Last Update:  January 31, 2006
This is Part 3 of a three part article
This part contains historical photos, locomotive & equipment roster and
information on the last surviving Carlton & Coast locomotive

Click here to return to Part 1
Part one contains a historical summary of the line, maps of the entire operation, plus photos of the Carlton & Coast
mainline from Carlton to Tillamook Gate.

Click here to return  to Part 2
Part two contains photos of the Carlton & Coast  - Flora logging spurs and camps and
remains that still exist today.
Historic Photos
The following historical photos are courtesy of the Yamhill County Historical Society and are
shown here by courtesy and permission of Dan Linscheid.  More photos can be viewed on
this page of theirs.
From the left to right:   Probably a N. Yamhill Riv. Trestle, just west of Pike. -  Trestle, unknown location - Cedar Creek Trestle - unknown trestle,
likely on the logging spurs.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
Two views of the switchback at the second Tillamook Gate, operated from 1910 through 1932.   The trestle "to nowhere" was the tail track of the switchback.
In the left photo, a Shay has just come down the switchback with a full load of logs that will soon be transfered to the rod engine in the far right end of the photo.  
The Shay will take the disconnects that the rod engine brought and set out on the trestle, back up the switchback to the woods.
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
From the left to right:   The Carlton & Coast freight and passenger depot in Carlton. - Photo of the community  Pike, taken around 1900, about 9 years before the
railroad came through.
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
Apparently two seperate Shay wrecks.  The one of the left apparently occured around 1920 as a Shay fell off of trestle # 24 going around a curve.  No other details
at this time.  The middle photo shows a Shay that apparently ran off the tracks while pulling an oil tank car.   The oil tank car, has worn Flora markings on it.  Wreck
occured sometime in 1925.  The photo on the right is the same Shay after it was towed back to Carlton.  This was Shay # 6 s/n 2050.  It was rebuilt by Willamette in
1926, then sent to Flora's Kerry operation for a period, before possibly finishing its days back at Flora's Carlton logging operation.
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
Carlton Lake prior to the 1940s.   A striking difference between then and today, when a number of mills surrounded the lake and logs filled the water.
Today, only an empty marsh and farmer's field exists.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
From left to right:  The 1939 fire that destroyed the Flora Logging Co. - A colorized photo of the C&C Logging railroad somewhere - A Flora Logging Camp school
sometime between 1929-1931 - A C&C logging branch - A Flora section crew.  The
A Song of Yamhill book which also displays this photo indicates this was an
all Italian crew.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
The two left photos show a load of pilings dropped off at Chesterbrook.   These were likely brought up from Carlton and then stored here to be taken to the woods to
build or repair trestles as needed.  The two right photos were of a Flora piling crew building a short low level trestle.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
Logging camps of the Carlton & Coast and Flora Logging Company.   The photo on the left is said to be Camp 2 and does seem to match the topography of that
area.   No indication what camps the other two are.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
The three trestles near the head of Fairchild creek were the hinge of Flora Logging Co. after 1932.  Flora obtained a loan from the Reconstruction Finance
