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
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, with assistance of Frank got to work and voila, a G Scale #45!!!
G Scale Skunk #45
Congrats to Kyle for his efforts in adding another chunk of Mendocino Coast Railroad history to the layout.
Gerald Lunn, a website and layout visitor, has created two superb videos on the history of Skunk Train. Sit back and enjoy.
Thanks Gerald for allowing us to link to your videos.
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 emerging from Tunnel #1
CWR #45 Blowing Off Steam
CWR #45 at Willits Depot
CWR #45 at Fort Bragg
CWR # 45 leaving Fort Bragg
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
Thanks chuck. Thanks Jack.