Eatonville Lumber Co. Locomotive

Eatonville Lumber Co. Locomotive
Eatonville Lumber Co. Locomotive

The Eatonville Lumber Company was in operation until the 1950s and a major employer of the town.  Here is one of the company’s locomotives taking trees from the nearby forests.

Pat Van Eaton says (below), “The Class C 70-3 Shay locomotive #3053 was built in Lima, Ohio, February 20, 1920 for the Eatonville Lumber Company.

It carried 3,000 gallons of water and a road weight of 79 tons with fuel and other added equipment.

According to the factory records, it burned coal, but that may not ben the case as the cinders would have caused forest fires. Mostly likely it burned oil because the stack has no screen.

It was leased to Tacoma Rail on January 5, 1944 and was sold to Sauk River Lumber Co., Darrington, Wash., February 27, 1948, who scrapped it in the early 1950s. The Lima Locomotive Works built 582 Class C Shays before they ceased building them in 1945. They built 2,767 Shay Locomotives of all sizes.”

Photo courtesy fo the Kjelstad family.

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4 thoughts on “Eatonville Lumber Co. Locomotive”

  1. The Clss C 70 -3 Shay locomotive # 3053 was built in Lima ,Ohio 2/16/1920 for the Eatonville Lbr Co. It was there 2nd locomotive hence the #2. It carried 3000 gallons of water & a road weight of 79 tons with fuel & other added equipment.According to factory records it burned coal but that may not be the case as the cinders would have caused forest fires. Most likely it burned oil because the stack has no screen.It was leased to Tacoma Rail on 1/5/1944 & was sold to Sauk River Lbr Co,Darrinton,Wa 2/27/1948 who scrapped it the the early 1950’s. The Lima Locomotive Works built 582 class C Shays before they ceased building them in 1945. They built 2,767 Shay Locomotives of all sizes.

    1. Thanks. I feel like I know some about locomotives now. May have to move this info into the post so no one misses it, 🙂

  2. Yes, this Shay was an oil burner. You can see the top of the fuel bunker sticking out above the wrapper just behind the cab. Even though it burned heavy fuel oil (Bunker C), many locomotives also had spark arrestors on their stacks during times of high fire danger. This photo may have been taken in the spring or fall.

    Brian Wise
    General Manager
    Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad & Museum

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