McCloud River Railroad
The McCloud River Railroad rostered a small number of wooden boxcars throughout its history. Their general use is unknown at this late date, i.e. if they saw much off-line service or if the company used them in a manner similar to the lumber flats. In later years, the railroad used the boxcars primarily to move lumber company supplies and equipment between McCloud and the outlying camps.
3021-3049 (Odd Numbers)- 40-foot, single sheath, outside braced. Work order issued 9/1/1914. Blt. 10/1914 by Pullman in Chicago, IL, as an add-on to an order for 2,000 identical cars placed by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Cost $1,080 purchase plus $90 freight each. Cars shipped from Chicago under load. Cars blt. under the "Fowler" patent, featuring elongated holes in the sheathing at the point the boards attached to the steel frame, allowing the boards to be adjusted.
#3021 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2315
#3023 conv. 4/1935 to log flat #2319
#3025 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2311
#3027 conv. 3/22/1934 to log flat #2301
#3029 conv. 1/1938 to log flat #2325
#3031 conv. 8/1941 to tool car #1733
#3033 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2321
#3035 conv. 1/1938 to log flat #2327
#3037 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2313
#3039 conv. 4/1934 to log flat #2305
#3041 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2309
#3043 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2317
#3045 conv. 4/1934 to log flat #2303
#3047 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2323
#3049 conv. 3/1935 to log flat #2307
The railroad loaded one of the newly delivered boxcars with lumber for display at the Panama-Pacific Exposition through 1915. The car is seen here with the rest of the display train immediately prior to departing McCloud. T.E. Glover Collection.
The end of one of these boxcars is visible to the left of caboose #05. Jeff Moore collection.
Good shots of the Pullman boxcars are hard to come by. While the photo is principally featuring the wrecked log flat, to the right is what can only be the #3031- the only remaining unrebuilt car of this type by this date- in McCloud in late 1940 or early 1941. Jeff Moore collection.
3051, 3053- 42-foot, 40-ton capacity boxcars, purchased 7/1946 from the Western Pacific. Cost $663.98 ($484.92 f.o.b. Hambone, plus $179.06 conditioning). Former WP numbers not recorded, but they appear to be from WP's 16001-18300 series, built new by Mount Vernon Car in 1917 and 1918. Used only for interline movements, such as supply shipments to and from outlying camps. #3051 painted red 4/1957. Cars retired late 1969/early 1970.
McCloud River boxcar #3053 behind the McCloud depot. Pacific Northwest Virtual Logging Data Center.
Another shot of McCloud River boxcar #3053 sitting behind the McCloud depot building around 1959. Photo by and courtesy of Ed Burggraf.
One last shot of the #3053, this time coupled to outfit cars in the McCloud yard. Pacific Northwest Virtual Logging Data Center.