Restore the 4!
Let's restore the rare Willamette geared locomotive on display in Port Angeles, Washington!
The much-loved Rayonier #4, a rare geared locomotive built in 1924 by Willamette Iron and Steel in Portland, Oregon, has been on display in Port Angeles since 1960. She worked for Long-Bell Lumber until 1947, and then for Rayonier Incorporated until she was retired in 1960 and donated to the City of Port Angeles. She is on display along Lauridsen Boulevard at the corner of Chase Street, where generations of locals and visitors have admired her.
She received a full restoration and paint job in 1960, just before Rayonier shipped her to Port Angeles. However, she has been sitting in the open since moving to Port Angeles, and time and the elements have taken their toll. She has rusted extensively, to the point that she just isn't the proud monument to local timber industry history and heritage that she used to be. The local community has been seeking opportunities to help restore her for several years, and we are finally able to announce that we're ready to get started!
The project has started moving! The asbestos removal contractor has completed their phase of the project! Check out the Photos page for pictures!
Come visit the Restore the 4! team at the Washington State Model Train Show and Marketplace February 24th and 25th at the Evergreen State Fairgounds in Everett. Doors open at 10am each day, and we'll be there with project updates and info, as well as T-Shirts, hats and videos for sale to help raise funds! More info: www.unwclub.com/unwshow
The project is happening in partnership between the City of Port Angeles (through its Parks and Recreation Department) and the local community. The community efforts are being led by North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders, a local organization dedicated to railroad history. Other partners, including service clubs and Rayonier Inc., are also joining the project. The work will come in four phases, each with a cost associated with it. Port Angeles's City Council has allocated funding for the first phase; this project is working to raise funds for the next two phases. Design work for the final phase has not yet been completed, so the cost for that phase has yet to be determined.
2 - Restoration
Rust removal, metal repairs, priming, painting, and making the locomotive look like new, and then building a shelter over the top, to protect from the rain.
The estimated cost for this phase is $70,000.
3 - Adding a log car
We're currently searching for an appropriate log car to be added behind #4. We want her to look just like she did when she worked in the forests of western Clallam County!
The estimated cost for this phase is $20,000.
4 - History Display and Park Improvements
In the final phases of the project, we'll turn the locomotive site into a fun and functional park that tells the story of the Olympic Peninsula's logging heritage.
Costs: to be determined, but the City is actively talking with local organizations who will partner to make it happen.
The project will be funded largely through fundraising efforts in the local community. We urge you to consider a donation (large or small) to help fund the restoration. Even a few dollars will help! Note that donations made through the project are made to North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donations may be tax deductible (consult your tax advisor).
Some selected quotes from project supporters:
"I'm so glad to see an interest in fixing this up. My grandpa worked on trains as did his father, so it definitely would great to see it fixed up. " (Port Angeles, WA)
"I saw #4 running in Sekiu, in 1957 and worked at Hoko Camp in 1964." (Yakima, WA)
"Cheering you on from the east coast! " (Kernersville, South Carolina)
"I was born in PA in the 50's. I always love that corner of the roads. Better than a roundabout!" (California)
"My grandfather was a train engineer for the Shay in Forks and others " (Forks, WA)
"This is an exciting project! You are bringing history alive! A worthy project." (Miami, FL)
"#4 worked long and hard to make Clallam County prosperous. Lets take care of it so our future kids can see our history." (Sequim, WA)
"Please make this happen. It would be a shame to let this wonderful piece of history disappear." (Port Angeles, WA)
"I've looked at #4 my whole life and always hoped that she could be dressed up again with a roof over her for at least some protection against the elements. Progress is finally happening and that puts a big ole smile on my face." (Port Angeles, WA)
"I've loved seeing #4 since I was too young to remember. So glad it is making a comeback! (Sequim, WA)