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Rail Car, 16-Wheel Donkey-Mover

Year Built:
Type of Equipment:
Rail Car
Flat Car
Rail Trucks
Pacific Car and Foundry
Manufacturer Location:
Renton, WA
In Service:
Simpson Timber Company
Roots of Motive Power
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

Additional Information

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