Scramble to save Trains...Timber Heritage Assoc.

John Barnhill Nov 23, 2006

  1. John Barnhill

    John Barnhill TrainBoard Member

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    Finally got my other roll of film developed so I can show you the Bear Harbor loco. She seemed to be in the worst condition of all.
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Oops! I see a red "X".

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  3. John Barnhill

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    Ok, all fixed. I forgot when I put it on my roster I had #1 & #2 mixed. Renamed it but forgot to edit here. :D By the way, this is 2-4-2T #2.
     
  4. BoxcabE50

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    :eek:mg: I hope they have those missing parts and pieces stashed somewhere?

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  5. bitman

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    That fence was put up by the new owner of the balloon track. He is building a big lifestyle center there with lots of stores and chain restaurants and a Home Depot. The UP stuff will be lost.
     

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  6. John Barnhill

    John Barnhill TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard Bitman!

    Thanks for the post! :D Cool shot. :D
     
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Bitman-

    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    Do you know- How recent is that aerial photo? Or is it from an earth viewing program?

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  8. bitman

    bitman TrainBoard Member

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    That photo is from the late 40' early 50's. There is a wonderful collection of these photos at the HSU library. You can see them here:

    http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/photosearch.php

    Search for Shuster (the photographer) and rail or balloon track. There are hundreds of photos and not great descriptions so you have to hunt a bit to find what you want.
     
  9. John Barnhill

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    Cool! That'll be fun for the NWP fans to scour through. By the way, I try and keep us all up on NWP news in the "Class III Shortline" forum. Check it out. :D
     
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    Thanks for posting the pictures...

    The THA has done some work on those locomotives in the last seven years. That mikado did not have a smokebox front on it the entire time I lived there. It is good to see that!

    Jeff Moore
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  13. John Barnhill

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    New article...

    ARCATA SELLS HISTORIC LOCOMOTIVE TO TIMBER HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

    Photo here:

    [www.eurekareporter.com]

    Caption reads: The Timber Heritage Association added this historic locomotive to its collection after purchasing it for $1 from the city of Arcata. (File photo)

    ARCATA, CA -- The Timber Heritage Association will officially add another historic locomotive to its collection, for the bargain price of just $1.

    Last week, the Arcata City Council responded to a request for assistance from the volunteer-run THA by authorizing city staff to draw up an agreement for the sale of the city’s Shay No. 7 locomotive for $1.

    With the transfer of ownership, the THA will assume responsibility for the locomotive’s relocation from its current home in the THA’s Glendale storage yard to the historic Hammond Roundhouse in Samoa.

    At the end of last year, the Glendale property was sold, leaving the THA without a home for its timber artifacts and steam locomotives. It negotiated a short-term lease with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District for the Samoa roundhouse, but the relocation process has been a lengthy one, and the Glendale property owner is getting “anxious,” THA President Marcus Brown told the City Council last Wednesday.

    The five steam locomotives, including the Shay No. 7, are the last items to move, he added, because they’re physically the most difficult -- and consequently the most costly, carrying an estimated price tag in the neighborhood of $30,000.

    On Monday, THA board member Gerry Tomczak said local construction firm Mercer-Fraser Co. agreed to arrange and complete the move, probably within the next several weeks.

    “We have had significant community support for all of our projects,” he said. Mercer-Fraser was also involved in the original construction of the railroad, he noted, making its involvement in this stage of its history that much more meaningful.

    The Shay No. 7 locomotive, a 50-ton steam engine built in 1918, was purchased by the Arcata and Mad River Railroad in the early 1940s to haul logs and lumber out of Korbel and on the 10-mile Northern Redwood Lumber Co. railroad.

    A little more than a decade later, the Simpson Timber Co. donated the Shay No. 7 to the city of Arcata, which has since then retained ownership of the engine — except for its three-year stint as a tourist train in the early 1970s. The locomotive was displayed in a city park before it was housed in a storage building (which subsequently burned down) and finally lodged in its current resting place.

    The THA has taken responsibility for painting the locomotive and “keeping the rust at bay,” Tomczak said, but full operational restoration of the engine could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    The group would like to work toward its restoration, he added, as well as toward the creation of a public museum and even a tourist train around Humboldt Bay. To that end, it hopes to negotiate a long-term arrangement with the Harbor District.

    “What we like about Samoa is the synergy of being with the Cookhouse and the Maritime Museum,” he said.

    The sheer number of local items in the THA collection make it unique, Brown told the council; other communities often purchase artifacts and engines from outside of the area.

    But here, he said, “It’s all our local history.”

    The council -- with the exception of Councilmember Alex Stillman, who abstained because of her involvement in the THA Advisory Council -- unanimously agreed the project was a worthy one.

    “We think that the number 7 Shay locomotive is a significant portion of our history and we definitely want to preserve that,” Tomczak said. - Rebecca S. Bender, The Eureka Reporter
     
  14. watash

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    John, Quick, get in touch with the History Channel and ask if they would make a "Mega Moves" video segment covering this move, to show on TV as they have on other engines!

    Pentrex may be another source!

    Whoever has the time, can also sell his own video to go in this show.

    That would also provide some additional 'advertising' expansion see? :D
     
  15. BoxcabE50

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    That's an interesting idea. A tv show would help bring some interest. Maybe some money.

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  16. John Barnhill

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    ROUNDHOUSE RESTORED TO HOLD HISTORIC SHAY LOCOMOTIVE

    SAMOA, CA – Facing tons of additional responsibilities, if the Timber Heritage Association felt like it was getting stuck moving for a friend, the City of Arcata just lightened the load, at least financially. Arcata sold its 1918 Annie & Mary Railroad Shay No. 7 to THA last week for the grand total of one buck.

    The historic logging railroad organization has been housing the 50-ton piece of Arcata history at their former Glendale property for years. Now faced with the mammoth undertaking of moving five remaining engines to the new Samoa Roundhouse home, THA can at least be assured that everything it’s moving is THA property.

    Inside the Roundhouse, volunteers have been busying themselves, preparing the 1886 locomotive station for the return of its engines. While the bomb-proof redwood beam building, representing the best of Industrial Age construction, remains in solid condition, its roof has borne the brunt of onshore ocean winds for decades. THA member Bob Felter has been coordinating a rebuild that will keep Humboldt history out of the weather for good.

    Four steam locomotives and the Murphy’s Diesel remain in Glendale. Most of THA’s other equipment has been transferred to Samoa including the North West Pacific caboose. Working in concert, heavy-equipment experts Mercer-Fraser Co. and John Pittman Trucking have been gearing up for the heavy lifting of the 90-ton engines in Glendale. A converted nine-axle trailer has had two added, in order to make the move. That will happen within the next couple weeks.

    But Felter has some additional roof work to do. This Saturday morning, he’s organizing a work crew at the roundhouse (below the Samoa Cookhouse). Volunteers are invited to bring their work gloves, tools and elbow grease. More is available information at (707) 616-6302. - Terrence McNally, The Arcata Eye
     
  17. BoxcabE50

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    Things are sounding positive. Some good news. Let's hope their moving goes as planned. Anyone going to be there, with a camera?

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