California Western Railroad Diesel #53

California Western Railroad (CWR) Diesel #53 still exists. According to club member Chuck Whitlock she was on yard duties in Fort Bragg when the wreck of her three companions occurred.  She lives at Roots of Motive Power in Willits where she awaits restoration.

During the years 1946 and 1949 Baldwin  produced 56 of these DS4- 4-1000 diesels. Number 53 was built for the Army Corps of Engineers and she served on several bases around the Western United States until 1952 when she was sold to the CWR.

Website visitor Isaac Kuster took this photograph of her on the same day he took the photos of the remains of the wreck of her companions.

CWR Diesel Number 53 awaiting restoration at Roots of Motive Power

CWR Diesel Number 53 awaiting restoration at Roots of Motive Power

CWR Diesel Number 53 basking in the sun awaiting restoration at Roots of Motive Power

CWR Diesel Number 53 basking in the sun awaiting restoration at Roots of Motive Power

Thanks for the pics Issac.

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