Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills #8

Specifications: 

Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-6-2t

Tank or tender type: Rectangular side tanks

Build date: November 1924

Serial number: 58064

Driver diameter: 44 in.

Boiler pressure: 200 psi

Cylinder dimensions: 17 & 26x24 in

Grate area: 26 sq ft

Tractive effort:  38,000 lbs

Weight:  213,000 lbs

Fuel: 1,500 gal Oil

Water capacity: 2,500 gal

Service History:

1924-1945:  Bloedel Donovan #8.  Alger & Saxon Camp, WA.

1945-1964:  Rayonier Inc #8.  Sekiu, WA.

Disposition after logging service:

1964:  Sold to Peter J. Replinger and Byron Cole.  Stored (1964-1973) at Sekiu, WA.  Moved in 1973 to Shelton, WA.

Notes:

June 19, 1934: Involved in wreck on Saxon Bridge, no fatalities.

Unknown date Large water hatch to both tanks added between steam dome and sand dome.

Unknown date Large box added in front of steam dome.

Unknown date second generator added.

1964 and 1967 Northwest Short Line of Seattle, WA imported 600 HO scale brass models of Rayonier #8.

Summary:

    This side-tank logging Mallet left Baldwin in November 1924 as Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills #8.  With its sister engine #9, #8 worked the woods near Bellingham, Washington until Bloedel Donovan was purchased by Rayonier Inc. in 1945.  #8 was shipped to Rayonier's Clallam operation near Sekiu, Washington and by 1964 the 8-spot was the last active steam locomotive on the Clallam line.  Retired by Rayonier in 1964, the veteran of 40 years in the woods was saved from the torch by Peter J. Replinger and Byron Cole of Shelton, WA.  #8 was kept in storage at Sekiu until 1973 when it was taken by barge to Shelton, where the old Mallet remains in storage.  

Pictures:

Drawing: #8 as built

Drawing: #8 in 1960s Rayonier markings

Photo:  Rayonier #8 at Sekiu in 1963 - Martin E. Hansen Collection

Photo:  Rayonier #8 at Sekiu in 1963 - Martin E. Hansen Collection

Photo: Rayonier 8 under steam on Rayonier's Clallam branch - Jim Gertz photo, Russell Dunn collection

Photo:  Rayonier #8 being lifted onto a barge at Sekiu in 1973 - Warren W. Wing Collection

Photo: Rayonier 8 in storage at Shelton, 1997

Photo: Rayonier 8 at Shelton, 1997

 

-Back to main list