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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 Motor Car, Fairmont M-9

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

Mine Train Engine and Ore Cars

The State of California Department of Geothermal Resources has donated a mine train engine and several ore cars to Roots of Motive Power. Thanks to Roots member, Vrain Conley, for arranging for this donation.

Lumber Stacker, Helke

Before the arrival of the forklift at North Coast sawmills the process of drying redwood and pine lumber involved lots of hand labor, placing lumber on stickers to air dry in square stacks up to 20 feet in height.

Logging Arch, Hyster Rubber Wheeled

Dan and Tracy Vincent of Willits recently donated a Hyster rubber tired logging arch to the Roots collection. Our first Hyster arch joins several other Pacific Car and Foundry (CARCO) arches in the collection.

Logging Arch, Weed Lumber Co

Further research needs to be done on this artifact.

Logging Arch, Big River Wheels

Mendocino Lumber Company, at the mouth of the Big River, had a reputation for its willingness to try new technology, such as using early track-type Holt 75 tractors for skidding logs in the late teens or using International trucks to haul redwood logs in the late 1930s.

Locomotive: Plymouth 0-4-0, Gas

Wheel Arrangement: 0-4-0
Weight: 8-Ton
Length: 14 feet, 2 inches
Guage: Standard
Engine: Climax

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 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.

Union Lumber Company Logging Camp Cabin

When Union Lumber Company pulled up their Ten Mile logging branch railroad in 1949, it also put an end to the logging camp life that was an important part of the logger's mystique.

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.

Baggage Cart, Southern Pacific Railroad

Baggage carts were one of the utilitarian devices used by almost all railroads to move goods and luggage around their depots. They received little more attention than the broom in the corner, but without them, the expediency of railroad freight service would have been severely compromised.

Baggage Cart, Northwestern Pacific Railroad

An original NWP baggage cart, used for many years in railroad service, has been acquired by Roots and is on display in the Engine House of the Mendocino County Museum.

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