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 Post subject: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:45 am 

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Two weekends ago I ventured to Cass, WV to witness the railroad’s Parade of Steam, which was part of West Virginia Day. Free to the public on Saturday; morning viewing of the trains was from the parking lot adjacent to the depot and company store. Five 3-truck geared locomotives were steamed up and running - Shays #2, 4, 5, 11 and Climax #9.

The day before was a private photo-freight charter featuring Moore Keppel #9, with a night photo session afterwards.

Follow the link above to my gallery of images from both days.

Enjoy,
Matthew


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 Post subject: Re: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:31 pm 

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Thank you for sharing this. I think I would of been confused about dying and going to Heaven. Wonderful day that must of been? Regards, John.


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 Post subject: Re: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:42 pm 

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is it back to full boiler pressure?
Wonder how it's performance compares to the shays and heisler


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 Post subject: Re: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:36 pm 

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CA1 wrote:
is it back to full boiler pressure?
Wonder how it's performance compares to the shays and heisler


At normal pressure, t.e. is just about the same as a 70-3 class Shay, 30,000 lbs and change. That is a paper spec and sometimes you will find that some locomotives do better (or worse) than expected.

Hillcrest Lbr. Co. 3T Climax 10 is another 70-3 class engine. But I will tell you from experience going back to when she was in regular service, that hard riding machine is an exceptional puller.


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 Post subject: Re: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:59 pm 

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Very interesting.
I'm guessing not as efficient as a super heater/piston valve locomotive.
Wonder if they will reserve it for special occasions or use it on the mountain


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 Post subject: Re: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:50 pm 

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Truly is a thing of beauty.

I never imagined that rust bucket would ever run again. Surely it was bound for scrap was my first thought after sitting for years rusting away.

Bravo to all who turned a wrench on Moore Keppel #9.

Robert


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 Post subject: Re: Moore Keppel Climax #9 at Cass
PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:05 am 

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The real unsung heroes in this engine's rise from the ashes is the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association (MSR&LHA). When the state of West Virginia didn't have the money or resources, they took a worn-out, burnt, rusty hulk of an engine, built a shop for Cass with their own money & began restoration (again, with their money). This continued into Dec 2015 when WV awarded operating rights on the Cass Scenic to the Durbin & Greenbrier River Railroad (D&GVRR). The engine was approximately 80% complete at that time. The MSR&LHA organization was promptly shown the door & the D&GVRR took over the work from there. If you are interested, the MSR&LHA web site has a fairly detailed coverage of their work in the 80% they accomplished before being booted.

http://www.msrlha.org/

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