Yesterday saw the restoration of one of the West’s most famous steam locomotives get another step closer to completion. The engine is the former Whitney Company 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” built by Baldwin in 1909. She was the first of Baldwin’s logging mallets.
The fully restored tender of the Skookum was loaded at the OCSR shops in Centralia, Washington for the trip south to the OCSR shops at Garibaldi, Oregon. There it will join the 2-4-4-2’s running gear that is nearly complete and will soon be joined with her restored boiler and brand new wooden cab. The boiler is still in Centrailia and the completed cab is in California. Soon, these last 2 components will be loaded and head to Garibaldi for final assembly.
OCSR volunteers Scott Gordon and Dave Proffitt are shown in the photos helping OCSR president Scott Wickert who took the photos. Dave is standing by his truck that has helped us on so many OCSR moves.
Stay tuned and you will soon see the engine with all her major parts complete.