A restoration plan for WSL 297

From a restoration standpoint, #297 presented a bit of a dilemma – fixing all of its problems would entail essentially building an entirely new car, reusing only the metal components from the original car. While there is nothing wrong with this type of restoration, it is well above and beyond …

No 297’s last adventure on the West Side

  On June 7, 1961, the West Side Lumber Company ran its last train when Shay locomotive No. 14 ran from Tuolumne up to Camp 8 to bring in all of the flatcars that had spent the winter in the woods. Among the cars brought down on this final train …

West Side Lumber Company flatcar 297

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California’s Tuolumne County, the West Side Lumber Company operated a narrow gauge railroad from 1898 to 1961 to haul logs from the forest to its mill in Tuolumne. The West Side was the last of the many narrow gauge logging railroads that …

D&RGW 3148

No. 3148 ended up with another boxcar at a house alongside US 285 in Estrella, just south of Alamosa. I passed by the car many times over the years on family trips to Santa Fe or later voyages of my own to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. On a …

The Depot

The Doniphan County Narrow Gauge Railway’s (DCNGRy) “depot” building started out life as a smokehouse on the Hoverson family farm in Moray, Kansas. Built in the 1870’s, the 10’X12’ building featured a basement with an arched brick ceiling. A fire was built in the basement, which allowed the smoke to …