geared engines were designed and constructed in 1894, inspired by an idea of
the Shay first built in 1889, to meet requirements of heavy haulage on rough
track with sharp curves and steep grades. The Climax had a boiler
mounted in the center of the main frame and its inclined engines arranged
symmetrically on both sides of the boiler were connected to a crank shaft on
which there was a master gear transmitting the power with the longitudinal
shaft having flexible joints to each axle gear through the truck pinion.
Aster has faithfully
modeled the Climax used on the "Colorado and Northwestern Narrow
Gauge Line, which was one of the first freight locomotives ordered by them
in 1987. It is said that No. 2 was the heaviest Climax built
(C-50) (total weight - 100,000 lbs) and at that time the only narrow gauge 3 truck version ever built.
Since Climax locomotives were widely used not only in North America, but
also in Australia and New Zealand, Aster chose not to letter their Climax.
This allows the modeler to put their railroad name choice on this
locomotive. Climax construction shop number # 167, the
prototype for the Aster Climax was built in December 1897 to a 36 inch gauge as the
Colorado & Northwestern Railway's No. 2.
Following several years working out of Boulder, Colorado the locomotive was
moved to Skagway, Alaska in 1899 as Pacific Contract Company No. 8. In
1901, it was initially No. 8 for the White Pass and Yukon (later #58), where
she was used to build that railroad. Sold for $3,000, the narrow gauge
climax came to Seattle, Washington's W. D. Hofius & Company, June 1902.
The following year, 1903, it was re-gauged to standard gauge in 1903 for the
White Star Lumber Company, Whites, Washington. Later, it was operated
by the Maytown Lumber Company, Maytown, Washington.
1/24, 45 mm gauge
Length 584 mm, Width 109 mm, and Height 163 mm
Net Weight: 5.9 kg
Wheels: Diameter 34 mm made of stainless steel
Valve Gear: Stephenson Type
2 cylinders (Bore 10 mm x stroke 14 mm)
Type: Center Flue with a super heater
180 cc of water
2 x Safety Valves, Regulator Valve, Check Valve, Blow down Valve, By-Pass
Valve, Pressure Gauge and Water Gauge.
3 kg/cm (Normal working level)
Gas Container on the 3rd truck (Capacity 80 cc)
Tank on the 3rd truck (Capacity 350 cc)
Hand Operating Pump in Water Tank
Axle Driven Automatic Pump
Equipment To be installed on the 2nd truck
electric version was also produced)