THE 1364 AT NALLEYS VALLEY
Even though the 1364 was spared scrapping from the “new and modern” diesel locomotive, a new fate awaited. The “new and modern” ferry terminal needed the right of way where the 1364 was parked. A group, Trains Inc, got the idea that they could revive the 1364 and run her again. One of the members of this group was the still young, Jack Anderson. The group leased a siding at Nallys Valley and moved the 1364 there in 1974 and began the restoration. The task was daunting and like the remodeler’s cliche, “You don’t know what you are getting into until you remove the sheetrock”. This situation proved true when the 1364 was dismantled for repair and the hidden problems were now revealed. The subtle enemy, rust, never sleeps! Now with the 1364 disassembled, superheater pipes and other parts exposed to a wet climate, rust now was working overtime. Because the project had proven more difficult than first thought, the projected date of completion became now past tense. The lease on the track ran out in 1979, and once again the 1364 had to be moved to an even more hostile environment, the Tacoma tide flats. Now rust had a new ally, salty damp air. Here the 1364 would remain for 6 years. The promised funding did not come through. So in 1985 the 1364 was moved to Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad near the town of Mineral WA where the locomotive could rust in peace.
to be continued on Pg 3….click for more