Welcome to the legacy page of Middle Fork Climax No. 9. Here you’ll find timely information on the locomotive’s restoration. Shop crews with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Cass Scenic Railroad are in the process of completing the locomotive’s restoration. Information will be routinely updated below this introductory text as crews make significant milestones in restoring the locomotive to operation. We appreciate you visiting the page and we look forward to sharing these updates with you as the locomotive returns to steam in mid-2019.
February 2019: Shop personnel are in the process of assembling the final piping and putting together the various injector lines. Once these parts are re-assembled, crews will make some cosmetic adjustments and reassemble parts in the cab area before preparing for a boiler test in March 2019. The proposed boiler test will be one of the most significant parts of the Climax restoration as crews prepare to return the locomotive to operation in mid-2019.
The Middle Fork Climax restoration is a top priority at the Cass shop. The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad has been responsible for the locomotive’s rehabilitation since assuming operation of the Cass Scenic Railroad. The project was spearheaded by the non-profit Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association in 2002. Countless volunteer hours and donations over a more than decade-long period allowed the project to move forward. Now, DGVR is grateful for the opportunity to closeout the Climax project and looks forward to celebrating its return to steam with all railroad enthusiasts and preservationists. Please check back on this page often for regular updates.
Originally, the locomotive was built by the Climax Locomotive Works of Corry, Pa., in 1919 for the Moore-Keppel Co., a lumber company operation, in Ellamore, W.Va. The locomotive spent most of its revenue career serving the lumber mill until its closing in the mid-1940s. After the mill’s closure, the locomotive was sent to the Middle Fork Railroad where it served as a standby locomotive for the railroad’s coal operations. It was ultimately retired in 1960.
Be the first to photograph Middle Fork Climax No. 9 when it steams out of Cass during our 2019 Rail Heritage Weekend on Sept. 6-8, 2019. More information is available on the right panel of this webpage.