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The Original 'Kittom Lumber Company' - pt.III
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W C Greene wrote: Very neat Tom...I looked at the last photo and thought "that loco has side rods!"... but then remembered that the "siderods" are really pickups for the wheels. Had me going for a minute, good for the old heart.
This should be a cool little lokie, more please...

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Hi Woodie.:wave: Yes, those are the electrical pickups .I have not placed the truck sides on the wheels as of yet. I'm still figuring out how to put those on:!:. More to come. Doc Tom

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I managed to complete the vertical boiler class A Climax. I researched the likely color of this locomotive in 1910. From what I could read it was primarily painted black.



I elected to paint mine as a flat black beast.



The Tsunami 2 steam decoder I got for Christmas worked after all that infinitesimal wiring soldering and insulating!! :glad::rah:.

So, to celebrate and since it was a Christmas gift, who better to christen the "Bull of the Woods" than Santee Claus hisself?





The man in red was really moved by the deep gorge at the Kit Creek watershed.



He was glad to get back to the relative safety of rail camp and was looking for his reindeer and sleigh to get him gone.



Next to come are windows for the cab, a decal for "Bull O' Woods" and light weathering.

Looking forward to choosing one of the 60 whistles and all the other electronic goodies that come with a Tsunami 2 decoder.

Thanks for looking.Doc Tom


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Looks great! :thumb:

Liking that smokestack.  Where did you find that?



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Very, very nice Doc.  I was cruising this site  http://www.climaxlocomotives.com  and some of the early lokies were quite colorful.  When I build mine I'm going to be creative in the coloring only because I am stretching the timeline for the Climax.  The original "tinkering" according to the website was in the 1870s.  Patents were pulled in late 1888.  Well shoot, why can't I have an early Class A Climax in 1881?  So I will.  

Did your shop crew grease the sides of the "Bull" before they tried to fit it in the engine house?  Very snug indeed.  Glad Santee Claus liked his ride.  Show us more!  Thanks for sharing.



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Michael M wrote: Looks great! :thumb:

Liking that smokestack.  Where did you find that?

Thanks Mike. The stack was a two part casting that was in the kit. May be the main detail that sets this apart as a steamer and not a box cab diesel.

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Steven B wrote: Very, very nice Doc.  I was cruising this site  http://www.climaxlocomotives.com  and some of the early lokies were quite colorful.  When I build mine I'm going to be creative in the coloring only because I am stretching the timeline for the Climax.  The original "tinkering" according to the website was in the 1870s.  Patents were pulled in late 1888.  Well shoot, why can't I have an early Class A Climax in 1881?  So I will.  

Did your shop crew grease the sides of the "Bull" before they tried to fit it in the engine house?  Very snug indeed.  Glad Santee Claus liked his ride.  Show us more!  Thanks for sharing.

Hi Steve. That is a great web site for these unique locomotives.:rah:
A thank-you for sharing.

I had read that some  of the early Climax locomotives were painted yellow with red lettering. The "Gold Bug" pictured on the website probably wore those colors. Too bad no color photography in the late 19th century.:w:

The "Bull o' Woods" barely does fit in the engine house. Hopefully its overall reliability will keep it out in the timber and not too many repairs.

More to come. Once I have the decoder set up right (lots of choices)  I will try to do a video to  hear the sounds this unique locomotive can make.

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It is cold and snowy outside. A great time to get in the engine house, fire up the stove and light the kerosene lamps and warm up. Time to shoot the bull and plan for a little work when a thaw sets in.


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Great interior photo!!!

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Reg H wrote: Great interior photo!!!

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Thanks Reg. I enjoyed poking a camera in the door of the EH to see what the good ole boys were doing. Looks like not much.:shocked:

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Bull O'Woods, the vertical boiler Class A Climax, is completed and awaiting decals and weathering. So it was back to making winter trees.



Years go I had read about making trees by securing the branch structures to the armatures using ACC glue and spraying on an "accelerator" which instantly sets the glue.I tried this technique and it worked pretty good. I used armatures and branch foliage from Super Trees. Spray paints ere used to color the branches and the trees then planted.



Small left over bits were added as low lying bushes devoid of leaves as the scene is wintertime.



Thanks for looking and following along.

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