Rayonier Fire Car

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Recent Restorations at Snoqualmie

This little car started life as a Polson Lumber Company side dump car. At some point in its life, it was rebuilt into a fire car. The wood center sill, dump pivot brackets and dump box were removed. A wood deck was added, on which a 1000 gallon tank was placed. A pump was mounted on one end, both to draw water from nearby water sources and to spray water on small fires if needed. A wooden tool box was added to the other end. It kept it's original 24" wheels and journal boxes. It was originally painted red oxide with a black frame. Later the oxide red was changed to fire engine red.
 
The car was rebuilt, possibly in the early to mid 1970s. At that time, a new deck was applied, the tank was moved toward the tool box end a bit, a plywood tool box replaced the original plank one, hand rails were added to the top of the tank, a new steel hose reel was added, and a new pump was installed.
 
The car was in use until the railroad was abandoned. It's last known use was for weed spraying service.
 

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Rayonier fire car, subject of the latest restoration project.

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Looking at the tool box end.

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The tool box end.

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Looking at the pump end.

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The pump end. The pump sits in the holder to the right.

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All photos Copyright 2003 by Martin Nemerever. Duplication prohibited without permission.