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Date: 09/12/21 00:31
Roots of Motive Power
Author: wpamtk

The Roots of Motive Power museum in Willits, CA preserves many artifacts of the logging, lumbering and related industries, including a lot of rail equipment. The weekend following Labor Day is their biggest event of the year. It was my first visit in five years, and the 300-mile round trip drive was definitely worthwhile.
1. Bluestone Mining & Smelting #1 pulls the passenger train up to the boarding area near the entrance.
2. A roster shot of the 2-truck Heisler.
3. Putting on a show, running on the loop of track that circles the property.
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Date: 09/12/21 00:44
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: wpamtk

4. Also under steam was Port of Olympia 2-6-2T #2 (formerly lettered Mason County Logging Co. 7).
5. Number 2 prepares to run with a demonstration freight train.
6. Video: Although they advertised that a doubleheader would be run, this wasn't quite what I expected.



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Date: 09/12/21 06:37
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: RailRyder

Great post! Thanks!



Date: 09/12/21 08:42
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: wp1801

Interesting train!



Date: 09/12/21 08:50
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: TCnR

Good stuff, the NWP caboose looks great.
That's not a real big loop, almost thought the Olympia locomotive was going to catch up.
t4p,



Date: 09/12/21 11:35
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: DRGWMark

Is that Heisler the (now former, if it is) Curtiss Lumber Co. #2?



Date: 09/12/21 11:53
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: Evan_Werkema

DRGWMark Wrote:

> Is that Heisler the (now former, if it is) Curtiss Lumber Co. #2?

Not according to the ownership information on Steamlocomotive.info:

https://www.steamlocomotive.info/nlocoowner.cfm?which=1454

Curtiss Lumber #2's last known whereabouts was the Oregon Coast Scenic in Garibaldi, OR:

https://www.steamlocomotive.info/nlocoowner.cfm?which=1247
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?10,3829563,3829570#3829570



Date: 09/12/21 18:42
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: flash34

DRGWMark Wrote:
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> Is that Heisler the (now former, if it is) Curtiss
> Lumber Co. #2?

No Mark, not the same engine, although similar.

Scott Gordon



Date: 09/13/21 06:32
Re: Roots of Motive Power
Author: randgust

Heisler is a personal favorite as it's the same 47-ton 'model' as the one on my father's operation on Wheeler & Dusenbury, Endeavor PA until the operation closed in 1938.

This one ended up getting cut up for scrap in a salvage yard in Poughkeepsie NY in 1940.  CN# was 1378.

http://www.randgust.com/wd7.jpg

When I first saw it up in Blue Lake back in 2000 I thought I'd seen a ghost, so watching it running gives me joy.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/21 06:34 by randgust.



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