This one's left over from last week. I really wanted to include it in the "age of steam" week but I suspect this early Mt. Hood Railroad passenger car was powered by gasoline. The radiator looks like it as borrowed from an automobile.
This Deitz image also shows the Mt. Hood Railroad Station and the grand Mt. Hood Hotel with its landmark cupola. This image comes with the following caption:
Early Mount Hood Railway transportation from Hood River to Parkdale. Small freight car attached to passenger car, steel wheels on front, hard rubber wheels on back. You could hear it coming 1/2 hour before it got there. Passengers would stand on the platform and wave a white handkerchief if they wanted the train to stop. Transporting freight was the chief job of the Mount Hood Railroad.
The banner in the window promotes the railroad as "The Apple Belt Line."
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Very interestng. Just looks like a little toy train, Doesn't look sturdy enough to actually go chugging up along the Hood River on that upgrade to finally reach the flat. Seems I have seen a photo somewhere of this particular "little toot" at the end of the line in Parkdale.
Does anyone know the fate of this little engine "that apparently could?"
charlott on 23rd October 2012 @ 7:10am
If it wasn't for the cow catcher and the head lamps, I wouldn't even know it was an engine.
I wonder who built it and why you could hear it so far away.
Definitely has character.
l.e. on 23rd October 2012 @ 7:54am
looks like the whole thing is built on a truck chassis.
AndrewB on 24th October 2012 @ 10:57am
We have several pictures from the 1950s of what looks like a graveyard of old MHRR locomotives and equipment. There are parts of a similar but not identical car. Anyone know where this MHRR graveyard was located?
Arthur on 24th October 2012 @ 12:55pm
I take that back, I think it is the same car, but the passenger compartment has been slid back so the engine is exposed at the front. I'll need to post it another day.
Arthur on 24th October 2012 @ 1:03pm
I believe the MHRR "graveyard" was located near where the new locomotive/rail car maintainance facility was built....vague memories of climbing on some dead line locomotives in that area in the late 1940s, early 1950s..
Arlen Sheldrake on 25th October 2012 @ 11:28pm
Is this the Galloping Goose that my Grandma talked about
Albert on 19th February 2015 @ 8:59pm