This double-faced clock was given to the City of Toledo in 2005 to help celebrate the city’s 100th Birthday by the Toledo Rotary Club with help from the Bank of the West. It served as the Main Street timepiece for almost 10 years. Tragedy struck when someone vandalized the clock breaking one face, hands, and neon lighting. it was shrouded for some time. Upon request, the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society has repaired and restored the clock.
Beginning Saturday, April 2, at 11:00 am we will be fueling up as many of our motorcars and other equipment as we can and performing operating tests. We will be performing these tests on the first Saturday of each month through Labor Day. This activity coordinates nicely with Toledo’s arts community’s First Weekend event. Saturday will also be a general clean-up day for YPRHS members to prepare the museum for summer visitors. Come join us for some fun as you watch these motorcars come to life.
For those of you who were unable to attend the dedication ceremony of the 45 tonner donated by Georgia-Pacific to the YPRHS museum here is the link to YouTube. Many Thanks to those who attended and the video production team from Toledo High School.
Member Bob Topham recorded the big move Monday. First the Number 6 logger and a set of MOW equipment (speeder, idler/flat and crane) needed to be pulled and reset on the YPRHS siding. Once the track switches were re-aligned, WATCO Switching pushed the 45 Tonner into place for its new home. The remaining photos show members assembling for a group photo. Thanks for the photos, Bob.
TOLEDO, 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.
“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).