Corporation to build these trestles and allow for a much shallower grade to the logging spurs.   But it would be the destruction of these trestles during the 1939 fire
that would cut off the logging spurs from the mainline and doom the Flora Logging Co.    The photo is from the upper part of the loop looking west towards the
head of Fairchild creek.  The trestle in the foreground was one of the largest on the Carlton & Coast and had a S curve in it.    
Yamhill County Historical Society.
The Linke & Haynes Lumber Mill, more commonly known as the L.H.L, originally built in 1935.   The mill here burned down twice, once in 1940, then again in
1941, but was rebuilt and lasted into the late 1950s.  I'm not sure what year this photo was taken.
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
The Trask Toll Wagon Road Stage, between Yamhill  and Tillamook.  The road and stage was the only way to reach Tillamook by land from the Willamette Valley
from the 1870s until 1912.   In 1910 and 1911, the Carlton & Coast interchanged freight with the stage at Tillamook Gate, but this ceased when the stage made it's
last run in November, 1911.  The Southern Pacific had opened a railroad between Hillsboro and Tillamook and the old wagon road was no longer needed.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photos.
Locomotive Roster - Carlton & Coast - Flora Logging Co.
If you have any corrections or information you'd like to add about this roster, you can Email me anytime.
Special thanks to John A Taubeneck, Jerry Lamper, Marc Reusser's
Steam in the Woods and to
The Encylopedia of Western Railroad History, Vol III was also sourced.
No. 1 - 1882 50 ton Baldwin 2-6-0 s/n 6256
Purchased by the C&C on 2/1910 from the OR&NRR (their former #18)  Scrapped by Flora in the late 1920s.  Had 57" drivers, no further info.
No. 2 - 1868  McKay & Aldus make 4-4-0 s/n ?
Purchased by the C&C on 8/1911 from the Southern Pacific (their former #1484)  It's not clear what happened to this locomotive.  Had 57" drivers, Weighed 17
tons, 10,500lb tractive effort.   Probably sold before 1923.
No. 3 then No. 2 - 1901 Class B 2 truck Lima Shay s/n 646
Purchased by Flora in 5/1921,  transfered to the C&C as a mainline engine, renumberd No. 2 in 1923.  Sold in 1925, scrapped in California 1929.
No. 3  - 1924 Brooks 2-8-2T s/n 65375
Purchased by Flora sometime after 1924 for use on the C&C mainline.   Former Surgar Pine Lumber No. 3.   Had 44" drivers, weighed 95 tons, 35,000lbs tractive
effort.  Sold to Consolidated Timber Co. in Glenwood, OR
No. 4  - 1923 Baldwin 2-6-6-2S s/n 56738  More info here
Supposedly purchased by Flora, unknown date, likely did not remain on line very long if it ever arrived in the first place.  This would have been the largest loco on
the C&C and Flora lines.  Had 44" drivers, side tanks, weighed 100 tons with 38,000lbs tractive effort.  See link above for more info.
No. 4 - 1918 Class C 70 ton 3 truck Lima Shay s/n 3009
Purchased by Flora 2/1927, abandoned in the woods 1939, hauled out in 1942, sold to Diamond Match, Stirling City, CA, renumbered 106
and then scrapped 1952 or 1953.
Photo Courtesy of Marc Reusser Steam in the Woods.
No. 5 - 1910 Class C 70 ton 3 truck Lima Shay s/n 2274
Purchased by Flora sometime after 1921, scrapped unknown date.  Possibly Shay shown in above photo that fell of trestle #24
and the date of the wreck (1920) may be incorrect.
No. 6 (1) - 1908 Class B 60 ton Lima Shay s/n 2050  (wrecked Shay pictured above)
Purchased by Flora 1924, wrecked 1925, rebuilt by Willamette Iron & Steel, 1926, worked Flora's operation on the Kerry Line for a period before returning to
