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 with the #21. From the collection of Dennis Sullivan.

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.


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, and as such when the California State Railroad Museum decided in 2008 to reduce its collection the Timber Heritage Association gladly accepted the locomotive and returned it to the shores of Humboldt Bay. Timber Heritage has been associated with Fort Humboldt State Historic Park and the logging equipment on display there for decades while it has pursued its other goals, namely a redwood logging museum in the Eureka area and a tourist railroad on the remnants of the Northwestern Pacific around the shores of Humboldt Bay. The #3 with #21's tender has joined most of the organization's collection in the former Hammond Lumber Company roundhouse in Samoa, California.

The D&C #3 in Eureka, sometime prior to the operation closing in 1953. 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 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.