Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Return to Samoa

Hammond Lumber #15, Samoa California, September 1966. My late Dad worked for Foss Tug & Barge (now Foss Maritime) and for a while worked on a rig hauling lumber barges from Humboldt Bay to Hawaii.

Wandering around the Georgia Pacific lumberyard, he found this beautiful 2-8-2, parked in limbo. She was fired up occasionally to relieve the diesel units.

Eureka and Samoa – both on Humboldt Bay, were thriving lumber towns with a rich history.

This view shows the “ghost” of the former Georgia Pacific round house in Samoa.

From what I understand, Hammond Lumber #16 is down at the
Chelatchie Prairie tourist railroad north of Vancouver Washington. She was originally built for the Crossett-Western as number, 10, which it had when it first began hauling logs in 1929 out of Wauna, Oregon.

Railroad Stuff: Hammond Lumber Company #15, 2-8-2 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1916, boiler number 43563 for Mason County Logging #15 at Bordeaux, Washington, thence to Humbird Lumber Co. No.4, the locomotive was purchased by Hammond Lumber Co. December 7th 1941 and renumbered No. 15.

Hammond Lumber Company #16, 2-8-2T built by American Locomotive Company, delivered in March of 1929, it had a long lumbering history, spending fourteen years in Oregon with the Crossett Western Company. Now a static display in Shelton, Washington.

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