V&T Locomotive No 10: Washoe

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wnhpcphoto0259-s.jpg V&T #10 "The Washoe", as Skagit Valley Railroad #3.

V&T Locomotive No. 10, also known as "The Washoe", is a historic locomotive that once ran on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.

History

The Washoe was built in 1871. It was a 2-6-0 engine, build by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

In August 1881 the Washoe was sold to the Oregon Railway & Navigation Co., along with #6 Comstock, #15 Aurora, and #16 Ophir.

The engine went through several more owners until it was finally scrapped in the early 20th century.

  • 1881 - Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. #42
  • 1890 - Union Pacific #1379
  • 1894 - OR&N #16
  • February, 1903 - Skagit Valley Railroad #3
  • Mason County Logging #5

1880 Wreck

On April 21, 1880, the Washoe went off the tracks in the Carson River Canyon and down the hill, ending up in the river. Roadmaster George F. Hayward was killed and several others injured, After the accident the engine was repaired and put back into service. But already traffic on the railroad was declining, and the next year the Washoe was sold.

News Report

This report of the crash is from the Carson Morning Appeal, April 22, 1880.

An engine and nineteen dump cars wrecked. Road Master George F. Hayward killed and five persons injured. A stone falling on the track the cause. Yesterday afternoon at half past 1 o’clock an accident occurred on the V. & T. Railroad between the Vivian and Merrimac Mills (Carson River) which killed the road master and injured the engineer, fireman, conductor and two brakemen

The freight train was rounding a curve when it suddenly came upon two boulders, which had been washed on the track following a storm. The train consisted of two flat cars, nine ore dumps drawn by engines Merrimac and Washoe. When the forward engine struck the boulder, the trucks left the track to the right while the Washoe lurched to the left, snapped a coupling and piled cars alongside the Merrimac. Rocks and flatcars followed the Washoe sixty feet to the river below.

When the news of the accident reached the city there was a general gathering of people at the V&T Depot, anxious to hear from the scene of the accident. A locomotive and passenger car was immediately sent to bring down the body of Mr. Hayward and the wounded men as a crowd increased at the depot. About 4 o’clock the wounded were brought in by car. The body of Hayward was placed in the baggage room.

Dalton was laid on a stretcher and taken to his home in an omnibus — insensible. Others injured were transported to their homes as conveyances arrived. The sleet and snow were falling thickly and canvas was put over the wounded men to keep them from the storm. Coroner Foster and another gentleman, a Mason, were deputized to take the mournful intelligence to Hayward’s wife. She seemed to read the dreadful news in their faces and broke forth in a paroxysm of grief in which three children joined.

The Washoe engine is a total wreck and lies bottom side up in the Carson River. Ten ore dumps filled with Union ore and two flat cars lie in a heap beside it. All are badly broken up and the damage may be many thousand dollars. The repairs of the track occupied nearly all night and there was no down train from Virginia City last evening.

(Source, Nevada Appeal Past Pages, April 25 - May 1, 2010.)

Photos

wnhpcphoto0258-s.jpg Washoe as Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. #42

wnhpcphoto0257-s.jpg Washoe on the V&T.

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