Photo Gallery: Moving the Baldwin Diesel-Electric CWR #53 October 11, 2005
In recent years acquisitions for the Roots Collection have emphasized the transition era from steam to diesel power. Such was the case on October 11, 2005, with the arrival at the Roots facility of two early generation diesel-electric locomotives - the 1949 Baldwin Locomotive Works (California Western Railroad #53) and the 1953 American Locomotive Company (Simpson #600). Both of these locomotives had direct ties to the timber industry.
With a 13-axle low-bed truck and two cranes in Willits from the move of the Simpson #600 the day before, Roots volunteers used the same combination of equipment to move CWR #53 to the Roots facility. The Baldwin Locomotive Works diesel had been in the Roots collection for many years, but had been stored off-site awaiting the rather difficult move. The engine was moved in similar fashion to the #600; the car body placed on the low-bed, and the two wheel sets placed on a flatbed truck for the 1/2 mile journey from the Northwestern Pacific (NWP) rail yard to the Roots facility. CWR #53 is a Model DS 4-4-1000, Construction Number 74193, built in 1949. Roots would like to thank Metal Fx for the use of their rail spur, Bill Daniel for supplying the two cranes used in the move, and The California Western Railroad for moving the locomotive from Sage Spur to the Metal FX facility.
...from the Roots of Motive Power Newsletter, December 2005 (Vol. 23, No. 3)
All photos © Wes Brubacher