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Date: 11/04/19 02:30
Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: LoggerHogger

No matter what the manufacturer, the formal builder's photo taken by each looked pretty much the same.  The goal for each builder's photographer was to capture on film the new locomotive in good light with no distractions in the background so that just the locomotive was seen by the viewer.  Here we have an exception to this rule.

In December, 1923 when the Willamette Iron & Steel Works of Portland, Oregon turned out the 12th Willamette geared locomotive from their plant in downtown Portland, they called up the company photographer to record this latest locomotive.  Even as the photographer was setting up his camera for the builders photo of White River Lumber Co. #2, the WI&SW shop workers were still making their final checks of the 70-3 class Willamette.  We see here, that one of them was even captured in the official builder's photo for #2.

Was this done by accident, or was it the intent of the company to show buyers just how through Willamette was when they built a locomotive for a customer?  We may never know, but it makes for an interesting and very unique builder's photo.

Martin



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/04/19 02:50 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 11/04/19 06:53
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: sixbit

Martin:

Nice photo, and thanks for posting.

Since she's headed for a lumber company, this is probably the best she ever looked. From here on it was soot, dust, rain, snow maybe a vist to the ties now and then and...

John



Date: 11/04/19 07:00
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: LoggerHogger

John,

Actually, White River Lumber Co. did a good job of keeping #2 looking good throughout her logging career.

Martin




Date: 11/04/19 07:40
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: sixbit

Martin:

She looks pretty gritty in that photo! I'd say compared to the condition of the motive powere for some of the more maintenance oriented loogging roads locos she isn't up to snuff.

Anyway, she looked good at the factory.

John



Date: 11/04/19 08:27
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: up833

The man in the photo would have had to stand motionless while the film exposed. He might not have been in the plan but the photographer certainly accepted the fact.
RB



Date: 11/04/19 09:44
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: radar

Perhaps to illustrate the size of the machine?



Date: 11/04/19 11:02
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: wingomann

I wonder why this loco didn't get the Willamette plates on the bunker like the other ones have.  I thought that was standard on Willamette locomotives.



Date: 11/04/19 11:20
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: LoggerHogger

wingomann Wrote:
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> I wonder why this loco didn't get the Willamette
> plates on the bunker like the other ones have.  I
> thought that was standard on Willamette
> locomotives.

The porcelien enamel Willamette plates were only put on the later Willamettes.  #2 here was the 12th Willamette built and that was before they started putting on the blue & white plates on the tender.

By the time C/N 26 shown here was built, the enamel plates were being installed.

Martin



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/04/19 11:24 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 11/05/19 03:15
Re: Not Many Steam Locomotive Builder's Photos Captured This!
Author: LoggerHogger

Joel,

These are in fact, both superheated locomotives.

Martin



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/05/19 03:15 by LoggerHogger.



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