Weyerhaeuser Timber Company #4

Specifications: 

Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-6-2

Tank or tender type: Rectangular tender

Build date: September 1934

Serial number: 61781  

Cost: $53,250

Driver diameter: 51 in.

Boiler pressure: 225 psi

Cylinder dimensions: 20 & 31x28 in

Grate area: 57 sq ft

Tractive effort:  60,000 lbs

Weight:  296,000 lbs

Fuel: 2,500 gal oil

Water capacity: 7,000 gal

Service History:

1934 -1952:  Weyerhaeuser Timber Co.  #4.  Klamath Falls, OR

1952 1955:  Sold to Sierra Railroad Co. #38.  Jamestown, CA.  $12,000

1955 1967: Rayonier Inc. #38.  Railroad Camp, WA.  Last ran February 19, 1967.

Disposition after logging service:

1969 1984: Display at Crane Creek, WA.  Sold in 1982 to Fred Kepner.

1984 October 2006: Stored dismantled east of mill.  McCloud, CA.  Tender moved to Merrill, OR in 2003.

October 2006 Present: Stored, Merrill, OR.

Notes:

-Ladder added to fireman's side of smokebox by Sierra Railroad.

-Rear headlight on tender placed on raised platform by Rayonier.

-1958 1975:  Pacific Fast Mail of Edmonds, WA imported several thousand HO scale brass models of this locomotive.  The model represents the locomotive as built for Weyerhaeuser.  Pacific Fast Mail #38 HO scale model

Summary:

    This logging Mallet was built in September 1934 as #4 for the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company's logging operations at Klamath Falls, Oregon.  After it was no longer needed at Klamath Falls #4 was sold in 1952 to the Sierra Railroad of Jamestown, California where it was renumbered to 38.  The locomotive gained some fame from its three-year stay at Jamestown as Pacific Fast Mail would import popular HO scale brass reproductions of Sierra #38 from the late 1950s into the 1970s.  #38 returned to logging service in 1955, this time in Washington State at Rayonier's Grays Harbor line.  #38 would pull the symbolic last steam powered log train on the line during Rayonier's End of an Era ceremonies in 1962.  However, #38 continued to operate at Rayonier until 1967 when it was retired.

    After retirement, #38 was placed on display at Rayonier's Crane Creek office where it remained until being sold to Fred Kepner in 1982.  Fred Kepner planned to restore #38 for use on the McCloud Railway as part of his Great Western Railway Museum, and #38 was dismantled and shipped to McCloud, CA in 1985.  However, the planned restoration never came to pass and #38 remained in stored in pieces east of the lumber mill in McCloud.

    Starting in early 1999, Fred Kepner began moving his various pieces of railway equipment to Merrill, Oregon.  Number 38's tender was moved to Merrill in 2003, the frame in September 2006, and the boiler in October 2006. 

Drawings:

Weyerhaeuser #4 as built

Rayonier #38 in 1959  

Photographs:

As Weyerhaeuser #4:

Weyerhaeuser #4 in transit to Sierra Railroad in 1952 - Martin E. Hansen Collection

As Sierra #38:

Sierra Railroad #38 at Cooperstown, CA in April 1955 - Martin E. Hansen Collection

Sierra #38 at Jamestown in 1955 - Warren W. Wing Collection

As Rayonier #38:

Rayonier #38 at Railroad Camp in 1956 - Warren W. Wing Collection

Rayonier #38 at Railroad Camp in 1962 - Warren W. Wing Collection

Rayonier #38 at Axford Prairie in March 1962 - Martin E. Hansen Collection

At McCloud, CA:

#38's tender at McCloud in June 1999.

#38's boiler at McCloud in June 1999.

#38's frame at McCloud in June 1999.

 

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