Searching for clues to log hauling English engines in the woods of California.
One of the two of my proverbial needles, the elusive third photo, showing the Leach residence at Challenge, Calif., with what is described as Henry South's traction engine in front of it. This is an image which in the Macdonald/LaHore article is dated 1892. Obviously not an Aveling, research has determined this unusual design of engine was made by the Owens, Lane & Dyer Co. of Hamilton, Ohio.
Aveling no. 2259, but without an awning. This is the Glidden engine at Lumpkin Mill. Other detail differences relate to the dome on the chimney top, presumably as a spark catching addition, and the lack of a wooden toolbox in front of the front axle. This is a much sharper view of the engine that appeared in Steam Traction, May/June 2003 and shows very clearly the large size Aveling horse and Invicta on the smokebox door.
A three-wheeled traction engine at French Creek. This is an engine by the Best Manufacturing Co., built in San Leandro, Calif., with two trailers in tow.
On the left in the distance is Aveling road locomotive, no. 2259, with an empty log trailer behind it. It was described in the press as the "Great North American" traction engine, despite it having been built in England. This is at Lumpkin Mill. The capital "G" on the huge tree trunks indicates A.J. Glidden, the name of the contractor who felled the timber and owner of the logs. Glidden himself is said to be the man on the far right.
On the way to Oroville. Clipper Mills, Cal. Butte County Pine and Hardwood Co. Although the engine appears to be the same type as the Best engine at French Creek, comparison with contemporary
Possibly the same McLaughlin engine at Clipper Mills, with logs for the mill. Information supplied by Jim Lague indicated that two Best engines were ordered by this firm for different duties associated with the mill (one for hauling logs, the other for planks), so there may have been
The crew and Aveling no. 2146 pose for the camera while hauling two loaded timber trucks at Forbestown, Calif. The engine appears to have lost both its horse and Invicta by this time.
Aveling no. 2146 at Forbestown, Calif., with empty timber trucks in tow after it had been sold to Henry South of Challenge in May 1891. Forbestown is about 3 miles northwest of Challenge and, at the time, the engine was recorded as being used by James Young. It is not known whether the engine was sold by South to Young, or whether South worked for Young, perhaps on contract.