Carlton operation.  Abandoned 1939, hauled out 1942, sold to Dulien Steel Products Co., Portland, OR 1943, scrapped unknown date
Yamhill County Historical Society photos
No. 6 (2) - 1914 Class B 50 ton 2 truck Lima Shay s/n 2745
Purchased by Flora 11/1923 as No. 50, then renumbered No. 6, likely in 1925, when the first No. 6 (above) wrecked.  
Abandoned in the woods 1939, hauled out 1942, sold to Dulien Steel Products Co, Portland, OR, scrapped unknown date.
No. 7 - 1923 3 truck Willamette s/n 10
Purchased by new in 1923, abandoned in the woods 1939, hauled out 1942, sold to Alaska Junk, then used by contract logger,
Ulmidor Co., out of Montensano, WA.   Scrapped around 1947.
Photo Courtesy of Marc Reusser Steam in the Woods.
No. 8 - 1920 Class C 80 ton 3 truck Lima Shay s/n 3144
Purchased by Flora 2/1927, renumbered No. 8, abandoned in the woods 1939, hauled out 1942, sold to
Dulien Steel Products, Portland, OR 1943, scrapped unknown date (likely around 1943).
No. 9 - 1925 80 ton 2-6-2T Vulcan s/n 3505
Possibly purchased 1926-27, abandoned in the Carlton 1939, sold in 1942 to Kaiser shipyards.  Remained possibly through the 1950s before being scrapped.
Left photo Courtesy of Marc Reusser Steam in the Woods.  Taken 1939 at Carlton
Right photo courtesy Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, taken somewhere on a Flora logging spur.
No. 11 - 1914 Baldwin 2-8-2 s/n 41299
Purchased by the C&C unknown date, possibly after 1924.  Remained on property until finally sold in 1945.  Unknown disposition. No further info.
No. 55 - 1924 2-8-2 Porter s/n 6860 (Operational as of the 1990s, now stored at the MRSR)
Purchased new by Flora, originally No. 11, then No. 55,  it was abandoned in the woods in 1939, hauled out in 1942 and sold to Port of Grays Harbor, Hoquiam,
WA and renumber No. 5 Put on display in the in 1950s, restored in the 1980s, tender was not savable.  Operable, but out of service awaiting boiler in the indefinate
See below for a more detailed history and information on this locomotive.
No. 70 - 1913 Class C 70 ton 3 truck Lima Shay s/n 2642
Purchased by Carlton Consolidated Timber 1919, transferred to Flora 1921, sold to Clyde Equipment Co, Portland, OR 1922
Scrapped unknown date.
No. 1604 - 1883 50 ton Baldwin 4-4-0 s/n 6824
Purchased new by the Oregon & California as their No. 32, transfered to Southern Pacific in 1891, renumbered No. 1561, renumbered again in 1901
to No. 1604.  Sold to Carlton Consolidated 2/1913.  Transferred to Flora in 1921. Scrapped by 1938.  Notes: 57" drivers, cylinder 17x24, 84800lb, 68700lbs on
drivers, boiler pressure 140, Traffive effort 14480.  Wood burner.   Additional Notes:  Caption on photo indicates this was a narrow gauge loco used during the
construction of the C&Cin 1909 and 1910.  However it was likely a standard guage.  
Yamhill County Historical Society Photo.
Carlton & Coast No. 55  -  Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad No. 5
The C&C No. 55, probably taken
during mid to late 1920s.
Courtesy of Rod Talburk, OHS photo
The C&C No. 55.  Appears to be at
Carlton, probably around 1939-40.
Courtesy of Martin E Hansen
Here owned by Port of Grays Harbor and
renumbered No 5.  Probably mid 1940s.
Courtesy of Martin E Hansen
The old Carlton & Coast No. 55 was restored and operated by the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad as their No. 5.  These photos were taken by Martin E Hanson of the
No. 5 on some of it's passenger and photo runs along the MRSR in recent years..
Courtesy of Martin E Hansen
The MRSR No. 5 in the Mineral
repair shop in Oct. 2005
Courtesy of Kim Walters
The MRSR No. 5 Photo 10-2-94
Courtesy of John W. Van Amburg
check out his website
Some of the information contained here was sourced from the Mt. Rainier Scenic RR Website and Martin E. Hansen.  

