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).
Scott Gavin’s definitive book on the Oregon Pacific Railroad, Empire of Dreams, Oregon’s Most Controversial Railroad, was first published by the Society in January 2016. The first edition sold out in 60 days. The 2nd. Edition is now ready for sale. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 operator, 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.