This fine image was shared by a reader. Her family has roots in Hood River and Grays River, WA. This one is from Grays River, but it's such a classic view of the sort of logging railroads constructed all over this area in the past century that I couldn't resist sharing it with you.
The reader tells me family lore claimed this railroad ran right by her great-grandfather's house. In 2006 the current resident was digging a trench and found a piece of track.
What a work horse! I wonder if our railroad enthusiasts will be able to identify the engine.
I love the milk and cream cans.
L.E. on 24th April 2017 @ 7:43am
Isn't that engine a shay?
spinsur on 24th April 2017 @ 7:50am
The Grays River area is made up of steep little hills, creeks, swamps, tidal water and lots of rain. Travel in that area is not easy. Most travel was done by boat. I suspect these railroad tracks gave foot traffic a dry place to walk.
L.E. on 24th April 2017 @ 7:53am
By giving adjacent sections of land to private entrepreneurs who built railroads throughout the west, the federal government was able to subsidize the "settling" of the west without spending money. Hence the buildup of homes and towns alongside the tracks when the railroads sold their lands off to private individuals. This practice was a real boon to the timber barons from the upper midwest-great lakes region-who logged the lands and then sold parts of their holdings to others.
Buzz on 24th April 2017 @ 7:54am
As the recent tragic deaths on Vancouver Island remind us, logging and logging railroading is/was a very dangerous lively hood. love the two milk cans! great picture....at least these log cars have the possibility of having air brakes versus the disconnected trucks that were also widely used.
Arlen Sheldrake on 24th April 2017 @ 9:05am
A Lima Shay once reached 18 MPH in a test but normally they operated at a maximum of 10 MPH. They had great power and traction due to all it's weight being on powered wheels, this class C being a three truck locomotive.
The only #9 I knew of was West Side Lumber Co #9 that went to the Midwest Central in 1966 and now operates on the Georgetown Loop RR as of 2012.
Kenn on 24th April 2017 @ 4:44pm
Proobably has air brakes as the engine has automatic coupler rather than the link and pin.. The 9 would be the road number given by any owner with that many engines rather than the builder number.
Kenn on 25th April 2017 @ 4:08pm
Kenn rambles on, fascinated by this great photo. The fact the right of way is fenced should put it far from the woods, and the track appears to be dead end with no dump or mill ?
Kenn on 25th April 2017 @ 4:58pm