The photo that follows shows a small locomotive pulling coal cars for the Snoqualmie Coal & Coke Co. When I first saw this, several things caught my attention as being "unusual". First was the size of the locomotive - looks almost like a toy engine. A converted trolly car maybe? Take a look at the construction of the track. I presume it is narrow gauge rail but I didn't realize that raised wood beds sitting on logs could possibly stand up and carry heavy loads. Pretty steep grade too.
Photo courtesy of University of Washington Libraries and Museum of History & Industry, 1983.10.9569, Webster & Stevens photographers, circa 1913
To our experts out there - was this type of train and track common at the time?