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Yellow caboose information wanted

The SPCRR (www.spcrr.org) at Ardenwood Farm has NWP narrow gauge caboose 5591 in its collection.  This was originally built by/for the NPC, to North Shore, to NWP. …Continue

Started Jul 3, 2014

No 99, Coffee Grinder and engineer William Price Turner

A non-railfan friend asked about San Francisco and North Pacific No 99 commonly known as "coffee grinder". No 99 is a 0-4-0 geared locomotive... She carried a logging yarding engine on the pilot...…Continue

Started Jul 19, 2011

 

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Randy Hees and Christopher Bruce Weiser are now friends
Jul 12, 2016
Randy Hees replied to Zachary M. Toler's discussion NWP & A&MR Cabeese Links/Tell me about Northern Redwood Lumber
"Of course... Go ahead... at some point we need to start gathering photos for a restoration study... for now we are concentrating on our NWP caboose 5591, which we are restoring to its 1910-1914 appearance as NWP 6101...    We want to…"
Mar 14, 2015
Randy Hees replied to Zachary M. Toler's discussion NWP & A&MR Cabeese Links/Tell me about Northern Redwood Lumber
"The Northern Redwood Lumber Co was the lumber company associated with the extension of the Arcata & Mad River Railroad beyond the town of Arcata to Korbel and Blue Lake, and for most of the two companies existence, there was some form of…"
Mar 13, 2015
Randy Hees replied to Andrew F. Laverdiere's discussion Mystery Trestle on the Russian River
"The jetty ran out from the beach on the south side of the river... the railroad ran on the trestle to drop rock, once on the beach ran to the south to a quarry.  They had two Plymouth gas locomotives likely model CL or similar of about 5 tons),…"
Feb 13, 2015
Randy Hees commented on Mark Drury's photo
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NS Engine 13 at Duncan Mills

"I suspect that the unfortunate passenger car laying on its side is really caboose 2001... later NWP 6101 and still later NWP 5591, now at Ardenwood undergoing restoration. On May 19th 1906 the car would be "repaired and painted" for…"
Feb 13, 2015
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Yellow caboose information wanted

The SPCRR (www.spcrr.org) at Ardenwood Farm has NWP narrow gauge caboose 5591 in its collection.  This was originally built by/for the NPC, to North Shore, to NWP.  It was set aside when the narrow gauge operations were abandoned in 1930, and after sitting in Pt Reyes Station was moved to Samuel P Taylor State park, until the roof failed about 1969, then turned over to the RL&HS who had it restored by Bethlehem Ship Yard in San Francisco for their proposed…See More
Jul 3, 2014
Randy Hees replied to Zachary M. Toler's discussion NWP & A&MR Cabeese Links/Tell me about Northern Redwood Lumber
"A&MR #2 is owned by the SPCRR at Ardenwood.  It is currently stored off site in warehouse until our car house is complete.  As best I can tell, the car was built for the Korbell Brothers (we have a news report about a caboose being…"
Feb 15, 2012
Don McKenney left a comment for Randy Hees
"Randy, I'm modeling a string of On3 SPC Carter 24' 8 ton ventilated combination box cars. I know there may or may not have been such a car, but I like the idea and am using the original Carter plans for the 10 ton 28' version along…"
Aug 21, 2011
Randy Hees posted a discussion

No 99, Coffee Grinder and engineer William Price Turner

A non-railfan friend asked about San Francisco and North Pacific No 99 commonly known as "coffee grinder". No 99 is a 0-4-0 geared locomotive... She carried a logging yarding engine on the pilot... It appears to be a Dolbeer patent locomotive (patent 290,756, patented Dec 25, 1883) Stint says it was built by E Jardine in 1887, (this would be the Atlas Iron Works, 307 Folsom St, Joseph B Jardine proprietor as of 1883)  6x12 cylinders, 11,000 lbs (really light) off the roster on 2-18-1910.   It…See More
Jul 19, 2011
Randy Hees and Chad Gustafson are now friends
Feb 12, 2010
Chad Gustafson left a comment for Randy Hees
"awesome, thank you very much -Chad"
Feb 12, 2010
Randy Hees left a comment for Chad Gustafson
"Hi Chad, I have been traveling and just saw your question... Yes, I am the curator of the SPCRR collection at Ardenwood. We are in Fremont CA at the intersection of 880 and Hwy 84... We start our operating season April 1 Randy"
Feb 12, 2010
Randy Hees left a comment for Chad Gustafson
"The SPCRR collection is at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont... Off Hwy 84... between 880 and the Dumbarton... The park is open but the railroad shut down for the winter. I am gone most of January, but present most of the rest of the year. The…"
Dec 22, 2009
Chad Gustafson left a comment for Randy Hees
"Excuse me sir, I understand your the curator for the SPCRR collection.... I am an avid fan of the Narrow Guage lines, and i was wondering where i could find this museum and rolling stock. Thank you, -Chad P&SRkid"
Dec 22, 2009
Randy Hees replied to Mark Drury's discussion Seeking Info on Bill Thomas, NPC Master Mechanic
"You will enjoy the book... its a collection of histories of several west coast narrow gauge lines, the NCNG, Lake Tahoe, NPC, Sumpter Valley, SPC, Illwaco, Pacific Coast, and Pajaro Valley... very romantic but also good information... There are a…"
Dec 22, 2009
Randy Hees replied to Mark Drury's discussion Seeking Info on Bill Thomas, NPC Master Mechanic
"You need to read "Oil Lamps and Iron Ponies" by Shaw, Fisher and Harlan, Bay Books, 1949... It includes much about Thomas' work on the NPC and Lake Tahoe. He later served as Master Mechanic of the Mt Tamalpias line... Additionally…"
Dec 22, 2009

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Narrow gauge caboose 5591, now at Ardenwood.

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At 9:03pm on August 21, 2011, Don McKenney said…

Randy,

I'm modeling a string of On3 SPC Carter 24' 8 ton ventilated combination box cars. I know there may or may not have been such a car, but I like the idea and am using the original Carter plans for the 10 ton 28' version along with Lee Klaus and Herman Darr drawings for the 8 ton might-have-been version.  I am scratch building the cars in wood board-by-board and using MacLeod hardware.  They are now almost finished.  I've built them all with operating doors.  

My question pertains to the doors.  Boone and Doug told me you might have the answer.  How were the doors held in place when they were closed, so that the doors didn't roll around to the side where the door track extends out as the train lurches along and stops and starts?  I gather this has been something of a mystery, but I thought I'd check in with you and see if you'd come up with any clues in your work researching and restoring SPC equipment.

I appreciate any thoughts you may be able to share.

Thanks,

Don

At 2:37pm on February 12, 2010, Chad Gustafson said…
awesome, thank you very much
-Chad
At 6:46pm on December 22, 2009, Chad Gustafson said…
Excuse me sir,
I understand your the curator for the SPCRR collection....
I am an avid fan of the Narrow Guage lines, and i was wondering where i could find this museum and rolling stock. Thank you,
-Chad
P&SRkid
At 5:10pm on December 22, 2009, Mark Drury said…
Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Randy! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I'm adding content daily and am actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury
 
 
 

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