McCloud River Railroad
McCloud maintenance flat #825 in 1984. Pat Holden photograph, Jeff Moore collection.
The McCloud railroad traditionally used log or lumber flats for maintenance and/or work chores.
Except for a few cars designated as material cars,
the railroad started designating flats specifically for work service starting in the 1930s.
500, 501, 502- 51-foot, 6-inch long, 50-ton capacity flat cars, ex-Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) #2562, #2563, and #2565. Purchased 11/1956 from Bottsford. Cost $2304.90. #500 retired 1971. #501 converted circa 1963 to a passenger flat, then converted back to m-o-w use by the late 1970s. By mid-1980s the car had been assigned to Burro crane #1851 as a boom car. Deeded circa 1987 to Great Western Railway Museum as part of a lawsuit settlement. Stored in McCloud 1987-2010, then purchased at auction by owner of land it rested on. Scrapped fall 2010. #502 converted to a passenger flat shortly after arrival and retired by the early 1980s.
583- Material car, converted from log flat #583. Converted 10/1928 to log flat #1961.
741/1519- 38-foot Donkey flat, built 2/1910 in company shops. Equipped to carry steam donkey engines. Re-numbered circa 1924 to #1519; Retired 9/1934.
*UPDATE 27 January 2019: I had long assumed, based on conversations with others, that flatcars MR 820-825 detailed below were former Southern Pacific class F-70-10 flats, and they are recorded as such in The McCloud River Railroads book. Subsequently, information came to light that Western Pacific originally constructed these 50-foot long, 50-ton capacity cars from kits in their Sacramento shops in November and December 1953. WP numbered them 2701-2802. In 1959, WP converted fifteen of these cars into trailer or caontainer on flat car intermodal service, renumbering them WP 1926-1941 in the process. McCloud River purchased these six cars from WP in 1972 at a cost of $400 each; it's likely but not certain they all came from the 1926-1941 series.
820- Specially equipped as a transport vehicle for the Cat 966 loader. Sold 1992 to McCloud Railway. Loading ramps removed circa 1993. Car appears to have been re-built 1995 to passenger flat #827.
821- Started out as a m-o-w flat. Coverted 7/1972 to sand car by mounting an 8,000 gallon tank car body (likely salvaged from a 2000-series tank car) onto the flatcar. Listed as #504 in The Official Railway Equipment Register after 1977, though photograph evidence only shows the car stenciled #821. Received roller bearing trucks circa 1990. Sold 1992 to McCloud Railway. In late 1992/ early 1993 the railroad rolled the sand car body off the flat and rebuilt the car to the new equipment transport flat, replacing the #820 in this service. Loading ramps removed by 2007, and the flatcar remains stored in McCloud pending disposition.
822- Used in general m-o-w service. Sold 1992 to McCloud Railway. Received roller bearing trucks. In 1998, the railroad mounted railings and a loading ramp on the car, dedicating it to troop train service during the annual Civil War days in McCloud. Scrapped late 2006 in McCloud.
823 Used in general m-o-w service until 4/1977, when the railroad mounted the tank car body from sand car #503. The Official Railway Equipment Register continued listing the car as #503 after the conversion, though photographs show the car stenciled only as #823. Sand car dismantled circa 1988, with flatcar converted back to work service. Sold 1992 to McCloud Railway. Scrapped 1/2008.
824- Used in general m-o-w service. By mid-1980s the railroad had mated the car to Crane #70 and had given it a black paint job to match the crane. Received roller bearing trucks circa 1990. Sold 1992 to McCloud Railway. Re-built spring 1994 as a passenger flat. A photo page of this car can be found in the Passenger Equipment section off the Equipment Roster page.
825- Used in general m-o-w service. Retired circa 1992.
826- 57 foot flat car. Unknown origin or acquisition date, but appears to be a former SP flat. Converted spring 1995 to a passenger flat. A photo page of this car can be found in the Passenger Equipment section off the Equipment Roster page.
1000- 50-foot flat. Converted circa 1977 from PLYX #1000. Short remnants of the car ends left in place as bulkheads following the conversion. The railroad initially used the car to handle intraline lumber movements between P&M Cedar Products mills in McCloud and Mt. Shasta City, and then later primarily as a tie car. Sold 1992 to McCloud Railway. Received roller bearing trucks. By 1998 the McCloud Railway installed railings and a loading ramp on the car and dedicated it to troop train service during the annual Civil War days in McCloud. Scrapped late 2006 in McCloud.
1001- Flat car, converted 1977 from an all door car PLYX #1452 for on-line lumber shipments. Equipped with log bunks by the late 1980s. Scrapped circa 1990.
1217,1231, 1247, 1271, 1279, 1285, 1433- Rail and tie flats, converted 1930-1932 from log flats of the same number. All cars except 1217 and 1285 retired 6/1949, with the last two retired late 1958/early 1959.
1719, 1721: Material flat cars, 30-ton capacity, built 5/1940 by McCloud car shop. Originally classified as tie cars, then equipped July 1941 with temporary tracks. Both converted to water cars of the same number prior to 1948.
1927- Rail flat, converted circa 7/1932 from log flat of the same number. Retired 6/1949.
2245, 2261- Maintenance of way flats. #2245 converted 1950 from water car #2061; #2261 converted from log flat of the same number. Both cars retired circa 1965.
2331- 38-foot flat, rebuilt 4/1948 from SP stock car #74598 which had wrecked 5/3/1947 at Milepost 2.5. Originally classified as a tie flat. Rebuilt to a fuel tank car of the same number prior to 1959.
2621- Shovel car (used to transport steam shovels), converted from log flat #2621. Retired 12/1950.
2855- 40-foot, 50-ton capacity, steel frame. Salvaged from former Western Pacific box car #19034, purchased 1/1940 as salvage. Retired sometime between 1958 and 1963.
2979, 2981, 2987- Maintenance of way flats, converted in the early 1950s from log cars of the same numbers. Retired by 1965.
In addition to the above, the McCloud Railway utilized two frames from scrapped boxcars (one incentive per diem car, one all door car) as maintenance flats.