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Steam Driven Winch ?
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 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2019 08:37 am
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Looks like a steam driven winch at one end,
a boiler at the other end.

But the trucks don't look like power trucks.

So did the vehicle pull itself along by cables,
or chain driven from the steam engine.

Or is it a portable winch for logging?







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Is it gear driven? 

Looks like a drive gear behind the steam cylinder. 

Just a guess.




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Enlarging the photo,

there is a chain drive running from the geared wheel to a secondary shaft under the frame,

which in turn would drive a least one of the axle's.

Hard to confirm if there was another chain drive to the front axle though.




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Oh wow, that is a neat photo!


Littlerock is just down the road from where I live.

Sadly there used to be NP and Milwaukee Road going through there, and a few logging lines,
and there's not an inch of track in the town now.




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Love the design of the trucks,

no springs, just an 8x8”!




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Found this in a recent search. 
Appears to be similar but different. 

It says "cable locomotive",
but I don't know if that means it pulled itself along the tracks by cable,
or just used a cable to drag the logs. 

Looks like a large pulley on the far rear side.

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Howdy Tom, that was called a "Grip wheel" locomotive.
It did indeed pull itself along by gripping the cable and heave-ho.
These lokies were detailed in the book Railroads in the Woods by Goe & Labbe.

Woodie




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