"A Day In The Woods is fantastic. You have made a good
job of it. I just Love the Redwoods and Timber and sawmills."
"I have never seen anything like it in my 50 years of model railroading. Excellent."
Don Heimberger (publisher)
"A DAY IN THE WOODS is a
lovely video, and most instructive. Thank
The DAY IN THE WOODS is great.
Love the logging stuff
a journey...from tree to final product! I had to go back a
of times to get a double take of various segments! Great
have watched Steam Power Sawmill at least 15
sound on the DVD is as if I was standing right there next to the
machinery, that blew me away!
forward to future releases!
thank you for
producing a fine movie!
"Thanks very much for a brilliant
video." (STEAM-POWER SAWMILL)
history explored in this new, one-of-a-kind DVD.
Is there nothing so rare as a day in the woods?
Especially if you stumble upon a railroad that takes you back in time.
A Day in the Woods
Carefully restored old films and exclusive
new footage help tell the story of logging in North America.
Authentic photo freights of steam logging trains gives added detail to
old footage shot in the woods.
(All photos on this page are screen shots from the film.)
Lumber was North America's first major export. A Day In The Woods
explores North America's unique logging heritage going way back to
DVD is both entertaining for all the rare motion picture scenes presented, as well as
a film of discovery.
It is broken down into
indexed chapters for
educational purposes as
well as enjoyment.
Hobbyists who are into modeling railroading will particularly
appreciate seeing how logging operations, steam yarding, and railroad
equipment was operated in the woods.
done! I cannot tell you how long it's been since I've enjoyed a video as much.
am anxious to get back to it to watch it again (and again).
professional, and obviously labored-over. I highly recommend it."
"Received my dvd (of A DAY IN
THE WOODS) here in the UK
yesterday and had a wonderful two hours watching it -
congratulations, it's another marvelous offering. You've done yourselves proud
with this one."
Wiltshire, Great Britain
A Day In The Woods arrived yesterday
and we watched it after supper last night,
Both my wife and myself thoroughly enjoyed this DVD, as we did with the last disc, too (The Rock Trains).
Many Thanks and Best Regards"
"A DAY IN THE WOODS was far
more than I had expected. This was not only about locos but a real history
lesson on logging in the United States.
We had a big get together last night for “A Day In
The Woods” ... If there
is any one thing I can say is that you hit a homerun with this movie. What a
joy it was to see all the old footage that you provided.
The movie flowed as
smooth as a Shay on a long uphill grade. I can understand now why it took so
long to get all of this together with your extreme attention to detail.
I am so proud to have
purchased “A Day In The Woods” with an extra copy as a gift.
Using as much action footage as possible,
we see hand-felling of
trees the way the colonists had to do it.
We see ways they
devised to move logs through the woods using only hand tools, horse and
You'll see the evolution of simple innovations as early loggers
grappled with timber stands that became increasingly remote.
Moving logs was always the biggest challenge.
You'll see dangerous river log drives that took many a man's life as
they fought to keep the logs moving.
You'll see how logging the prized cypress trees from the swamps of the
Southern States required a
whole different approach than in the mountains of the North.
With the arrival of steam power, you'll see how locomotives had to be
redesigned to handle the special demands of often rickety logging
Many an impressive railroad trestle was engineered in the woods without
even a blueprint.
All manner of
mechanical marvels were developed to increase the efficiency of
Logging Camps and Authentic Sounds
You'll see the evolution of the logging camps from tents into portable
towns where whole families grew up.
Rarely seen films of steam donkeys, yarders, and loaders have been
with authentic recordings made in the woods of steam logging equipment
harvesting the big trees of the West Coast.
See the evolution of yarding operations in
Logs ponds where logs are sorted.
Sawmills small and
An old paper mill.
The loading of finished lumber onto trains and ships in ways we no
The introduction of the 1st Caterpillar Tractor into the woods showed
how the days of logging railroads were numbered.
A Day In The Woods also
traces the beginnings of forest replanting. The critical importance of
maintaining healthy forests is powerfully revealed.
In the final chapter of the film, we follow the transition from steam
power to the highly-mechanized logging done today.
"I received the A DAY
IN THE WOODS yesterday and watched it today. Quality work as I thought I
was watching a PBS history show.
good history lesson on the logging industry back then and how it relates to the
help from the geared and rod locomotives.... I did enjoy the close-up
action scenes.... the close up of the gears and the re-railing action of the
tank engine that got derailed.
Again, quality work.
"Your excellent videos (A DAY
IN THE WOODS and STEAM UP IN THE MOUNTAINS) arrived safely. I am absolutely thrilled with both of them and
will be ordering more down the rails a bit.
A DAY IN THE WOODS came
yesterday. I really enjoyed it.
The DVD tells a story more than any I've seen
and the old footage is great.
A lot of the old film was very difficult to appreciate due to
deterioration and neglect. Some of the footage was so shaky, we
it really couldn't be used. But, thanks to available
image-restoration processing, we can now enjoy some un-duplicatable
action in the context of a comprehensive overview of our logging
Important railroad action is enhanced in A Day In The Woods by
incorporating footage of carefully restored and authentically staged
steam locomotives in the
woods on an old logging line.
The logging steam
engines and train consists are courtesy of the ever-expanding railroad
collection of the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad in Washington State.
A great debt of
gratitude is owed to all the photographers who thought to take a
picture of such an ordinary thing as another Day In The Woods.
photographers Clark & Darius Kinsey (see picture below.)
A Day In The Woods
can be revisited many times for all the detail presented.
The DVD even offers the ability to do repeat viewings without narration
allowing the images and sounds to highlight the action surrounding the
A Day In The Woods is
presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
A Day In The Woods
97+ min plus
featuring 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
Right now ONLY $24.95
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want to PRINT
an order form
that I can
fax or mail in the old-fashioned way.
"I do believe Rob that you
have a fantastic collection of DVD's with Golden Rail Videos and “A Day In
The Woods” is going to be one of your top of the line DVD's to purchase.
As a long time model railroader and railroad volunteer brakeman I can really
appreciate all of the dangerous situations that all these railroad workers had
to deal with. Their lives were in peril every minute of every day and you gave
an explicated look at that with “A Day In The Woods”.
My hat is off to you and all of those that
collaborated with you in this DVD.
You will get an A+
recommendation from me to purchase “A Day In The Woods”.
Thanks again for all your hard work.
DISCLAIMER: There is a five minute section near the beginning of the show that talks about how great our forests are....and how important it is that we remember the lessons learned from our long ago unbridled logging practices.
Two customers have been quite upset by this section. Evidently, it
really spoiled their day to think about it. I had to remind them that
with a touch of the audio button on their remotes, the narration
disappears. That way, they don't have to be exposed to thoughts that
don't fit their world view....and can still enjoy the rare images and authentic sounds of logging from the early 20th century.
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