Logging Railways in British Columbia
Bloedel Stewart & Welch
Bloedel Stewart & Welch. Ltd. 1 2-truck Shay 42 ton Lima 2475 9/1911
Canadian Forest Products
Canadian Forest Products 111 acq. 1949 (ex Weyerhaeuser 111) 2-6-6-2
BLW 60811 5/1929
Canadian Forest Products (CANFOR) (acq.1948) 112 2-6-2T 90-ton BLW
CFP 112. It was retired in 1968 and put on display at CANFOR in Beaver
Cove, VI where it remains.
Canadian Forest Products 113 (ex M&B 1055 ex Alberni Pacific 6
ex Portland, Astoria & Pacific 102)
After years of retirement and display (1975-86) this engine was restored to operation (1988) primarily for excursions by CANFOR as public relations effort. It was retired again in 1994 due in part to the retirement of steam qualified employees.
Canadian Forest Products 117 (ex 17, ex 3) Acq. 1/1947 70-ton Shay
Lima 2687 9/1913 Englewood, VI
Canadian Forest Products fire car. 1956
Channel Logging 2, ex Camron Lbr. 1, Sahtlam Lake Lbr. nee Shawnigan
Lake Lbr. 2
Comox Logging & Railway
2 acq. 1910 ex Canwest 2 2-6-2T Baldwin 34291 7/1910
3 acq. 1911ex Canwest 3. 2-6-2 Baldwin 35871 1/1911
Comox Logging & Railway 7 (acq. 1920 ex PGE
2 nee Howe Sound & Northern 2) next to log ponds circa 1940's.
Comox Logging & Railway 11 acq. 1937 ex Simpson Logging, WA Baldwin
Comox Logging & Railway Co. log flat car.
Elk Falls 1 2-truck 50-ton Shay oil-fired. Lima 3289 10/1925 Elk Falls,
VI. November 1967.
This was the last steam locomotive in Canada in use for revenue freight. It switched the barge operation at Duncan Bay on Vancouver Island and the Elk Falls paper mill an isolated operation, having been transferred there from Comox Logging & Railway of parent company Crown Zellerbach Canada. It was finally retired in 1973 and in 1974 found its way to the National Museum of Science & Technology (now; Canada Science and Technology Museum) in Ottawa where it was eventually restored to occasional operation on their property. Built for Merrill & Ring Lumber 4, Thedosia Arm, BC, it was sold in May 1942 to Comox Logging and Railway 15 for their extensive logging railway at Ladysmith, VI. In 1951 it went to Elk Falls.
Osborn Bay Wharf 1, Crofton; ex Export Lbr. 1, ex Mayo Lbr. nee Hillcrest
Lumber Co. 1 (Cowichan Lake)
Two views of number 1 below lettered for Cowichan Valley Railway at
the British Columbia Forest Museum.
Hillcrest Lumber Co. Ltd. 9 50-ton Climax #1359 6/1915 Mesachie Lake,
VI. July 18, 1957
Hillcrest Lumber 9 2-truck 50-ton Climax 1359 6/1915
Hillcrest Lumber 10 Last Climax geared steam locomotive in Canada
MacMillan and Bloedel
M&B 2 on display in Port Alberni, VI. ex Alberni Pacific Lumber 2 nee Wiest Logging 1. Lima 2548 6/1912
MacMillan and Bloedel 1077 one of the last active steam logging engines.
It still exists in Chemainus. Another former M&B engine 2-6-2 1077 met a better fate, it still operates at Fort Steele BC Provincial Heritage Park along with yet another BC logging engine Canfor 115 a three truck Shay.
MacMillan & Bloedel 1044 was one of the last operating steam locomotives
Mac Millan Bloedel 1044 50-ton Shay Lima #3262 4/1924 with log flat
displayed at North Cowichan, VI
Mayo Lumber 3 50-ton Shay Lima #3262 4/1924 Displayed at Paldi, VI
by Mayo Lbr. 1959.
Mayo Lumber 3 Two photos Duncan, VI 8/29/2010 Graham Harrison
Osborne Bay Wharf
Osborne Bay Wharf 1 (acq. 3/1947 ex Mayo Lbr.) Shay Lima #3147 12/1920.
Another view from the other side of Osborne Bay Wharf 1.
No. 1 wood burning 28-ton Shay with crew posing. Lima 2253 2/1910
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