MALLETS IN THE TALL TIMBER
Dedicated to the history of the Baldwin Logging Mallets
Other Projects:Export Mallets
Copyright (C) 2000-2009 Jon Davis. Contents may not be used without permission.
Articulated steam locomotives. To
most North American rail fans, those words bring to mind massive machines like Union
Pacific's Big Boys, or the Y6s of the Norfolk & Western.
However, another interesting aspect of the history of articulated
locomotives in America are the Baldwin Logging Mallets, of which forty-four
were built between 1909 and 1937.
in a variety of types and sizes, with tanks or tenders, these locomotives saw
service mainly in the Pacific Northwest with a few exceptions.
Built to be more powerful than smaller rod locomotives like Baldwin's
logging Mikados, yet faster than the Shays, Climaxes, and Heislers more common
to logging service, logging Mallets gained acceptance on many Northwest
logging railroads. Smaller
companies would sometimes buy one or two, while the timber giants Rayonier and
Weyerhaeuser owned small fleets of Baldwin's little 2-6-6-2s.
Logging Mallets also outlasted their mainline counterparts, lasting in
active logging service in some cases into the 1960s, with three remaining in
service at Rayonier until 1967.
of these interesting locomotives survived the scrapper's torch, and today they
reside in the hands of museums, tourist railways, or private owners.
Five logging Mallets have operated since the end of steam powered
logging railroads, hauling tourists rather than timber.
Today, one is operational, and at least
two more are slated for a return to steam in the near future.
site is intended to be a source of information on these locomotives, and
hopefully the history of each logging Mallet will be documented here.
Additional information and photographs are always welcome.
Additional information? Send e-mail to Jon Davis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
News and Updates
Site updates, and general news regarding Logging Mallets
The Logging Mallet Roster
The main list with links to information on each Logging Mallet
The basic design concepts of a Mallet
Including information on the differences between compound Mallets and simple-articulateds.
Logging Mallet Models
A section with information on commercially released Logging Mallet models
Mallets on Video
An listing of commercially released videos that include Logging Mallets
Listing of individuals who have provided information and photos to the site
Listing of the various books and magazines where much of this information was obtained
Other assorted Logging Mallet information
Stuff that did not really fit elsewhere
Sites related to logging Mallets or railroads in general