Linville River Railway 
    Along the ET&WNC Volume I: Early Locomotives

Geared Engines of the Linville River Railway

Linville River Railway Number 1, a two-truck Shay, construction number 949, was the main motive power of the early LR operations. She pulled the daily-except-Sunday mixed train from Pineola to Cranberry. This engine, though not operable, still exists to this day and is the only remaining piece of rolling stock from the Linville River Railway. Doug Walker Collection. 








   Hey, this Climax picture won't load right now, but if you buy "Along the ET&WNC Volume I", it is located
on p. 82.

Chester Ford stands beside the Linville River Railway Climax in this only-known photograph of this elusive locomotive. It was a basic 25-ton Class B Climax, built in 1905. Courtesy of Ken Riddle.

The locomotive at left was technically not a Linville River Railway engine, but it was a W.M. Ritter locomotive. This Class A Climax was dubbed the "Black Satchel" and is shown here near Pineola. This engine would have been the original Linville River #1, as the LR shay (upper photo) did not arrive on the line until 1905. It possibly migrated over to the nearby Boone Fork Lumber Company in its later days, though this cannot be confirmed. Doug Walker collection.

At the turn of the 20th Century, the most exciting events for many communities was the Sunday excursion. Here, a crowd poses around W.M. Ritter Number 2, a Climax affectionately known as "Old Grandmother, and the Linvile River Railway's only passenger car. This photograph is dated June 21, 1902 at Pineola (also called Saginaw), North Carolina. Doug Walker Collection.

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