Loader, Washington Iron Works TL-15 TrakLoader, Diesel

Loader, Washington Iron Works TL-15 TrakLoader, Diesel
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In 1959 Union Lumber Company (ULCO) purchased a second-hand TL-15. This was ULCO #430, Washington Iron Works (WIW) C/N 5140, built in June 1956. It was purchased from Griffy and Laird Logging Company of Port Orford, Oregon. ULCO #430 was destined to become part of the Roots of Motive Power collection. The machine had one of the WIW options on TL- 15s, a large Tommy Moore type sheave on the boom so machines used to both yard and load could pull the butt rigging through the sheave and load logs directly on a truck. This machine was the newest Trakloader and worked into the 1980s near Usal loading old growth under Georgia Pacific’s Skookum Tyee tower yarder called “Big Blue.” by Chris Baldo and Theron Brown From the Roots of Motive Power Newsletter, April 1999