Locomotive 108 at the Snoqualmie
At the Northwest Railway Museum two of the criteria used to evaluate the collection are support of the Mission and redundancy. A decade ago, a number of large artifacts including an electric locomotive from Utah, a coach from the Midwest, and a steam locomotive from California were deaccessioned (removed) from the Collection. However, the process of evaluating the collection continues every day.
For more than 40 years, the Museum has had custody or ownership of three Mallet-type 2-6-6-2 steam locomotives. All three have a great deal in common: they operated in the Pacific Northwest; were built within a few years of each other, by the Baldwin Locomotive Works; are nearly identical in design and size; illustrate the same narrative (they tell the same story); and each require tremendous resources to properly care for. With those facts, the Museum Board of Trustees and Staff reached a consensus to deaccession one 2-6-6-2 Mallet steam locomotive. So which one?
The Museum's Trustees
required insulation to be
removed before the l08
could leave the property.
Locomotive 108 was prepared for shipping
at the Museum's Conservation and
coverage in the event of a mechanical problem or other issue. So the stage was set for an appropriate and welcome change in ownership that would assure a bright future for this valuable museum artifact.
Locomotive 108's boiler hoisted onto
a truck for the 20 hour journey to Hill
City, South Dakota.
The rear steam engine hoisted onto a
truck bound for the Black Hills Central.