The Pacific Northwest Tour,2003

St Maries River Railroad - Plummer


The St Maries River is a shortlinehauling mainly logs. It makes extensive use of formerMilwaukeemainline and equipment. The sections we will be travelling form partof the territory of the Company that was known as the "Gap" or thesection that was not electrified.

This day, Tuesday July 1, 2003, we are headingtowards Plummer, travelling on some of the Milwaukee mainline. thisis 132lb rail in stunning condition, and includes a trip across LakeBenewah. There is a viaduct that carries the line. One would thinkthat a viaduct would be level. This one is, except at one end wherethe grade into St Maries starts.

This is a busy Shortline, still carrying timber.Indeed it is owned by Potlatch Forests Inc. The workshops are wellequiped ,and appear to do a great job in maintainingeverything.

The section tomorrow, up to Bovill, still sees logtraffic as well. The St Maries meets the UnionPacific at Plummer.

Ted Hoheisel very kindly offered me his MT19,which it turned out, had a minor bug. Thanks to Dan and his mates inthe Kentucky Hirail, I was pushed twice to keep rolling. When westopped I spent 5 minutes trouble shooting, and had her running likea clock. I met with Bill Taylor, who has the unenviable job ofassisting Jan edit the SETOFF.

What a great treat. Heavy Iron and an MT19. ThanksYet again, Ted.

After we returned to StMaries, there was an informal barbie cumend of run get together, down by the river. I am told a very goodtime was had by all!

And No, I did not stick Molsonlabels onto everything!


The railroads own MT19.

The Railways Depot and Head Office.

My Stead for the day - Teds MT19

The St Maries still makes use of former Milwaukee Road plant, thisbeing a snow plow.

The Blue Machine from the Vanderspek Fleet, with John Blackconversing with Carl and George.

Heading out, its logs, logs,logs.

The Lake Benewah Viaduct

The Viaduct at Sunset

Another of the Viaduct at Sunset.

Yep we were on some big iron.

The office at Plummer. The railroad kindly dropped offport-a-pottys for us.

One happy Camper!

Back along the Viaduct.

Thanks yet again for the loan, Ted. The MT19 has been set offready for loading up.


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