. still months away from its predicted peak, it is likely that smoke will make more frequent appearances in the sky this summer compared to previous years.

A satellite image of the United States Thursday morning. Wildfire smoke could be seen over the Plains, Midwest and part of the mid-Atlantic. (NOAA/GOES-EAST)

High-altitude smoke, like what was seen over the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, June 15, can have some effect on air quality near the ground, but for stargazers, it can have significant implications.

A thin layer of wildfire smoke can make it difficult to see many of the dimmer stars, constellations and planets. Thicker smoke can block out views of the night sky entirely, making it virtually impossible to witness events such as the gathering of Venus, Mars and the moon on Wednesday night.

In addition to the shorter nights during the weeks surrounding the solstice, an uptick in moisture in the atmosphere during the summer months can make the sky appear slightly fuzzy. The increase in humidity is why stars do not appear to twinkle as much in the summer compared to the clear and cold nights of winter.

If wildfire smoke continues to spread across the sky throughout the summer, it could potentially block out views of several major astronomy events, including the highly-anticipated Perseid meteor shower on the night of Saturday, Aug. 12, into the early morning of Sunday, Aug. 13.


Today's funny :o)

 Our next generation of leaders.....


Broody Reba....

 ..... trying not to let Dolly in her nest box:





 They have such beautiful feathers!


  Hubby power washing the house:



 The cloud seems to be trying to grab the spot on the camera lens!


 Benji and Chipper looking for bugs:

 The damn deer will probably eat these:




Monday, June 19, 2023

Our generation really was the BEST!

H/T to Donna!!!!




Today's funny :o)

 H/T to Gary!


Well, well, well......

 ..... at least THIS problem  is finally fixed!

This section of pipe had 3 holes in it!

Thankfully we had a  BIG cache of water stored for the 3 days!

The lilies are starting to bloom:

Still getting smoke from the Canadian fires:

Hubby "The stump grinder"and the gang:

Reba went broody - I have to take her out of the nest box -  otherwise she won't come out of the coop:


Sunday, June 18, 2023

Happy Father's Day!

 For all the Dad's out there........

What makes a Dad?

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called him ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

Happy Father's Day, Dad - I miss you so!

Monday, June 12, 2023

When you are grumpy...

 .... there is always a pet to make 'ya smile!


Today's funny :o)

 H/T to Gary!

Yes, I’m an old fart…


Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.

Curry was a surname.

A take-away was a mathematical problem.

Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.

Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.

All chips were plain.

Oil was for lubricating; fat was for cooking.

Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Chickens didn’t have fingers in those days.

None of us had ever heard of yogurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible.

Cooking outside was called camping.

Seaweed was not a recognized food.

‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.

Prunes were medicinal.

Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.

Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.

Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties and sixties … was elbows, hats and cell phones.


NOT a good week.....

 ...... nothing, and I mean nothing, went as planned!

The smoke from the Canadian fires was sooo bad, we couldn't go outside and do anything except on Monday. Hubby transplanted the iris to the front stone wall:


Then the awful smoke came:

That is the sun:

Just couldn't stay outside and work.

Had a Dr's appt. on Wednesday at 9AM and it's an hour drive to get there. It seemed like we were driving at dusk. It was worse coming home.

Now we are having trouble with the well pump. Can't use the power washer or the washing machine until it gets inspected.

After today will be taking the rest of the week off until we can straighten out the problems here in Coopville.

At least the flowers can make us smile: