Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297

By the summer of 2013, the time had come to begin work on #297. The first order of business was to deal with the most pressing issues – strengthen the right side and intermediate sills and get the car sitting correctly on its “A” end truck. The car was pulled …

An initial assessment of West Side 297 upon its arrival in Kansas

The climate of northeast Kansas is somewhat wet and humid – not Dallas humid or Seattle wet – but wet and humid nonetheless. While the climate is favorable to farming, it is not such a plus when it comes to keeping ancient wooden railroad cars alive. Thus the first, and …

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 …