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Logging Railroads and their Equipment

Discussion in 'Forestry Equipment' started by 075, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Vigilant

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    I'll check it out. Thanks, Mitch.

    There is a nice small transportation museum in Roanoke, Va. On display, I believe, is the legendary Engine 611.
     
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    More pics from Maquilla reload site
     

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    Yes, they still use dynamic
     
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    More pics from Maquilla reload site...
     

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    Last pics from Maquilla reload site...
     

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    Vigilant, that's the best excuse for an edit I've ever seen.:notworthy:falldownlaugh
     
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    He, he, did you get the serial from the Madill yarder (reloader) at Maquilla?
     
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    here is an old rail loader from the Abitibi mill in Ft. Frances. this unit was retired in the early-mid 90's (when it was a Boise Cascades mill) Pic is from 2008, Unit has since been scrapped.
     
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    :Banghead grrrrr! did it again!!!!!!!:Banghead

    here it is, huge unit; even makes the huge koehring 525 besid it look small.
     

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  10. PacificEd

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    The Englewood Logging Railroad has three repowered SW1200 with dynamic brakes. They can be identified by the silver and red paint scheme. They were repowered with 3512 Catapillar engines that provide 1500 HP.

    #302 is still the old GM diesel.

    The June 2011 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazinehas a good article on the railroad. Chandos also produced an excellent video about the operations.
     
  11. Vigilant

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    Those lokies in the first post look a lot like switchers.

    Interesting note on the reloads. The Vail reload years ago was rigged with two upright spars, set in place, and the same type rigging in between. They first set that reload up in 1927, with a wood-fired 1925 Washington loading donkey. I have heard that Art Smythe came to Vail in 1927 to run that reload, and stayed with it until they dismantled it. That donkey went from wood fired steam to diesel fired steam, to an old truck engine for power. I have no idea how many engines it progressed through. When my dad ran Vail, it had Cummins power, which was odd, since the vast majority of the tower yarders they ran had 8V71s.
     
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    It is some fantastic good videos from the Englewood railway at youtube!
     
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    When I was a kid (in the 60's) the Hammond Lumber Company had a train running out of Crannell, California. It used to haul logs.......old growth Redwood punkins we called them. Car after car........the tressel went over the highway at that time. Then along the beach, through Arcata and on to the Samoa sawmill. How cool was that! Better than any video game or reality show on tv.
     
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    The railroad died out as trucking took over. Later on I would find all kinds of railroad equipment abandoned in the woods while riding dirt bikes........sure wish I'd of had a interest in cameras.......pictures of that stuff....only in my head.
     
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    Yes Scott Barrett is still around. He and Frank Telewski co-authored a book on the Vail-Mc Donald operations about 5 years ago or so. I have never meet Scott or Frank, but have had several e mail conversations with Frank about different Weyco subjects. If your Dad ran one of the 2 FMs out of Vail, it would have to have been either 492 or the 493. My Dad has an N scale model of the 492, and it is his pride and joy.

    Ryan
    modeling the Chehalis Western in N scale
     
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    Ernie Kell.jpg
    You are correct. It was Engine 493. Here is a photo of Mr. Ernie Kell, standing by the legendary Engine 684, taken several years after we moved to North Carolina. My dad was transferred to NC with Weyco. Sucked for us all, including me. I LOVED it at Vail, and spent as much time there as I could.
     
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    Note the missing fingers on his right hand. Common injury among loggers back then on the landing, working with the tongs before air and cable-powered tongs came along. Ernie Kell was quite a man. As were many of the seasoned loggers I knew back then as a young whippersnapper.
     
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    Vigilant,

    That photo was taken AFTER 1976 because the lettering is CM&E RR, which was the Curtis Milburn & Eastern. This RR was formed after Weyco suspended rail operation in Pe Ell in favor of Curtis. This happened in the summer of 1976. The lone engine for the CM&E RR was the 684. It worked from Curtis to Chehalis only. After the MILW embargoed rail operation in Mar 1980, the CM&E RR became nothing more than a RR on paper and the Chehalis Western RR was again an operation RR. This is all discussed in detail in Scott Barrett and Frank Telewski's book.
    I would guess looking at the photo that this was taken at Curtis as you can make out the roof of the engine house in the picture.

    Ryan
     
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    Here is Engine 120, which I believe was the biggest steam powered lokie to run the tracks at Vail. I suspect this was taken up the Skookumchuck, or 'up the 'Chuck' in local slang. Weyco Engine 120.jpg
     
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    It is my understanding it was taken at Vail, in 1978. I envy you for your knowledge. Thanks for all this info. I bought a copy of that book for my late Father, but have not yet read it myself. The Don McCune Library also has a documentary of the last days of the railroad with the late Jim Barrett as engineer, on Engine 776, I believe. I'm thinking it was a GP38, but I'm a little foggy. I trust you can shed some light.