United States Plywood Corporation 11
This logging locomotive (Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1926), class 7, was operated by Ostrander Railway and Timber Company as #7, then Weyerhaeuser Timber Company as #5, then Kosmos Timber Company, and United States Plywood Corporation as #11. It was built with a 2-6-6-2T (“Chesapeake” Tank) wheel arrangement but was rebuilt as a 2-6-6-2T+T (Tank + Tender) in 1939. Number 11 pulled log and lumber trains throughout its career in Oregon and Washington and was retired in 1960. It was donated to the University of Washington in 1961 for display, then transferred to Washington State Parks ownership in 1971 and moved to Snoqualmie. In 1972, the Northwest Railway Museum began a long-term lease of the locomotive and restored it to operational condition in 1974. Number 11 pulled trains on the museum’s interpretive railway until 1990, was restored between 2002 and 2005. It is currently on display at the Snoqualmie Depot and seasonally available to cab visitation.
The Northwest Railway Museum has completed the first phase in the restoration of steam locomotive #11. The locomotive was placed on exhibit in Snoqualmie on Friday, February 11,2005 at the corner of Snoqualmie Parkway and Railroad Ave. The new exhibit location was constructed by the Museum in partnership with the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce and will be one of the cornerstones for the new Snoqualmie Gateway Park now under construction.
Phase one restoration of #11 has returned the locomotive to its 1956 appearance. Over 2,000 hours of work was performed by volunteers from the Northwest Railway Museum and the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce and included cleaning, sash and door replication, replacement of several missing features, painting and lettering. The project was guided by six Museum Volunteers who contributed over 150 hours each: Dale Campbell, Richard Wilkens, Dan Calhoun, Dick Huntamer, Martin Nemerever, and Ralf Sampson.
Locomotive 11, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1926, is a 104-ton steam locomotive with two separate engines under one boiler, a locomotive type commonly utilized on logging railroads throughout the Northwest. Locomotive #11 was retired in 1961 and is now owned by Washington State Parks. It was moved to Snoqualmie in 1972 and is on long-term loan to the Northwest Railway Museum.