Porter 2-8-2 #55  (5)
H.K. Porter Company   -  Pittsburgh, PA
Built:   February 1924
Construction Number:   (c/n) 6860
Cylinders:   18" x 24"
Driver Diameter:    45"
Boiler Pressure:   180 lbs
Length:    56'
Total Weight:   71 tons
Tractive Effort :   26,435 lbs

The MRSR No. 5 is the last locomotive and quite possibly, the last intact piece of equipment, of the
Carlton & Coast Railroad and the Flora Logging Company.

The Flora Logging Co. No. 55 is a unique locomotive.  It was built by H.K. Porter and was one of the largest locomotives they made, a 2-8-2
Mikado tender type.  H.K. Porter is famous for making small steam engines for use in industrial yards, mines and light duty logging.  
This photo of mine is an example of what H.K. Porter was more commonly famous for building.  

No. 55 was Porter’s serial no. 6860 and was completed in February 1924, specifically for the Flora Co. and Carlton & Coast Railroad.
Joe Flora needed a powerful rod engine for use on the Carlton & Coast mainline to replace his aging 19th century mainline engines.

Prior to 1924, the Carlton & Coast used three very old engines built in 1868, 1883 and 1886.   They were numbered 2, 1604 and 1,
respectively (see roster above).  It's not clear how long the No. 1 lasted.  The No. 2 was likely sold or scrapped before 1924.  The No. 1604
was likely still in use by 1924 as it wasn't scrapped for another 14 years.    Other than these very old engines,  Flora's only alternative for
motive power were the Shays he employed on the logging spurs.   Shays were generally limited to 7-10 mph and Flora needed an engine
that could safely run up to 20+ mph on the flat open C&C mainline, but still have enough power to make the 3+% grade as the mainline got
closer to the logging camps.

An order was placed for the Porter and it arrived in Carlton sometime in mid 1924 and was immediately put to work.  The original road
number was No. 11.   Sometime after 1924, Flora purchased a 1914 Baldwin 2-8-2 (s/n 41229) that also came with the road No. 11.  
Presumably, this was the reason Flora renumbered the Porter to No. 55, the road number it would retain the rest of its days on the Carlton &
Coast Railroad.

The Porter spent its initial years running daily between Carlton and Tillamook Gate, a distance of about 14 miles each way.   By 1932,
Tillamook Gate was abandoned and it was running as far north as Camp Neverstill and back, a distance of about 20 miles each way.   The
No. 55 spent much of her career hauling log trains to Carlton that were brought down to Tillamook Gate and later Neverstill, by Shay and
Willamette geared locomotives.  The No. 55 also hauled freight, equipment, supplies and people between Carlton and Tillamook

During the fire of 1939 that destroyed the entire Flora logging operation, the No. 55 appears to have been one of the few locomotives to be
down at the roundhouse in Carlton instead of trapped in the woods.    

Some sources indicate that she was sold in 1940 just after the abandonment of the Carlton & Coast and may have been the first Carlton &
Coast - Flora locomotive to be sold after the line was abandoned.   It doesn't appear she around when the rest of the operation was salvaged
a few years later.

No. 55 was sold to the Port of Grays Harbor.  She was used to switch at the docks in Hoquiam, Washington through the Second World War
and remained there into the 1950s.   Shortly after leaving the Carlton & Coast, her number was changed from No. 55 to No. 5, the road
number she retains to this day.

Sometime in the 1950s, the Porter No. 5 was retired and put up for sale.   Carl Schafer purchased the locomotive.  The Schafer Brothers had
a large logging operation near Montesano, Washington, but sold out to Simpson in 1950.  All of the Schafer steam locomotives including a
Porter similar to the No. 5, were scrapped out within a few years.  Carl Schafer loved his original Porter and wanted another to put on display
for his new game farm in Montesano that he purchased for retirement.  

The Porter No. 5 remained on outdoor display on Schafer property in Montesano into the early 1980s, but corrosion had taken its toll.  
Sometime in the early 1980s, the Schafer family sold the No. 5 to the
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad of Elbe, Washington.   The No. 5 was
restored to operating condition sometime in the mid to late 1980s.  Unfortunately, the original tender was too badly damaged to be saved and
instead the No. 5 was mated to a Northwestern Pacific Vanderbilt style tender.  

The No. 5 ran regularly on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad from the 1980s through the late 1990s.   At some point, it was taken out of service,
apparently because its boiler is due for a Federally mandated refit.  It's now in storage at Mineral, Washington.

Unfortunately the refit has not been scheduled as of this time and it's not known if or when it might return to service.
The End

Click here to return to Part 1
Part one contains a historical summary of the line, maps of the entire operation, plus photos of the Carlton & Coast
mainline from Carlton to Tillamook Gate.

Click here to return  to Part 2
Part two contains photos of the Carlton & Coast  - Flora logging spurs and camps and
remains that still exist today.
Related Links
Matt Wolford's Homepage with some interesting photos of his Flora explorations
My Southern Pacific St Joseph Branch Page.
Steam in the Woods
Yamhill County Historical Photos
Mt. Rainer Scenic Railroad
If anyone has any further information or pictures about this railroad, please let me know.    
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Email me anytime.  Thanks.
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Yamhill County Historical Society photo - used with permission
Tillamook Burn Country  - Lucia
Southern Pacific in Oregon - Austin/Dill
A Song of Yamhill - Gordon Zimmerman
The Carlton & Coast Railroad - Wood/Randall (courtesy of Bob Melbo, Oregon State Rail Planner)
Railroads in the Woods - Labbe
Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History - Robertson
Yamhill County Historical Society

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