Clallam Bay Southern
Back To Clallam County
Created 5/1/08
To Bloedel Donovan
To Rayonier
This railroad was  formed when Goodyear Logging Company was bought out by Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills in 1923.  
Bloedel Donovan turned Goodyear's mainline from the log dump at Sekiu to the Clallam River into the first part of the
CBS, they then extended it over Burnt Mountain using a tunnel and down to a point just below Beaver Creek Falls. Here
the CBS split with one fork reaching just north of Forks, and the other one heading down to Sappho and the Sol Duc
Valley. When Bloedel Donovan sold out to Rayonier in 1945, all of this line was abandoned except for the section
running along the south side of Tyee Ridge to Sappho. This part was kept and rebuilt by Rayonier, including the section
of grade up to and along Fawnstock Creek to a reload so that loaded log trucks could bring trees off of Forest Service
land in the 1950's to Rayonier trains. Although this railroad was solely owned by Bloedel Donovan and was actually
Bloedel Donovan, never had any locomotives of its own, and ended operations when Bloedel Donovan sold out to
Rayonier, I'm listing it seperate from the Bloedel Donovan page and Rayonier page simply because this lines job was to
haul log cars with the big mallet locomotives, while I've dedicated the other page to BD's logging spurs and camps.
This is the looking down the grade towards Sekiu from the northwest side of the HWY 112 crossing on
the west end of Clallam Bay (town) (4/27/08)
The pictures below show the best non Rayonier trestle that is still somewhat standing in the area. This one is located
crossing the North Fork of Green Creek just north of the Pysht Junction. That is HWY 112 in the background. The
grade runs parallel to it in this stretch. One odd thing about this trestle is that pilings were driven so that two rows were
close together instead of just one row. The last picture kind of shows the two rows method. I do not know if with the
swamp mud here if they felt it would hold up better when they built it. (3/4/07)
The pictures below showing the spikes, broken rail plate, and broken brake shoe are along the grade between the
FS-400 Road and the West Fork of Beaver Creek. Fortunately, this section of grade was not turned into a road at the
end of operations, and all of these items were churned up when the area was logged back in 2005. (3/4/07)
This rail was dug up in a culvert replacement job about a quarter of a mile down the B-1000
from the Beaver Falls Quarry. (7/6/06)
Beaver Creek Wye:
This wye was located a couple miles down the B-1000 from the Beaver Falls Quarry and was the dividing point
between Sappho and Beaver. I do not know what happened to the original trestle across Beaver Creek, but at some
point in time it was rebuilt. I do not know if it was during Rayonier's use or Bloedel Donovan's use. Both approaches to
the trestle were built on short fills. The original trestle was split in half and thrown to the south side of the fills, with a
couple of piling left in place. The new trestle was built taking off on the north side of each of the fills. This is the trestle
that is still partly standing on the short distances between the end of the fill approaches and the steep canyon. There
is nothing left standing inside the canyon. In the creek below were all kinds of objects that fell through at one point or
another including a speeder's axle and wheels.
Although difficult to make out, this is a speeder wheel sitting in Beaver Creek about 300ft downstream of
the crossing at the eastern end of the wye. There is actually two wheels on an axle here, and is well
buried. All I can say is thanks to Dan Dafoe for pointing this crossing out to me. (8/6/06)
Here are the still standing remains of
the new trestle across Beaver
Creek. Note that the ties are still in
place on the trestle. (8/6/06)
The two photos show the very beginning of the western end of the trestle. Again, notice the
ties left in place across the two stringers. (7/27/06)
These pictures show the complete axle and two wheels from a speeder
or idler car that are laying in the creek. I do not know how this came to
be in the creek, but it is located a little way down stream from the trestle.
After seeing everything that was leftover at the Sol Duc River
crossing at Sappho, I thought I'd snorkel the creek to see what I
could find. As you can see, there were a few sets of truck
springs, a couple of brake shoes, a digging bar, some trestle
spikes, and a bunch of rail joiners. (8/6/06)
This just goes to show you to be careful who you're swimming with. This little fella swam across Beaver
Creek in front of me as I was looking in the water. By the time I grabbed my camera he had made it
across. (8/6/06)
Here is one of the pilings from the original trestle still in place on the east side of Beaver Creek. (8/6/06)
These views show the remains of the new trestle on the
east side of Beaver Creek. Note the stringer still in place
in the first photo. (7/27/06)
Some better shots of the east side of the new trestle. (8/6/06)
This is a stub of one of the pilings for the old trestle that crossed the creek, located on the east side of the
creek. (8/6/06)
This is the pile of the old trestle on the south side of the fill approach on the
east side of the creek. Note the rail mixed in with the pilings and cross beams.
Judging by the size of the rail it would appear to be one of Bloedel Donovan's.