CWR’s (California Western Railroad) #45 Steam Locomotive being brought back to Operating Condition

Our Club Members were recently given the opportunity to see the progress that has been made bringing #45 back to operating condition. Club member Steve Worthen took the pictures.

CWR (California Western Railroad) Steam Locomotive #45 – Her Regeneration in 1988

The great picture of Wendling in the last blog was supplied by Greg Checkal. Greg also supplies this wonderful picture of CWR’s Steam Locomotive #45:

Greg Chekal's picture of CWR's #45

Greg Chekal’s picture of CWR’s #45

A very old club member, John Skinner, came by the other day with a bunch of really neat historical stuff. One of the items that John dropped off was a booklet celebrating the “regeneration” of #45. The key parts of the booklet are reproduced below:

Front Cover of a Booklet on the Regeneration of CWR's #45 in 1988

Front Cover

Pics of the Transformation of CWR's #45 in 1988 - Page 1

Pics of the Transformation Page 1

Pics of the Transformation of CWR's #45 in 1988 Page 2

Pics of the Transformation Page 2

Thanks Greg. Thanks John.

 

The Skunk Train – California Western 2-8-2 Baldwin (#45) along the Redwood Route

Today, two families of visitors at our layout (which is adjacent to the Skunk Train depot) expressed their disappointment at finding that they were not going to ride behind #45 – #45 is undergoing major maintenance. I told them that if they checked into this blog they could see a vid of ole 45 in action:

Hope this gives you the look and feel of riding the Skunk.

#45 The Skunk Train’s 2-8-2 Light Mikado

The CWR (California Western Railroad) – The Skunk Train has but one steam loco – #45 a 2-8-2 light Mikado. Currently she is being readied for the Summer season. Kyle Stockman is not only a Club Member of our club, the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, he is also “mother hen” to number #45. Kyle was very curious to find out just what #45 looked like when she was “shopped out” by her makers, Baldwin. Every loco that Baldwin produced was photographed at the factory and, if I understand it properly, the photos of all the 70,500 locos Baldwin produced have been preserved. I have no idea whose palm Kyle greased but he DID get a copy of the shopping out photo of “our” loco:

#45 when she was brand spanking new in 1928

#45 when she was brand spanking new in 1928

Kyle was on a roll. His next objective was to have #45 running on our Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Co. G Scale layout. Kyle soon found out that 2-8-2’s do not exist in the world of G Scale. Undaunted (and egged on by Chief Operating Officer Frank Davis) he figured if he could snag a 2-8-0 with small drivers (doable) he could do a kitbash. Well here was what he acquired:

Kyle's purchase

Kyle’s purchase

Kyle, with assistance of Frank got to work and voila, a G Scale #45!!!

G Scale Skunk #45

G Scale Skunk #45

Congrats to Kyle for his efforts in adding another chunk of Mendocino Coast Railroad history to the layout.

Photos of the California Western Railroads (CWR) Steam Locomotive #45

A gentleman visiting our layout on Sunday told me that he found it curious that there were no pictures of the “Skunk” – CWR’s 2-8-2 Mikado on the website. I was somewhat nonplussed believing that he was wrong. He wasn’t. So here is a small gallery of #45 until I can go through my photo collection and round up some better ones.

CWR #45 soon after Restoration

CWR #45 soon after Restoration

CWR #45 emerging from Tunnel #1

CWR #45 emerging from Tunnel #1

CWR #45 Blowing Off Steam

CWR #45 Blowing Off Steam

CWR #45 at Willits Depot

CWR #45 at Willits Depot

CWR #45 at Fort Bragg

CWR #45 at Fort Bragg

CWR # 45 leaving Fort Bragg

CWR # 45 leaving Fort Bragg

CWR’s (California Western Railroad) 2-8-2, #45 when she was the Medford Lumber Co. (MEDCO) #3

For today’s blog I an indebted to our Vice President, Chuck Whitlock and his friend Jack Dykstra. Jack is a member of the Montana Museum of Railroad History located in Great Falls, Montana. The Museum boasts of two extremely large layouts. Check this page out to see the details.

I have always wondered where #45 worked before she came to the CWR. Jack’s e-mail explains the “where”.

“As promised here is a photo I took of Medford Lumber Co. (MEDCO) #3 working in the woods near Butte Falls, OR in March or April, 1959. It is my understanding that this is
the locomotive that the California Western later bought and converted to #45.

Jack kindly forwarded to Chuck a picture – see below – of CWR #45 when she was a working girl. According to Jack, “At the time of this photo MEDCO also had 2 or 3 active Willamette 3-truck Shay type locos on their roster, plus a dead 2-truck Shay sitting out in the woods. I believe one 3-truck ended up in the RR museum in Dunsmuir, CA.”

Medford lumber Company #3, now CWR #45

Medford lumber Company #3, now CWR #45

Thanks chuck. Thanks Jack.