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F or q uite a n umber o f y ears, p ersisLent r umors o f a d erelict s mall C limax l ocomotive o n V ancouver I sland, B ritish C olumbia, C anada, m ade t he r ounds. I t w as m ore t han j ust t he n ormal i dle r umor, h owever, f or a s t ime p assed s everal p eople c laimed t o h av e s een t he l ocomotive, i ncluding a n umber o f r ail way h istorians a nd g eneral r ail way e nthusiasts. S o i t m ust b e t here. L iving o n t he m ainland, v isits t o V ancouver I sland w ere n ot f requent, a nd u suall y l e f t l ittle t im e t o g o l ost-locomotive l ooking. H owever, i n 1 966, n early t en y ears a fter f irst h earing o f i t, t ogether w ith J im G ertz o f P ort A ngeles, we p ut t ogether a ll o f t he d ata k nown, l ocated m aps o f t he a rea, a nd s tarted p lotting. We k new a n a mazing a mount a t t his s tage, i ncluding s everal d escriptions o f how t o r each t he l ocomotive. A nd we e ven k new w hat i t w as! F rom d escriptions i t w as k nown t he l ocomotive wa s q uite s mall, a bout 2 5 t ons, a nd i t w as f airly e as y t o c heck a ll o f t he C limax l ocomotives t hat r an i n B .C. C limax 1 057, o f 1 910, a 2 3-tonner b uilt new a s S hawnigan L ake L ogging # 2, s old t o C hannel L ogging a s # 1 i n 1 923 a nd S ahtlam L ogging C o. i n 1 927, w as s ure t o b e i t. S ahtla m's c amp w as l ocated a t m ile 6 2 o n t he E squimalt a nd N anaimo's b ranch, r emarkably n ear w here t he l ost l ocomotive w as r eported t o h e. J im a nd I s pent t wo d ays, o n t wo s eparate o ccaSions, s earching, b ut c ame u p w ith n othing m ore t han s ore f eet. S everal a ttempts w ere m ade a t s pasmodic i ntervals t hereafter, a nd f inally o ne s pring d ay i n 1 969, w ith a s mall a rmy o f a bout n ine p eople, we m ade a nother a ssault. T his t ime t he g rade o f t he l ogging r ailway, w hich w as V irtually a ll b ut c ompletely o vergrown a nd n earl y i mpassable, w as f ound. T his i s t rue f orest a rea, g rowth i s q uick, b ut b y f ollowing b oth d irections o n t he g rade, a nd a t t he l ast m inute b efore g iving u p, t he l ocomotive w as f ound. R usty, o vergrown w ith m oss, a nd w ith t rees g rowing u p t hrough t he f rame, C limax 1 057 w as n o l onger a m ystery. Two m ore v isits w ere m ade i nto t he s ite o f t h e r emains, a nd e ach v isit i nvolved a w alk o f n early t hree m iles j ust t o r each t he a rea. D ue t o t he d ense f orestation, e ven i n b rilliant s unshine,Lhe l ocomotive w as i n d amp d arkness, c overed i n m oss a nd u ndergrowth. A ll p hotographs w ere t ime e xposures. A f airly t horough s earch o f t he i mmediate a rea u ncovered a f air q uantity o f p arts o ff o f t he l ocomotive i ndicating t hat t he d ismantling h ad t aken p lace o ver a p eriod o f y ears a nd b y p ersons who g ave u p o n t heir e fforts a fter t he p ieces p roved t o b e b ulky o r t oo h eavy t o h andle o ver t he t errain,Forty-one y ears a go t he l ocomotive w as n ot w orth s alvaging b ut t oday i t i s a d ifferent s tory. C limax 1 057 n o l onger s its a bandoned i n t he b ush, T oday i t o perates i n t own. - Doug E . C ummings c over: O ne o f m ore t han f ifty e xamples o f t he e lectric e ra p reserved a t t he O range E mpire T rolley Museum, e x-Pacific E lectric # 717 m eets e x-Los A ngeles R ailway 5 25 o n t he P erris s ite. A lso o n t he p roperty a re m ore t han t wenty p assenger a nd f reight c ars. - Dick S mith

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MARCH J97J VOLUME Jl N O.3
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