We continue the "age of steam" theme with this image of the Mt. Hood Railroad engine #1. It was a real work horse, carrying both freight and passengers to the upper reaches of the valley in an age when the roads were primitive at best. Even in its current nostalgic incarnation the Mt. Hood Railroad continues to haul freight to the upper valley when it's not busy hauling carloads of tourists to see the scenic beauty of our valley.
Classic, Arthur! Dee Mill area, looking southeast? Any idea who any of the gentlemen are? Two fellows on ground at right, maybe someone on top of last car? Looks like front of boxcar says MHRR, but what does it say on the near side front? Anyone know what happened to ol' No. 1? Or at least the bell?
spinsur on 16th October 2012 @ 7:37am
The box car says MHRR on both sides. The locomotive says Mt. Hood RR Co..
Arthur on 16th October 2012 @ 8:31am
I agree that it looks much like the Dee Mill area. Are those two rods sticking out on either side of the locomotive an early cow catcher or snow plow?
charlott on 16th October 2012 @ 11:41am
Maybe the rods in front are for pushing rocks off the tracks?
Why is the stack on the front of the engine so big around?
l.e. on 18th October 2012 @ 8:46am
My guess is the stack size is related to its function as a spark arrestor. Is the size/shape related to the fuel being burned?
Arthur on 18th October 2012 @ 10:14am
First mention of the railroad in the Hood River Glacier.
Jeffrey Bryant on 17th August 2014 @ 1:56pm
The Hood River Glacier, April 6, 1911
Mt. Hood Railroad
Will Burn Oil
Mt. Hood Railroad locomotive No. 1 is now at the Willamette Iron & Steel works in Portland, where it is being converted into an oil burner. If the fuel oil, the furnishing of which the Standard Oil Co. has the contract, proves to be efficient and furnishes the increase in power, hoped for, all of the locomotives of the company as well as those of the Oregon Lumber Co. may be changed to oil burners.
It has recently been reported that the railway company would institute a passenger service of two trips per day between here and Parkdale. The management was not able to verify this. However, it was admitted that a change in the present schedule would be made during this month.
Jeffrey Bryant on 16th December 2015 @ 3:25am
I'll add a note that the original print is labeled "Hood River Special."
ArthurB on 26th September 2019 @ 3:29pm