Ely Thomas Lumber Company 3 (Climax Class B)

Built in 1915 by Climax Manufacturing Company, this is a 35 ton Class B (two-truck) narrow-gauge geared locomotive with 30" drivers and 11" x 12" cylinders. Before going to Ely Thomas Lumber Company in West Virginia in 1948, it served several companies in North Carolina. It moved to H.F. Allen & C. Samborski at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1955, and returned home to North Carolina when it was sold to the U.S. Forest Service in 1973. It was on display in several locations in North Carolina and Georgia. Now it is at the Cradle of Forestry Museum near Brevard, North Carolina. I understand this engine is the prototype for Bachmann's excellent 1:20.3 scale model for garden railroads.

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