Locomotive and possible location identification?

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Ashe_Attacc

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Hi there, first time. I have this old sketch in my possession that I'm not entirely sure where it comes from. I can identify a Shay loco, clearly a 2-truck. Sketch seems to be of the crew posing next to the loco while pulling some logs up a grade. It's difficult to read in the photograph itself but there's text in the bottom right-hand corner that reads:

"In this turn of the century logging operation, a Shay locomotive is seen "shaking" logs to a loading site. This method of hauling timber was used when the grade to the mill was too steep for pulling flatcars (which might have been broken away). The Shay locomotive was a specially adapted workhorse and was used when other locomotives could not operate."

Artist who signed the image is Richard Peters, though that seems to be a fairly common name as I can't seem to find much that fits what I'm looking for online.
There's some text on the tender that seems to be obscured by the sketching itself, I can make out "KNIGH" "E" and then "CO", maybe "COMPANY"? Locomotive is Number 2, as seen in the sketch.

I believe I found a couple old photographs that MIGHT be of the same loco, but I'm not sure. One's missing a brake air tank while the loco in the sketch has one so I'm justified in believing it may not be the same. Though, I can hold up hope that maybe it was just removed, if that's even possible? I don't know.

Honestly, it's not really too important - I'm just kinda rattled by wanting to know where this loco might've come from, as all I have of it is this sketch. Heck, I don't even know if the sketch is original or if it was just based off an existing photograph. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much in advance.
 

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Hi there, first time. I have this old sketch in my possession that I'm not entirely sure where it comes from. I can identify a Shay loco, clearly a 2-truck. Sketch seems to be of the crew posing next to the loco while pulling some logs up a grade. It's difficult to read in the photograph itself but there's text in the bottom right-hand corner that reads:

"In this turn of the century logging operation, a Shay locomotive is seen "shaking" logs to a loading site. This method of hauling timber was used when the grade to the mill was too steep for pulling flatcars (which might have been broken away). The Shay locomotive was a specially adapted workhorse and was used when other locomotives could not operate."

Artist who signed the image is Richard Peters, though that seems to be a fairly common name as I can't seem to find much that fits what I'm looking for online.
There's some text on the tender that seems to be obscured by the sketching itself, I can make out "KNIGH" "E" and then "CO", maybe "COMPANY"? Locomotive is Number 2, as seen in the sketch.

I believe I found a couple old photographs that MIGHT be of the same loco, but I'm not sure. One's missing a brake air tank while the loco in the sketch has one so I'm justified in believing it may not be the same. Though, I can hold up hope that maybe it was just removed, if that's even possible? I don't know.

Honestly, it's not really too important - I'm just kinda rattled by wanting to know where this loco might've come from, as all I have of it is this sketch. Heck, I don't even know if the sketch is original or if it was just based off an existing photograph. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much in advance.
Update: I believe I found it! Thanks to bnsf971 for linking me a website to aid my search, I was able to narrow it down and discovered the exact engine this sketch depicts. It appears to be sn-959, built for White Oak Coal Co., but was later known was No. 2 for A. W. Knight & Co. in Maple Falls, Washington. I even found this photograph which seems to prove my initial suspicion of the sketch being inspired by a picture instead of actually drawn on-site:
Many details line up perfectly, like the funnel, the angle of the loco itself, the two men posed in the cab, the man posing at the rear - But notably, the man standing up front is missing, same with many of the tree placements...So, like I said, I suspect this Richard Peters was inspired by this photograph and decided to sketch it free-hand. Or, maybe, who knows - he could've been there and just sketched the loco a few minutes after the photograph was taken, haha. But, yeah! That's a wrap for my search here. Knew coming here was the right choice
 

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