Dedicate the latest addition to its rolling stock collection

Picture1TOLEDO, Oregon – The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society (YPRHS) will dedicate the latest addition to its rolling stock collection at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the museum in Toledo, Oregon.

The retired 45-ton, center-cab locomotive , aptly if not imaginatively nicknamed the “45-Tonner,” is a gift from the Georgia-Pacific (GP) mill in Toledo. It was used there in support of lumber and containerboard operations for most of its 60-year working life. It originally was purchased by the C.D. Johnson Lumber Co. in 1951, prior to selling its Toledo operations to GP the following year.

“Adding the 45-Tonner to our collection is a major step, since it means we will have the Alpha and Omega of historic railroad locomotives that worked in this area,” said YPRHS President Ralph Grutzmacher.

Officers for 2016, Pres= Ralph Grutzmacher,

Officers for 2016, Pres= Ralph Grutzmacher,

“We are deeply grateful to Georgia-Pacific for deciding to make our museum the permanent final home for the engine; we’re hoping to turn it into an interactive and interpretive display for thousands of visitors each year.”

The locomotive was retired due to age and has since been replaced. GP agreed last year to donate it to YPRHS with an estimated in-kind value of $40,000.

“We are honored to support the preservation of our region’s vibrant history and industrial heritage,” said James McClure, vice president and general manager of GP-Toledo. “This locomotive literally is a piece of the past and we’re pleased it will remain in Toledo. We are grateful to YPRHS for making it available to the public.”

The YPRHS Toledo museum already houses “One-Spot,” a large steam locomotive built for the C.D. Johnson Lumber Co. in 1922 and the company’s first. The 45-Tonner was the last and only diesel engine purchased by C.D. Johnson, and except for a short period in the 1960s, was used exclusively by GP-Toledo to move railroad chip cars into position for dumping their loads onto a large conveyor. Wood chips and recycled cardboard are used by GP-Toledo to make containerboard, the layers of cardboard boxes.

The YPRHS collection also includes one of very few restored railroad post office and baggage cars, the oldest wooden caboose in the Pacific Northwest and vintage boxcars, along with speeder cars, smaller historic railroad implements and a research library.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and light refreshments will be offered. YPRHS is located at 100 NW A Street, Toledo (next to the post office).

Oregon Pacific Railroad, Empire of Dreams

12238322_1210094415672567_7109760147669876471_oScott Gavin’s definitive book on the Oregon Pacific Railroad, Empire of Dreams will be published in January. Each person who makes a donation to the Historical Society of $100 will receive a copy of Empire of Dreams and membership in the Society for 2016 and 2017. To get your copy or obtain additional details, call YPRHS at (541) 336-5256 or email at

Scott M. Gavin has spent the past 30 years in the research and compilation of the definitive history of the Oregon Pacific Railroad. The results of his work, Empire of Dreams – The Story of the Oregon Pacific, Oregon’s Most Controversial Railroad is in final editing and will be published by the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society. Empire of Dreams is approximately 400 pages in length and contains 237 historical photographs and illustrations. It will be published in 8.5 by 11 inch format and will be available in both hard bound and soft bound editions.

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For those who want to watch the 45 tonner move from Georgia-Pacific to the YPRHS site, the move date is now Monday February 8. The time of the move is still in flux and will be posted here when it is known. The dedication event is scheduled for Saturday February 20 at 2:00 pm.

We are please to announce that move day for the 45-tonner is coming up. Built new for the C D Johnson Lumber Corporation as No 8 in 1950, this locomotive was in almost continuous service at the Toledo, Oregon lumber mill and liner board mill until recently retired by Georgia-Pacific. The Georgia Pacific Foundation donated the switching locomotive to the Historical Society. As you can imagine, accepting this generous gift is a little more complicated than saying “thank you” and asking for the keys. Planning has been underway for several weeks and physical preparation work will began on Saturday, Jan 23 by getting speeders and motor car engines ready to run so that equipment can be moved from the plywood siding and re-spotted on the engine track. Thanks to the cooperation between WATCO, the local switching 12592206_1247864235228918_465613601368769432_noperator, and Portland & Western, the shortline operator, the locomotive will be picked up at G-P’s chip operation and be parked on the eastern end of the plywood siding. The tentative move date is Monday afternoon, February 1 with the dedication and thank you celebration on Saturday, February 20. It takes a lot of volunteers to make a museum work. Please consider joining the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society to lend your time and talents converting a working industrial machine into story-telling machine.

Elk City, Oregon

Elk City, Oregon about 1907. Basically a ghost town now but back then it was a bustling place. Elk City sits just East up the Yaquina river from Toledo Oregon.12622398_1021399734547394_8573166287362140875_o

..and then they grow up

YPRHS Gives 1st. Academic Scholarship James Spang, standing at left with Allan Preece at a train show a few years ago, becomes the first recipient of the Paul Beulieu Scholarship Award. Funding for this was created with a spring sale of a large collection of model trains and buildings given to YPRHS when named as recipient in Paul’s estate. James is enrolled in the Diesel Mechanics program at Linn-Benton college and is pursuing a position in the railroad industry. Pres. Ralph does the honors at a YPRHS meeting.

 Academic Scholarship James Spang

Academic Scholarship James Spang

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