Rail Car, 16-Wheel Donkey-Mover

Rail Car, 16-Wheel Donkey-Mover
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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. Chris Baldo of Roots of Motive Power contacted the company and made arrangements for the purchase of three Simpson cars: (1) a Pacific Car and Foundry 8-wheel moving car that had been converted to a ballast spreader (2) a Pacific Car and Foundry 16-wheel moving car (3) a Pacific Car and Foundry log skeleton car All of the cars were delivered to the Roots facility in Willits CA in the summer of 2003. The most unique car is the 16-wheel moving car. by Chris Baldo and John Taubeneck from the Roots of Motive Power Newsletter, August 2003

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by John Taubeneck, Seattle, WA In 1926 Pacific Car and Foundry introduced the 16-wheel donkey-moving car. These cars had the same load rating (100 tons) as standard 8-wheel cars but were designed to prevent broken rails and bridges. Half of the car and its load was distributed over 16 feet of track, almost 3 times the length of the truck of a standard car. The rated capacity of these cars was based on their safe loading on 56 lb. rail and traveling at mainline speeds. There are photographs of these cars in use with 150+ ton loads.

Owner's List

Date of Mfr.OwnerLocation
03-29-30Coos Bay Lumber Co. #325Powers OR
04-11-27Crescent Logging Co. #3Port Angeles WA
10-00-35Crossett Western Co. #20Wauna OR
 Dolbeer & Carson Co.
(second hand?)
Eureka CA
10-08-29Markham & Callow #21Nehalem OR
09-11-26Merrill & Ring Lumber Co.
(1st built)
Pysht WA
 Oregon-American Lumber Co
(Purchased 2nd-hand 1937,scrapped 1957)
Vernonia OR
06-04-29The Pacific Lumber Co. #023Scotia CA
09-09-26Puget Sound Pulp & Timber Co. #4Clear Lake WA
06-00-27Simpson Log Co. #5Shelton WA
 Simpson Timber Co. #1001