Three trainmen were killed in January 1953 when a landslide took their engine into the icy Eel River near Scotia. A memorial to them was established in Eureka near the Northwestern Pacific railroad station. It was later moved to the Fortuna Depot Museum. The pictures of the salvage attempt were taken by NWP worker Bill Bish and are located in the Museum. Below is the 1953 Times Standard news item about the memorial's dedication. The engine was scrapped.
Pictures of the salvage attempt are on the next page. Photos were taken by Bill Bliss, NWP employee.
Northern California railroad pictures are from past calendars by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society. Become a member!
The Alton & Pacific Railroad was a privately owned tourist attraction located on Highway 36 in nearby Alton. It no longer exists.
Heralded the "City of Fortuna", this steam locomotive, originally the Hammond Lumber Company Number 16, was once located near the entrance in Rohner Park. It is now being operated as an excursion train in Washington.
More information about this ALCO 2-8-2T.
Pictures and information on local railroad depots.