Nehalem is the name of the area in Oregon where the photo was taken.
The logging industry was alway very innovative in finding ways to move heavy logs out of the woods. I don't recognize the machine but would bet someone has taken an ag machine and modified it carry logs. It doesn't look like they were tied on so I would be kind of nervous about running the rig.
It is a good photo.
Tanks very much for the information John C. It's just I am very interested in tracked machines. But when I see this photo I though there is nothing new under the sun. If you see the tracked farm tractors of today they where around 75 years ago. In the text with the photo they mention 22 mph. It's very impressive. Its seem to me that the tracks or the same at with the tracked dirt wagons of that same time.
Good to see a photo from my neck of the woods. I wish my Grandpa would get his old collection of photos out for me from when he was still logging.
Originally Posted by Northart
During the early 60's I set chokers out in the Olympic peninsula in the last permanent camp. It was in the rain forest and it rained all the time. We walked on boardwalks in the camp with our corks on. The mess hall had everything to eat you could want. You grabbed a sack lunch on the way out the door. Most of the logs (big ones) were in the mud so we set a small charge under the log to blow out the mud and then jumped down into the water and set the choker. You stood on the log as the charge blew as that was the only safe place to be. Also worked high line on Mt. Rainier with a 600hp. tower yarder and 1 1/2 main line, pretty big logs.
Originally Posted by AtlasRob
Pretty sure that tractor is a Cletrac.
great old picutures. where have all the big trees gone?
A couple of pix out of an old Hyster book.
I wonder what the safety inspectors would have to say about the equipment pictured. No hard hats, no guarding, no ROP cab, as well as more than I would possibly know.
They did all the logging and didn't give it a second thought.
The early logging was done with small equipment and now is done with large equipment ( multiple-tasking) when any logging is done.
Can anyone imagine sleeping 20 or more in a single room? Etcetras.
They are locked up in parks!
I spent 20 years logging old growth Redwood and Douglas Fir. At the time our company foresters calculated that at the rate we were logging we had at least 100 years of timber supply. Then the whacko's in power in Washington DC decided it would be a good idea to spend the taxpayer's money to lock them up forever. Ever wonder where the nearing 15 TRILLION dollar national debt came from? This kind of thinking has us where we sit. We have well over 100,000 acres of old growth timber in parks up here. The last Redwood will never be cut. They are beautiful trees, beautiful to look at.....beautiful to use.
Originally Posted by Wolf
Last edited by Redwood Climber; 06-04-2011 at 11:44 AM.
Actually technology did speed up the process of cutting, logging, hauling and milling those giants. Chainsaws with bars of 6' and longer sped up the cutting. Trees that took days to cut before chainsaws, now (in the 60's - 90's) only took hours. Wrestling a log 8' in diameter now only took minutes to get it to the landing. Sometimes that was with a huge Skagit BU199 or a Washingtono 217 yarder using 1 3/8 to 1 1/2 cables. Other times it may have been a D9G or a D8 46A dragging (skidding) logs to the landing. 988 front end loaders could lift this 8' x 16' log onto a short logger........sometimes it was a real rassliing match......but off it went to the mill being pulled by 400 or more horsepower.......
Originally Posted by danieltree
Last edited by Redwood Climber; 06-04-2011 at 12:01 PM.
Anyone on here see the Sparmatic I posted in another thread? be a great thing to put here, but if you saw it in the other thread, I won't bother.
-The Young Snag-
Originally Posted by Canevari Timber
Hey neighbors! Good to see a couple more locals on here.
Originally Posted by Redwood Climber
I'd be curious to know exactly where the pic from Eureka was taken.
Saved by the Timber Heritage Association...........
Originally Posted by Northart
I'm not positive, but the Timber Heritage Association in Samoa, California has a CAT 60 equipped with a winch that looks exactly like the one you posted........ they believe it is the first logging Cat in Humboldt County. It is in amazing condition..........looks like you could fire it up & start dragging logs right now. It will be on display this weekend.
Thanks for that. Looks like I'll be stopping in over there this weekend.
Back a few posts "Banks" asked about a tracked vehicle pulling a load of logs, which was in a photo entitled "Nehalem".
I suspect this was someones attempt to modify a tracked vehicle for higher speed hauling in lieu of trucks and this was taken a bit after WW II. Looking at the vehicle, it appears to be on a tank type chassis, because of the multiple road tires needed for higher speeds. These chassis designs were tried on Vickers tractors from England as I recall, but were not successful for dozing and pulling heavy loads.
My best guess, as I have never seen a tractor in this configuration and have been looking at them since the 1950's.