Shortest Steam Railroad in the World

Shortest Steam Railroad in the World
From the early 1900's to the 1930's there used to be a railroad for hauling both lumber and passengers at Stanwood, Washington known as the Hall & Hall Railroad. At the time, the Hall & Hall Railroad (H&H RR Co.) was called the shortest steam railroad in the world. The railroad was owned and operated by John Hall and was only one mile long, running from a couple lumber mills along the Stillaguamish River at Stanwood, to the Great Northern Railroad at East Stanwood. The above photograph shows the Hall & Hall No. 1 locomotive, which replaced a steam dummy named "Dinky" that pulled a passenger coach that is said to have been a former Seattle streetcar. The steam dummy, a common name for a small enclosed steam powered railcar, also pulled freight cars carrying lumber. The Hall & Hall No. 1 locomotive was a Climax, Class B, 20-ton locomotive (c/n 407), built in 1903 by the Climax Manufacturing Company, at Corry, Pennsylvania. Prior to hauling lumber on the Hall & Hall Railroad at Stanwood, the locomotive hauled for a lumber company at Eufaula, Washington and for a couple different lumber companies at Maple Valley, Washington. The locomotive was scrapped about 1941.


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Andrew Craig Magnuson
Forks, Washington
February 15, 2007