Snow Post Cards

The McCloud River Railroad adorned with snow is one of the classic views we have of our grand lady. The yearly battle between man and machine and nature has provided some of the most dramatic stories and scenes ewe have seen of the railroad.  This site has been enhanced with the contribution of Charles Russell of these very high quality scans of original  four of which date from 1909 from the Miller studio. The date on the fifth is unknown. Especially striking to me on a pure history basis, is that all the engines are equipped with oil burning stacks, they are passed their “lump oil” stage, also the writer of the cards refers to the railroad’s terminus as being in Sisson…which we know was soon moved to Mt Shasta and the town of Sisson disappeared of the map. I want to personally thank the contributor for enriching the knowledge base of MCRR history.

The engines pictured below appear to be the #14 and # 15 engines were both 2-8-2 “Mikado” engines purchased from the Baldwin Locomotive works in 1907. The first oil burners in the McCloud livery were bucking snow in the winter of 1909. Two engines, one caboose (to keep the shovel crews warm until needed) and one bucker plow, a classic McCloud railroad snow train.

All images can be seen at full size by clicking on them


** Images from Charles Russell