​A Westside Blockcar in its natural setting.

The car was loaded with scrap from the mill and then hauled out to the camps for cooking and heating.

West Side Lumber Co. Block Car “B”

Built: Flat car #79, circa 1900
Builder: Carter Brothers, Newark, CA
Modified to Block car configuration: circa 1940
Modified by: West side Lumber Co. Shops
Previous Owners:  Westside & Cherry Valley
JEC 1986
Donated to NCNGRR Museum 1987
Restoration: 2016 - 2017



NOTES: Originally the block cars carried blocks of wood that were used as chocks to stabilize the log loads on the 24-foot logging flat cars. When West Side obtained their skeleton log cars, the adjustable steel log bunks eliminated the need for a supply of blocks. In the later years, the cars were used to haul wood scraps from the mill to the logging camps for use in the camp stoves.

In the 1940’s, West Side Lumber Company shops built four block cars of slightly different configurations. Block car “B” was rebuilt on flat car #79, a 24-foot car originally built to a Carter Brothers design by the West Side Lumber Company shops. Both block cars were sold to Westside & Cherry Valley in the 1970’s. Block car “B” was sold to the Nevada County Historical Society in 1987. The car was fully restored in 2016 - 2017. Block Car “A” is identified by two boards above the doors while “B” has three boards above the doors.

Argent Lumber Co. #5  2-6-2 Prairie

Built in 1911 for Williamson & Brown Land and Lumber Company. To Argent Lumber Company Railroad, Hardeville, South Carolina 1916. To NCNGRR Museum on museum loan in 2013.


Caboose 1 -Westside Lumber Co.

Before and After a trip through the NCNGRRM shop. Built ca. 1919 for Swayne Lumber Co., Oroville, CA. Sold to West Side Lumber Co. in1940. Restored in 2012.

Caboose 1 – Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad
1937 – Original built in Grass Valley shop by NCNGRR Master Mechanic John Nolan.
1942 – Scrapped after closure of the NCNGRR
1986 – Replica built by John Christensen from original photographs and drawings by Herman Darr who acquired the dimensions from John Nolan.  Trucks and couplers came from West Side Lumber Company’s Block Car “A”.
2001 – Donated to NCNGRR Museum
2006 – Roof and cupola rebuilt, interior finished

Present – NCNGRR Museum, Nevada City, CA

Tank 187 - Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad
Length 26 feet, 4 inches.  Capacity 5,570 gallons.
Tank built 1888 by Central Iron Works, Harrisburg, PA
1906-1934 - Owned by Union Oil Co. and operated on Pacific Coast Railway flat No. 915
1934 - Acquired by Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and mounted on flat car 187

Present - Restored by NCNGRR Museum, Nevada City, CA

(Partial List)

Engine 10 - NCNGRR Museum

(This  is Museum’s No.10, not the original NCNGRR No.10)
Built April, 1943, Plymouth Locomotive Works
Construction: 4592, Model: FLB 
Weight: 5 tons, Gauge: 36”
Length: 12’0”, Wheel Base 39”
1943 - Sunflower Ordinance Works, DeSoto, Kansas
Sold to Apache Powder Co. No. 8, Benson (St. David), Arizona
1986 - Nevada County Historical Society.
2007 - Converted to 12v ignition system; air compressor added.

Present - NCNGRR Museum, Nevada City, CA

Rail Bus 9 - "Sarah Kidder"
     The rail bus is named for Sarah Kidder, president of the NCNGRR from 1901 to 1913.

      Built in the 1970's as Westside & Cherry Valley Railway’s No.9.  The rail bus soon ended its career in a collision with a parked Shay locomotive.
     The museum purchased the wreck in 1986 for $200.  The bus sat untouched for the next nineteen years.
     The remains were moved to the restoration shop in 2004.  Sierra winters had deteriorated the vehicle to the point that only the chassis, differential and wheels were salvageable.

Bus first restored in 2003-4 by Ralph Lansig as lead.  Another rebuild  in 2015 resulted in the vehicle you see today..  

     

Engine 1 - West Side Lumber Co.

West Side 8 ton Plymouth #1. Built in 1927. Sold to Garfield & Co., San Francisco, Cal. To Frank B. Marks, Newman, Cal. (1928). To Pickering Lumber Co. for West Side Lumber Co. To WS&CVRR 1968.  Donated to NCHS 2011 and restored in 2012.


Engine 13 - NCNGRR Museum

Built 2007-2009, Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Type: 0-4-0 Gauge: 36" 
Weight: 8,000 lbs. Tractive Effort: 1,300 lbs.
Wheel Base: Engine, 13'-0" Driving, 56"
Boiler: Forced draft steam generator, 135 psig
Fuel: Fuel oil, 300,000 BTU/hr
Cylinders: Diameter, 5.0" Stroke, 12.0"
Valve Gear: Baker (Inside admission)

NCNGRR Engine #5

Year Built: 1875
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia. PA
Configuration: 2-6-0 Mogul
Original Owner: Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co.
Previous Owners: NCNGRR 1899 to 1940
Universal Studios: 1940 to 1984 (Leased to NCNGRR    Museum in 1984)
Quickfire Dixon Boiler installed - 1960
Restoration to full steam operation was begun in late 2017. 

Rolling Stock

West Side Lumber Co. (two side window) Parts Car.

Located by John Christensen and purchased by NCHS from Matt Grebe on October 29, 1987. Periodic restorations in 1996, 2005, 2010 and completion in 2016. Dick Murundee and Dan Schlesinger as restoration leads.

Gondola 10 - West Side Lumber Co.
Built Circ. 1930 by West Side Lumber Co. as Tank Car 10
1957 - Tank scrapped. Converted to Sand Car 10
Circ. 1977 - Converted to open excursion car by Westside & Cherry Valley Railway
1986 - Sold to Matt Griebe, Carmichael, CA
1988 - Sold to NCNGRR Museum
2004 - Dismantled

2010 - Rebuilt to original gondola configuration

​Present - NCNGRR Museum, Nevada City, CA

Caboose 4 – West Side Lumber Co.
Built  1940 West Side Lumber Co.
1986 – Sold to Glen Tyra, Tuolumne, CA
1994 – Sold to Bev Cola, Placerville, CA
2011 – Sold to John Christensen

Present - Restored by NCNGRR Museum, Nevada City, CA

Boxcar 507 - Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad
1889 - Built 1889 by American Car & Foundry

Length: 30' Capy: 50,000 lbs.
1914 - Sold to Nevada-California-Oregon as 507.
1923 - Leased to Southern Pacific renumbered 26.
1928 - Sold to Southern Pacific
1955 - Sold to Universal Studios
1986 - To Nevada County Historical Society.
1996-2000 - Rebuilt and renumbered NCNGRR 142.
Present - NCNGRR Museum, Nevada City, CA

Passenger Coach 56 - Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad
Length: 40', 42 seats.
Built 1897 by St. Charles Car Co., St. Charles, MO.
1915 - Sold to Nevada-California-Oregon Railway.
1928 - Retired
1929 - Used as a cafe in Aden, CA.

​1970 – Used as a party room for a miniature golf course in Chico, CA
1984 – Acquired by Nevada County Historical society
2008 – Resided & painted
2012 – Damaged by falling tree
2017 – In storage at Nevada city Yards. Awaiting restoration.

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