Yreka Western to get new unit????

John Barnhill May 22, 2006

  1. John Barnhill

    John Barnhill TrainBoard Member

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    Just heard that privately owned SD9 #439 that had been at Mt. Rainier Scenic is on the move and possibly headed to the Yreka Western. This is ex SP SD9 #4439. Anybody got more info??? I've gotta know! :D
     
  2. Ironhorseman

    Ironhorseman Staff Member In Memoriam

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    That's correct John. The SD-9 was in transit when the MRSRR found a trestle was not in safe condition to allow traffic over it. When the lead loco entered the trestle the cap reportedly sank about 8 inches. The SD-9 had to remain until repairs could be made to the structure. It should be on it's way now. :)
     
  3. John Barnhill

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    Excellent Bill!!! Was hoping you'd be on tonight. :D
    Now, ya got any history info post SP so I may be able to add her to the roster??

    Here she is in on the SP:
     

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  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Any pictures of her as she was painted when at MRSR? Will there be new paint applied at the YWRR?

    :D

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  5. John Barnhill

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    Ok, got some quick research in.
    Built in 1955 (b/n 20214) as SP #5436, re# to 3914, rblt and re# to SD9E #4439.
    Sold to Chrome Crankshaft, to TE #439, to Rail Link #439 and
    now on to YW.
     
  6. John Barnhill

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    From what I'm understanding, she was just stored on the MRSR for a bit. ???
     
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I believe that's correct. But before that, she'd been used by the Tacoma Eastern RY operation?

    :)

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  8. John Barnhill

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    Thats what the history I've come up with says. :)
     
  9. JDLX

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    From what little I know...the Tacoma Eastern was a short lived operation...I believe it ran ex-Chehalis Western trackage that is now part of Tacoma Rail's Mountain Division. Rob Jacox has a photo of this unit operating on the TE posted on his Western Rails page at the following link:

    http://www.trainweb.org/westernrails/wa/te-439_ba.jpg

    The locomotive was owned by the same person that had the Lewis & Clark Railroad in Battle Ground, WA; after the TE failed or folded this unit went into storage on the LINC. Shortly before LINC lost their operating contract they sold this locomotive, along with the Lewis & Clark's small fleet of ex-SP SW-8's, to Livingston Mountail Locomotive Works. The unit moved to the MRSR at some point within the past few years; the Chehalis-Centralia group looked at the locomotive as a potential backup locomotive for their operation but passed on it.

    Question, Bill- is the YW leasing or purchasing this locomotive? Or do you know?

    Jeff Moore
    Elko, NV
     
  10. BoxcabE50

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    Post-CWRR the lines went to ownership by the City of Tacoma. Tacoma Eastern RY was the first post-CW RR operator of all trackage south of Tacoma Junction.

    As described, the owner of that SD would have been Ed Berntsen.

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  11. Greg Elems

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    So what is the story on the MRS-1 on the YW? Is it retired or getting some help?

    Greg
     
  12. Ironhorseman

    Ironhorseman Staff Member In Memoriam

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    Jeff - I'm not sure. I don't think the YWRR purchased this SD-9. It belongs to the lady who did the boiler work on #19. I think the loco is only on a loan, or lease and is to be used for stand-by only.
     

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