Rayonier was the last of an American railroad icon – the Northwestern US steam powered logging railroad. The Rayonier mainline was 45 miles long, and featured several serviceable engines including articulated 2-6-6-2’s. Two are seen on log trains including #14 and ex-Sierra Railway #38. We are also treated to 2-8-2 #90 in operation, and see some scenes at Railroad Camp, which was the engine facility for the steam locomotives. There is coverage of the ceremonial last steam runs, and even a run of engine 90 for a TV crew. Maynard Laing ventured to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to capture the end of an era, with steam locomotives working the forests hauling out fresh log trains to the mill. Mr. Laing has some very good footage here which includes operations in 1960 and 1961. Mr. Laing not only preserved these images on 16mm film, but he also purchased engine #70, a 2-8-0, which is seen on a freight train being towed to a new home. The wonderful vintage film is united here with vintage sounds, from Elwin Purington, of actual Rayonier locomotives – so the images and sound, though joined later in the studio, are both authentic, and historic, Rayonier!
Rayonier The Last Steam Logger
Rayonier was the last of an American railroad icon – the Northwestern US steam powered logging railroad.
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