Heisler Locomotive Notes
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This page provides various additional information about selected individual Heisler locomotives found on this site. The information is organized by Shop Number (S/N).
- Green Lumber Co. - added 11/26/2002
Although the road number on the side of the cab shows a #8, David Price confirmed his roster information does show the recorded road number at Green Lumber Company as being #3.
s/n 1351 - Blake Brothers Construction #1 - added 9/24/2002
From - "The Western Railroader", May
1965, Vol.28, No.5; Issue 304
Article provided courtesy of Marc Reusser
Marc explains the "traction company shops" referred in the article:
"The Key System and Oakland Traction Co. leased land from Blake Brothers so they could run their line through the quarry and company grounds to a ferry pier built by the Richmond and San Rafael Ferry Co., which was adjacent to B.B.'s rock/barge pier. Later, this line was relocated, improved, and jointly financed by Key System and Blake Brothers. This line was built as the common carrier "Castro Point Railway and Terminal Co." "
s/n 1354 - Snohomish Logging Co. #6 - added 8/11/2002
The locomotive is being delivered from the factory as part of a west bound freight train. The Heisler company's delivery practice for new locomotives was to transport those standard gauge locomotives weighing more than 40 tons using their own wheels. The company would contract with the required railroads to have the locomotive transported as part of a regularly scheduled freight train. New locomotives that were narrow gauge or weighing less than 40 tons were loaded onto flat cars for delivery.
The gears were removed from those transported on their own wheels to allow the wheels to rotate freely and at the same speeds as the remainder of the cars in the transport train.
The Snohomish locomotive photo shows the company's practice of removing items subject to theft or damage and placing them in the cab for safe keeping during the journey. The bell, whistle, sand dome cap, and road number "spot plate" have been so removed. The headlight face has been "boarded up" to prevent damage. The sand dome cap has been temporarily replaced with a circular cover plate to prevent loss of the cap. The large "Heisler" sign located next to the boiler was for advertising purposes in transit.
What is unusual in this photograph is the lack of protection for the windows. They were typically "boarded up" also to prevent damage in transport.
A Heisler company engineer would travel with the locomotive to its destination. He would have living provisions and stay in the cab during the trip. Expediting the delivery, lubrication, and final setup at the customer's location were some of his responsibilities. 130d
s/n 1424 - W. T. Smith Lbr. Co. #15 - added 01/08/2013
Although the specifications noted
for this locomotive are from
Heisler Locomotive 1891 - 1941, this author questions their accuracy for
the following reasons:
#1. The build date noted for s/n 1423 and 1425 from the above source is 1920.
#2. This site's photo depicts a locomotive that is larger than the 22 ton build weight noted in the above source.
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