Mantua 2-6-6-2 Articualted Logger

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by camelot, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. marc gast

    marc gast Member



    Thanks for the memory refresh!!!!!!!!

    I have a buddy of mine whom put together a Gilsonite train with the LGB Uintah and scratchbuilt cars.

  2. grlakeslogger

    grlakeslogger Member

    Re: Mantua 2-6-6-2...

  3. grlakeslogger

    grlakeslogger Member

    Oops!!! I forgot to say how much I liked the photos posted in this thread. Thanks for posting all !
  4. camelot

    camelot Member

    For everyone interested in the Mantua Cassic Logger and the Camelback , this is the reply that i got by email when enquiring about them through thier web site...

    The logger the middle of the year,the camelback maybe end of year. Thanks, Michael

    800-628-2803 (Phone)
    631-694-7133 (Fax)

    Unfortuantly for me i am hopeing that the spectrum HO Class B climax will be out about then and i have just got to get one of those But at the price they are advertsing it might just be too goog to resist:D


  5. grlakeslogger

    grlakeslogger Member

    Ian, I think a lot of us are rather eagerly awaiting the Climax.
  6. justind

    justind Member

    Uintah Railway

    I happened to grow up near Vernal, UT so I was somewhat fascinated by the Uintah Railway and love that Mantua actually offers a model of their 2-6-6-2T's, but haven't been able to afford one yet.
    The line was actually narrow guage with a constant 7.5% grade in some places that even Shays were struggling with the loads of Gilsonite, so the articulated was the answer to their power needs. The coal bunker was actually raised to the level of the roof and beveled out, and with the tanks on the boiler and plenty of room for boxes of heavy scrap metal on the front of the frame, they were some powerful, sure-footed beasts that could traverse some amazing radius. In fact the Uintah came up with the design themselves and it looked pretty funny on some of the crazy curves of that line.
    After the Uintah kicked up its heels the two 2-6-6-2T's were sold to the Sumpter Railway, and then to a railroad in South America. By then the tanks had been taken off the boiler and they were using a tender. This wasn't the best idea, as the lack of weight compromised the engines sure-footedness and they didn't perform as well anymore.

    I'm sure most of you probably already knew this, but it is fun to talk about (at least for me :D ) and the history is interesting of the line is interesting.
  7. grlakeslogger

    grlakeslogger Member

    For my part, it is always great to hear it from somebody like yourself, who saw it first hand. Around what year were the locos sold to the Sumpter?

    Oh, and thanks also, Justin, for the info about the boxes of scrap metal and the unusual shape of the coal bunkers. I'd never heard those two bits before. Anyway, neat locos!
  8. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    Hello Justin,

    Thanks a bunch for those details I really appreciate the insight. I have ordered the tank version as I prefer the looks of it over the tender version. I have been told that I can not expect a delivery before April, sigh.

    As a matter of fact I know nothing about this little beauty, but then I know little of North American traction in general and even less about the logging lines. I have to admit that I am running many steamers that are quite alien to my steam experience. England never had anything like the 4-4-0 AStd's, Climax's, Heislers or Shays that run on my rails. Of course it doesn't help that I do my research by looking at pictures until I see something that widens my eyes and drops my jaw.
  9. justind

    justind Member

    The loco's were sold to the Sumpter about 1939. I'm not sure how long they kept them after that.
  10. grlakeslogger

    grlakeslogger Member

    Thank you.
  11. marc gast

    marc gast Member


    There is a great article in one of the Narrow Gauge Gazette on these puppies. I forgot what year it was published, however, I believe it was within the past 4 years.

  12. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Originally posted by justind
    The loco's were sold to the Sumpter about 1939. I'm not sure how long they kept them after that.
    The Lucien Sprague articulateds, the largest ever used on American narrow gauge rails, came to the Sumpter Valley RY, in the spring of 1940. The 251 had her tanks removed right away, the 250 kept hers until that winter. They were sold to the International Railways of Central America, in July 1947. They were out of service by the mid sixties, ending their days at Escuintla,
    May/June, July/August, Sept./Oct 1999,Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette.......may/june-Uintah,
    july/aug-SVRY, Sep./oct. IRCA.
    Mallory Hope Ferrell's book, Rails Sagebrush and Pines, is one of the very few references on the Sumpter Valley Railway.
  13. oleirish

    oleirish Member

    I like those models,so if I only use one double air pump on my logger its close to right,now what do you recomend for an replacement boiler,the tender I can scratch build,I've throught about an old mantua 2-8-2 cast boiler,It will probley need a lot of granding to fit but I think it can be done.anyway great work on all the loggers on here gives me lots of ideas for sure.Here is proto type [​IMG]

    my logger[​IMG]not a real good picture
  14. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member




    Having way too much fun with mine.
  15. oleirish

    oleirish Member

    :D :) Cool.I'am trying to explane to my wife why I need an new one for XMAS:rolleyes: :thumb:

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