188Re: [NVnarrowgauge] Bodie Railway & Lumber "Tybo"
- Dec 10, 2004Brian, Have you written to NG &SL to let them know
about their error??
--- Brian Norden <bnorden49@...> wrote:
> In the newest issue of Narrow Gauge & Short Line__________________________________
> Gazette there is an
> article on the Bodie Railway & Lumber Company. This
> is evidently the
> first part of a series on the railroad and it covers
> the three 2-6-0s
> that the line operated.
> The author writes:
> "Sometime between 1899 and 1906 (or perhaps
> 1908). TYBO was sold to
> the Inyo development Co. at Keeler, California.
> Again she was
> reconditioned by the V&T shop crew. The locomotive
> then ran down the
> C&C to Keeler, where she served the Inyo Co. until
> about 1926, when she
> was apparently scrapped."
> This is not totally correct. I have read through
> the records of the
> Inyo Development Co that in the Special Collections
> of the UNR Library.
> The Inyo Development Co purchased the locomotive for
> $750 in 1899.
> Apparently it was hauled to Hawthorne by way of
> Sweetwater. There is a
> $2.50 payment for a "Spl. Messenger Bodie to
> Sweetwater Oct 10th Engine
> Tybo." Then it took between 1-1/2 to 2 days to
> unload the engine; the
> labors were W. Box and C.A. Box (one of these was a
> Hawthrone area local
> amateur photographer) and Fred Belzar. From there
> it apparently moved
> directly to Keeler. On 10/30 the Inyo Development
> paid freight on a
> Smoke stack from Keeler to Carson for $3.05 and then
> on 10/31 paid
> $49.20 for the repair of the smokestack for the
> It was then in 1902 that the engine made a trip to
> the V&T shop for
> repair work. In March of 1902 the Baldwin
> Locomotive Works wrote to
> Yerington quoting on replacement cylinders for the
> engine. These BLW
> could ship "promptly" as rough castings; however, it
> BLW as to do the
> machine work shipment could be made in about three
> months. The
> correspondence from Yerington to the manager in
> Keeler indicates that
> the repair work was going on during September of
> 1902 and took much
> longer than planned. The engine finally was to
> leave "Wednesday
> morning" after September 28th.
> The photo of the engine at Dayton was taken on this
> trip. Yerington
> provides the names of the engineer and fireman being
> sent from Carson to
> Keeler along with the engine. Sometime after that
> were some problems
> for Yerington wrote, " [Tybo] has had an awful time
> reaching Keeler,
> from foaming, bad fuel, heating of rods, guides
> etc., probably from
> being pulled in a train from Junction to Bishop."
> Brian Norden
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