SVRy. Engine #104. Train wreck at Jungle Creek, Middle Fork of John Day River in 1938.

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Collection Davis, Les
Photographer Ferguson, Landon
Date of photo 1938
Description SVRy. Engine #104. Train wreck at Jungle Creek, Middle Fork of John Day River in 1938. The area is a couple of miles south of Susanville on the south side of USFS Road 20. The tracks were a logging spur of the main line of the SVRy, which ran from Baker City to Prairie City. Burton Miller, Jr., was the engineer and Frank Mattson was the brakeman. Les Davis says, "Engine #104 wrecked four times. Oregon Lumber Co. had wanted an engin that was more powerful to pull larger loads. Narrower guage trucks were put under a standard guage engine. Theresult was that the engine was top heavy. Engine #104 wrecked twice on Dixie, once at Bates, and once on Jungle Creek.
Email dated 12-10-2013 from Jim Grigsby, SVRy expert: Number 104 was a Heisler Locomotive belonging to the Oregon Lumber Company. It was originally built for the standard gauge Nibley Hillguard Lumber Company but was moved to Whitney and cut down to narrow gauge in 1910, allegedly for the purpose of obtaining National Forest timber. The Nibley mill at Whitney burned in 1915 and the entire operation was taken over by OLC, of which C. W. Nibley was president. I'm not familiar with Jungle Creek, but that would be near the end of the OLC mainline down the Middle Fork John Day.
Object ID 2009.5.12
Place Jungle Creek, Middle Fork of John Day River, Grant Co., Oregon
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Credit Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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