Monday, November 26, 2007

Static Display #2: Rayonier #10

Forks, Washington, June 16, 1961. On a family tour of the Olympic Peninsula, we stumbled across, in a wonderfully open display, Rayonier #10, a three-truck Shay, without an ugly chain link fence enclosure!

At the time, I didn't know diddly about the Shay and it's place in American Logging History. It wasn't until 25 years latter when my ex and I spent our honeymoon at Cass, West Virginia, did I come to learn about these magnificent machines.

All kinds of accolades have been bestowed upon Ephraim Shay and his magnificent machine. I have bestowed "Singer sewing machine" as my adoration for these machines. And I began collecting HO brass of the three major players in the geared logging locomotive scene. The Heisler and Climax were also remarkable machines, but the Shay is my favorite. As I watch my videos taken in Cass, I am still hypnotized by these "sidewinders!"

Rayonier ran extensive logging operations on the Olympic Peninsula for many years, terminating it's rail operations in the '60's. I would encourage you to visit Andrew Craig Magnuson's very informative web site to learn about Rayonier's logging operations, including details maps, and what happened to this locomotive since I saw her in 1961!

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Paul Curtiss said...

Lima Locomotive Works, Inc #3348 was built on April 28, 1930, as an oil burner, standard gauge, three truck, Class 3-PC-13 locomotive. Records show the first owner as Seattle dealer Hofius Steel and Equipment Company. The first known user was the Ozette Timber Company of Lake Ozette, Grays Harbor County, Washington, as their #10. On April 12, 1945, they were merged into the Rayonier, Incorporated of Sekiu, Clallam County, Washington, as their second #10. In 1959, she was donated to the City of Forks, Forks, Clallam County, Washington. Disposition - See SLc Survivor List.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thank you very much Paul for helping fill in the blanks. Your comment is very appreciated! -Robert

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