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2 48ton Climax2Tr 4'-8" Rutledge Lumber Company Marble Creek, ID
abandoned Climax 1909 cn #916

This logging locomotive was appearantly abandoned by the Rutledge Company. It is
in northern Idaho at Marble Creek. About all that is left is the cab and boiler.

The following photos were taken at its current site.

view of cab
part of an arch-bar truck
close-up of backhead
view of cab

Was owned by Rutledge Lumber, the people at the Logging Exhibit that is
connected to this believe it was wrecked coming down the incline railraod.

Getting to it, from Spokane Washington Take I-90 to Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Between
Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene is a rest stop. Pull in here and go into the
Visitor center. They have pamphlets for the Marble Creek logging exhibit there.
In Coeur d'Alene Take Highway 95 South, around lake Coeur d'Alene. At St. Maries
follow the signs for Avery. This should get you on FH 50, following the St. Joe
River. A few miles before Avery you will find the Marble Creek Logging
Interperative center. It will be on your right. If you did not find a map at the
rest area they will have them there. From here it is all dirt logging roads. Up
forest road #321 about ten miles, turn of on road #758. I believe it is marked.
At one point on #758 it forks, the correct fork has a sign about 50 yards down
the road with #758 on it. Wrong road does not. I think it was 11 miles on #758
to the Lines Creek Historical Trail. This is the sight of the Incline Railroad.
It is a 3 mile round trip hike. Do not get fooled as we did by the sign
directing you to the incline. We thought this meant the trail went this way and
hiked a half mile up the incline. Very steep hard hike. About a mile and a half
into the hike you come to the engine. It appears from its position (across a
small canyon and uphill from the incline) that it may have runaway and derailed.
If you do elect to hike up the incline you will find some remnants of archbar
trucks (wes ID'd these from my photos). Continuing your hike after the loco, you
will find trestles and remnants of donkey engines. Good luck.

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