McCloud River Railroad Company
Locomotive #21

Baldwin 2-6-2
Built- 1/1924
c/n- 57618
Drivers- 46"
Cylinders- 17x24
Weight- 132,000 lbs.
Boiler pressure- 185 lbs.
Tractive effort- 23,700 lbs.

Locomotive #21 on the McCloud turntable.

#21 in Pondosa. R.H. Carlson.

A log train behind the #21 and #23 taking on water at Ditch Creek. Dennis Sullivan collection.

While the #21 worked mostly out of Pondosa, it would go to other parts of the system as needed. It's seen here new White Horse. T.E. Glover collection.

The #21 switching the McCloud yard on 8 September 1947. Note the fire pump has been relocated from the running board to the back of the tender.

Another view of the #21 in McCloud on 8 September 1947.

#21 in Pondosa in September 1948. Guy L. Dunscomb image, Jeff Moore collection.

#21 is seen here in Southern Pacific's Bayshore Yard on its way to the scrap yard. While passing through Stockton the tender of the #21 was swapped with a that of Stockton Terminal & Eastern #3, which was undergoing an attempted restoration at the time. The #21's tender remained in Stockton, while the tender of the #3 continued on to scrap with the #21. From the collection of Dennis Sullivan.

The ST&E #3, another Baldwin 2-6-2 (c/n 55248, built 1922), had spent the bulk of its life working for the Dolbeer & Carson Lumber Company out of Eureka, California, first for their subsidiary Humboldt Northern Railroad off the north shore of Humboldt Bay and then directly for the company on their logging railroad running up the Elk River drainage southeast from Eureka. D&C sold the #3 to the Stockton, Terminal & Eastern after shutting down their railroad in 1953, and it closed out the steam era on that road.

The D&C #3 in Eureka. The obvious damage to the tender goes a long ways towards explaining why the ST&E would be in the market for a replacement tender in a few short years.

The #21's tender seen behind the ST&E #3 in their Stockton engine house.

Two color views of the ST&E #3 with the #21's tender outside that road's Stockton enginehouse. C.G. Heimerdinger, Jr.

The Stockton Terminal & Eastern eventually donated their #3, still with the #21's tender, to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, CA. The following four photos are courtesy of Dennis Sullivan and show the tender while it was in Sacramento.

California State Railroad Museum in 2008 decided to thin its collection and placed the #3 on its disposal list. The Timber Heritage Association jumped at the chance to return the locomotive to Humboldt Bay, and it has since resided in the old Hammond Lumber/Georgia Pacific shop building in Samoa, California.

The D&C #3 as it appears in 2019. Jason Moore photo.
The #21's tender in the back of the old Hammond troundhouse. Jason Moore photo.

The #3 in Samoa in September 2023. Jeff Moore photo.

A broadside view of the McCloud lettering on the #3's tender. Jeff Moore photo.

The T-21 plate welded onto the tender. Jeff Moore photo.