Excerpt from MRRHQ Collectible HO Scale Roundhouse 2773 Moose Jaws Lumber Climax Locomotive Kit documents:
"The Climax Locomotive was produced by the Climax Manufacturing Co. in Corry, Pennsylvania. Designed in the late 1800's, the Climax was designed as a logging locomotive with a 1:1 gear ratio and attained a maximum speed of 12 mph. Also of interest is the fact that the Climax locomotive was also used for passenger service utilizing a 2:1 gear ratio, giving it a whopping 20 mph top speed! The early styled Climax design was a virtue of simplicity: one flat car with a 2-cylinder tug boat steam engine in the center, enclosed by a cab: a boiler at one end with a fuel bunker at the other end! The Climax was powered by a transmission and spline shafts, coupled with universals located below the superstructure and centered between the geared trucks..... much like today's automobile."
The Climax, along with their other iconic Box Diesel and 2-Truck Shay locomotive kits, have become synonymous with the Roundhouse name over the years. Though admittedly noisy, finicky and often problematic, they are a must have for all model locomotive aficionados
Plastic Part #28058 Universal Drive in these vintage kits ALWAYS arrive broken from age rendering the drive system inoperable. Replacements were never offered. Fear not! I developed a fix for this problem which has been incorporated in this kit.
C-9 Mint Condition w/Excellent Original Box.
Inventoried and sealed in custom-fitted air tight heavy zip lock bag.
All small parts sealed in plastic bags.
All Instructions included.
Pre-painted pressure-cast Zamac high impact plastic body.
Factory pre-assembled Power Trucks.
Powerful 5-Pole Motor.
Heavy cast metal main frame.
Optional Upgrade Available:
Kadee all-metal Knuckle Couplers.
We do not recommend this kit for beginning modelers.