RETIREMENT OF THE LAST STEAM LOCOMOTIVES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON
On March 30, 1962, my wife and I went to the dedication Ceremony marking the change-over of Rayonier Grays Harbor logging operations from steam to Diesel locomotives.
The Company has eight steam locomotives. Two were in service.
No. 90, 2-8-2 Baldwin Mallet, built in 1926. Wt. 185,000 lbs. Tractive effort 35,700 lbs. 48' drivers, 20' x 28' Cyl. 180psi.
No. 38, 2-6-6-2 Baldwin Mallet, Built 1934. Wt. 293,000 lbs. Tractive effort 59,600 lbs. 51' drivers, 20'x 31'x 28'cyl. 225psi.
No. 90 came in first with her train of logs and they held her funeral services. She was then uncoupled and switched to a siding.
A brand new 1600 H.P. Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Diesel loco coupled up to the train of logs and took it on from there.
No. 38 came in a half hour later with fifty cars of logs. They also held services for her. She was then switched to the siding behind No. 90. The second big Diesel was coupled to the fifty cars of logs and moved out down the track with very little effort.
When the steam engines pulled in, there was a lot of clapping. When they dedicated the two new Diesels and unveiled their numbers 90 and 35 everyone was quiet, not due to disrespect for the Diesels, but all Rail buffs, Steam engineers, and Steam fans were pretty low about then.
No. 90 coupled to No. 38 with a blast from the whistle, and pulled No. 38 to the railroad camp.
They were both cleaned and newly painted and they made a beautiful sight on their last run. If they are not sold to Railroad clubs or Historical Societies, they will go for scrap.
We went to the railroad camp and saw the other six engines, all different and had free lunch.
Thanks to the Rayonier Co. for a good time I will never forget.