|Photo of "dinky" railroad picking up construction material |
from a barge, from Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
|Tourists riding "dinky" railroad shows how small it was,|
from from Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
|Section of rail from "dinky" railroad|
contributed by Dale Webber for
a 2014 exhibit on Bayocean at the
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
The Webbers led a 1972 search party that found remnants of "dinky" rails, which they promptly hid on the spit and later shared among those involved. Thankfully, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum received a piece one for its archives.
A "dinky" rail system was also used by the Whitney Lumber Company, over at Kilchis Point, starting in 1919. This was after Bayocean Park was completed, so this may be where their engine ended up. According to Gary Albright, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Director, and driving force behind the Kilchis Point Reserve, the rounded point at the end of the Reserve trail was deposited after the ocean created a 3/4 mile wide gap in the Bayocean in November 1952. Kilchis Point proper is south of the Reserve on private land. The end of the trail would have been a little bay where Whitney dumped its logs, to be taken to its mill in Garibaldi.
|Plaque along the Kilchis Point Reserve trail|