Willits Area Links

Mendocino County Museum

Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation
tour the home and final resting place of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit

Skunk Train
scenic train rides from the Mendocino CA coast into Noyo River Canyon and redwood forest; depart from Ft. Bragg or Willits, home of Roots of Motive Power

Willits Chamber of Commerce 

Other Links

1880 Train
ride through the Black Hills of South Dakota behind a vintage steam engine – near Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse

BC Forest Discovery Center
train rides, logging camp, lookout tower, several steam locomotives

Camp 2
dedicated to historical logging activity, research and information on logging in the days of steam

Camp 6 Steam Logging Museum, Tacoma WA
reconstructed logging camp typical of those operated from the l880s to the 1940s

Climax Locomotives
history, records of specific locomotives, list of surviving locomotives & locations, drawings, photos

Collier Memorial SP, Chiloquin OR
museum of logging equipment, showing its evolution from the use of oxen and felling axes to modern diesel tractors and trucks

Dream Machine Show, Half Moon Bay CA
one day event at the Half Moon Bay airport, showcasing antique/restored cars and trucks, restored and vintage aircraft, small engines (hit and miss, one-lunger), competition tractor pull and a variety of equipment from the Roots collection

Fort Humboldt SHP, Eureka CA
collection of historic logging equipment including the Dolbeer type steam donkey called “Lucy,” the Bear Harbor Lumber Co. Gypsy Locomotive #1 and the Elk River Mill and Lumber Co. #1 “Falk” locomotive

Geared Steam Locomotive Works
details of little-known sub-group of steam locomotives with engines that used gears together with steam cylinders (common on all steam locomotives) to produce more “constant” pulling power than the conventional and more prevalent “rod” type of steam locomotive – includes Shays, Climaxes, and Heislers

Historical Construction Equipment Association
The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of all types of construction, surface mining and dredging equipment. Founded in 1986, we have 4,300 members worldwide. We operate the National Construction Equipment Museum and an extensive Archives of construction, surface mining and dredging equipment industry at our headquarters in Bowling Green, Ohio, and we hold an annual Convention featuring static and operating vintage equipment.

Historical Construction Equipment Association
Photos from local chapters

Locomotive Manufacturers
history of locomotive manufacturers worldwide

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
steam train excursions through the foothills of Mt. Rainier

New York, Ontario and Western Railroad
original owner of the Roots Arcata and Mad River Railroad (A&MRRR) #104, General Electric “44 Tonner”, Diesel Electric Locomotive

Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society
dedicated to preserving the rich and colorful heritage of Redwood Empire CA railroading through acquisition, preservation and display efforts as well as through gathering oral histories of people who have contributed to the regional history

Pacific County Historical Society and Museum
steam logging history in southwestern WA

Pacific Locomotive Association
Niles Canyon Railway

Rails USA
links to web sites related to logging and railroads

known surviving Shays

Steam Locomotive dot Com
source for information and history about railroads and railroading in the days of steam, steam railroading as it is today, tourist railroad and museum list

Timber Heritage Association
organization to create awareness and appreciation for the impact of timber, logging and railroads on the settlement and development of Humboldt County CA

Waikato Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club, New Zealand
fosters interest and engages in the preservation, restoration and maintenance of vintage tractors, engines and machinery

Two links to the Yosemite Valley Railroad
Yosemite Valley RR
Yosemite Valley Railroad
history of the railroad which ran from 1907 to 1945 between Merced, in California’s San Joaquin Valley, and El Portal on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park

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