Pa. Group Raising Money To Bring Climax Back to Corry

A Pennsylvania group is trying to raise $75,000 to purchase a narrow-gauge Class A Climax locomotive and return it to the town where it was built.

The Corry Railroad and Industrial Leads Society wants to bring locomotive No. 313 back to Corry where it would be restored.

The locomotive, now in Alaska, is one of just two Class A Climax locomotives still in existence.

Built in 1910 for the Wild Goose Railroad, it operated during the Alaskan gold rush in the warmer months of the year but was abandoned on the Alaskan tundra in 1910.

A locomotive enthusiast retrieved the wood-framed locomotive in the 1950s.

It was disassembled and moved to Eagle River for restoration, but the owner died before that work was completed.

No. 313 was built with a wooden frame with a water tank at one end, the boiler and engine in the center and a fuel space at the other end.

A Class B Climax is on display in Corry, where Climax locomotives were built until 1928.

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