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Climax #399 Nome Arctic Ry.   #399


This is another Alaskan Class A, #399, built for the Nome Arctic Ry. in 1903.  The Climax locos operating near Nome did not have stiff grades to conquer, and were built with gear ratios that allowed them to scoot fairly quickly over the tundra.  Considering their flexibility, lightweight, and speed, it is difficult to imagine a better locomotive design to operate over a tundra railroad subject to frost upheaval every spring, and soft ground all summer.