The California Western Railroad was originally called the Fort Bragg Railroad and was built as a narrow gauge logging railroad in 1985. It ran from Fort Bragg CA, 40 miles east to Willits, CA. The line began as a vehicle for moving redwood logs to Mendocino Coast sawmills from the rugged backcountry. Steam passenger service was started in 1904, extended to the town of Willits in 1911, but was discontinued in 1925. It was renamed the California Western Railroad & Navigation Company in 1905 and in 1947 the name was shortened to the California Western Railroad. The railroad was initially operated as a division of the Fort Bragg mill.
In the mid 1960s, the Kyle Railways began managing the railroad, and purchased it in 1987. In Augus1996, a group comprised entirely of local Mendocino Coast investors purchased California Western.
The California Western acquired a second-hand "Mikado" type locomotives in 1964 from the Medford Corp. It was restored in 2003 and has been operational since.
Today the California Western is run as a tourist railroad and 2-8-2, number 45 is still operational and used on many weekend excursions.
|Qty.||Road Numbers||From Other RR||Year Acquired||Year Built||Builder||Notes|
|1||44||Lamm Lumber Company||1944||1930||Baldwin||Scrapped in 1952.|
|1||45||Medford Corp||1964||1924||Baldwin||Medford Corp. bought it from Lamm Lumber Company. Number 45 was restored in 2003 and has been operational since.|
Working in the timberlands owned by this Medford, Ore company, the 3 was a standard superheated logging Mikado. Piston valves measured 10" (254 mm) in diameter.
The Owen Oregon was formed out of lumber assets and included all of the Pacific & Eastern Railway. The P&E had been founded in 1904, never enjoyed much success and closed in 1918, was bought in 1920 by Millard D Olds of Cheboygan, Mich and James N Brownlee of Mississippi. Brownlee sold out to Olds in 1923 and Olds sold out to James H Owen's family in 1924.
The maximum grade was a hefty 6% and curves were as tight as 25 degrees. Later in the 1920s, the Meford Corporation would begin planning for an extension of the railway to Klamath Falls, but,as the Rogue Valley website notes, the Great Depression put paid to that idea.
The 3 would be brought into the Medford Corporation in 1935, three years after Owen Oregon entered receivership.. Thirty years later, the Calfornia Western would buy the engine in February 1965 and renumber it 45.
|Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Owen Oregon Lumber Company|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)||12.08 / 3.68|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)||28.50 / 8.69|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.42|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)||50.35 / 15.35|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)||120,000 / 54,431|
|Engine Weight (lbs / kg)||150,000 / 68,039|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)||86,000 / 39,009|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)||236,000 / 107,048|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)||4000 / 15.15|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)||1500 / 5.70|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)||50 / 25|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in / mm)||44 / 1118|
|Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)||180 / 12.40|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)||19" x 24" / 483x610|
|Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)||30,127 / 13665.39|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.98|
|Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)||158 / 14.68|
|Grate Area (sq ft / m2)||29 / 2.69|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||1700 / 157.93|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)||356 / 33.07|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||2056 / 191|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||215.85|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||5220|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||6107|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||33,275|