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Donkey, Washington Iron Works Estep Diesel Yarder

From the Roots of Motive Power Newsletter, August 2004

The dark smudges lingering on the ceiling of the Roots Restoration Facility just above the stacks of our Washington Iron Works Estep Yarder bear evidence that Vrain Conley and crew (Percy Daniels, Keith Rongey, Mike Wade, Ed Vikart,

Rail Track Layer, Clyde Iron Works

The weekend of November 8-9, 2003 saw the arrival of the Clyde Track Layer #134, built in November 1923 by Clyde Iron Works of Duluth, Minnesota.

Rail Tamper / Liner, Jackson Model 2400

With the decision by the Roots Board of Directors to purchase the Jackson Tamper/Liner from Larry Adams, Roots members John Bradley, Mike Wade and Jim Bruggere ventured to Barstow, California, on October 18th, 2003, to load and bring to Willits the Tamper and related track maintenance equipment.

Rail Car: Whitefish Lake Ranch Car

While checking out the derelict passenger cars parked on the scrap lines of the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad yard, Roots of Motive Power members were thrilled to discover, nestled among the vandalized and neglected cars, Ranch Car #1245.

Rail Disconnect Trucks, Mendocino Lumber

Mendocino Lumber Company operated less than ten miles of railroad in the Little North Fork region of Big River before dumping the logs in the river at the boom, about 3 miles upriver from the sawmill.

Rail Motor Car, Fairmont M-9

As the industrial age progressed, people utilized the new-found mechanical marvels to make their work easier.

Rail Motor Car, Gibson, PALCO #3

Harry Gibson founded the Gibson Manufacturing Company in Seattle, Washington in 1933. Besides building railroad equipment, Gibson Manufacturing also built small agricultural tractors, rebuilt locomotives and logging equipment, and did general machine work.

Rail Motor Car, Fairmont A3-C

Railroad track maintenance requires the ability to get forces out to the work, and for 80 years that has been by rail motor cars.

Rail Flatcar, U.S. Army

On May 29, 2008, Roots of Motive Power received three United States Army 40-foot flat cars. They were surplus equipment which had been donated by the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. The cars arrived in relatively good condition, and were ready for immediate service.

Rail Flatcar, California Western Railroad #370

A picnic in the redwoods was always a popular event for employees of Union Lumber Company. The California Western Railroad converted some of their oldest wooden flatcars to open riding cars to haul the partygoers out to the woods along the Noyo River or up the logging branch to the Ten Mile River.

Rail Flatcar, Pacific Lumber Company #575

In 1992, the Pacific Lumber Company of Scotia, California ceased operations on their railroad which had been in operation for over 100 years.

Rail Fire Car, Simpson Timber Company

Fire prevention was always a concern in the heavily wooded timberlands of Simpson Timber Company's Pacific Northwest operations out of Shelton, Washington. Simpson built four “Fire Fighting Cars” in their shops which were pulled behind their diesel locomotives.

Rail Shovel, Burro Model 40

On October 31, 1972, the Federal Sign and Signal Corporation shipped Burro #40-324 (construction #127005) to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company.

Rail Log Skeleton Car, Pacific Car and Foundry

The announcement by Simpson Timber Company that they were pulling up their logging railroad from the Matlock Dry Sort Yard to the Frank Breymeyer Reload west of Shelton, Washington, was sad news indeed. It marked the end of an era for one of the unique railroad operations in North America.

Rail Car, 16-Wheel Donkey-Mover

The announcement by Simpson Timber Company that they were pulling up their logging railroad from the Matlock Dry Sort Yard to the Frank Breymeyer Reload west of Shelton, Washington, was sad news indeed. It marked the end of an era for one of the unique railroad operations in North America.

Rail Boxcar, California Western Railroad #462

In 1912 the California Western Railroad had a total of 199 cars in freight service, the vast majority being flatcars used for hauling logs and lumber. Of that total, the Railroad owned three wooden boxcars, built in 1912, and then rebuilt in 1923.

Rail Ballast Spreader, Pacific Car and Foundry

The announcement by Simpson Timber Company that they were pulling up their logging railroad from the Matlock Dry Sort Yard to the Frank Breymeyer Reload west of Shelton, Washington, was sad news indeed. It marked the end of an era for one of the unique railroad operations in North America.

Rail Ballast Car, Simpson Timber Company #6

With the prospect looming of having to spread ballast by hand on the planned 3/4 mile loop track, Chris Baldo approached Simpson Timber Company in Shelton, Washington in an effort to acquire one of their historically accurate and very functional ballast cars.

Rail Caboose, California Western Railroad #4

The exact history of caboose #04 is in question, as is the case of all CWR wooden cabooses. While it is very likely that #04 was one of a series built at Fort Bragg in the teens and 1920s, there is at this time no confirmation that this is the case.

Rail Caboose, Northwestern Pacific Railroad #13

On Tuesday October 11, 2003, late in the day, NWP Caboose #13 crossed the tracks on East Commercial Street in Willits for the first time in over 30 years.

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