A few pictures of the Roaring
Camp Railroad which is located just outside Santa Cruz,
Designed to take logging trains up steep inclines and tight
corners, the Shay type loco is a bogied loco with vertical
cylinders and horizontal drive.
The resulting low gear drive allows this loco to pull its
regular service up a 9.5% incline without a rack.
The Roaring Camp Railroad was set up in the late 60's as a
tourist line using original logging train equipment and if you
are ever in the area, well worth a visit. A very well presented
set up with a very interesting line weaving its way through the
huge coastal cedar trees.
Although not clear in
this picture, the boiler is off centre to allow for the
3 vertical cylinders
pictures of the bogie drive. A universal drive transfers
the drive from the cylinders crank to bothe bogies. The
drive and cyliders are all on one side.
Due to the relatively high humidity, steam from the engine
never really cleared away to get a good overall shot of the