Steam “Dummy” Locomotives

After a lifetime career as an accountant I freely admit I am not really au fait with all aspects of old time logging. So, I was NOT surprised that I hadn’t a clue what a Steam “Dummy” loco was.

First here’s the pic that set this blog in motion:

Steam "Dummy" Loco

Steam “Dummy” Loco

The entirety of what I know is in the text that accompanied this pic on Martin Hansen’s Facebook page, “Steam in the Woods.”

“This great photo has so much history and tells such a story!

The location for this photo is Dee, Oregon, just off the Mt Hood Railroad. This old Steam Dummy is #10 for the Mt. Hood Railway. In the photo she is pulling a steam donkey nearly twice her size for the Oregon Lumber Co.

In the early days of Western railroad logging, many outfits picked up used steam “Dummy” locomotives like this one from street railways for use in the woods. Their small size made them easy on the temporary track of the loggers and they could operate easily in either direction without the need of being turned. Also, they were cheap to buy!

The history of this little locomotive is intertwined with the railroads she served.

This little locomotive was built by Baldwin inn 1889 for the Ogden City Railway of Ogden, Utah. This was one of the ventures of David Eccles, who was also the founder of the Mt. Hood RR and The Oregon Lumber Co. She went on to serve 2 other street railroads in Utah before being sold to the Central Railroad Of Oregon out of Union, Oregon. In 1913, she made her way back into Eccles hands in the form of Mt. Hood Railroad #10 as we see here.

This little, but powerful engine would not be retired until 1919. In the mean time, she was quite a sight to see in the woods!”

Thanks Martin.

If anyone has anything to add please let me know.