Log Haulers In Winter

Unique steam railroading for the railfan.

Log Haulers in Winter_cover

Log Haulers in Winter

= Snow. Rain.
+ 6 Steam Engines.
+ Historic Logging Lines
+ Vintage Log and Freight Cars.

It all adds up to some great action!

Authentic equipment on old logging lines. That’s something any rail fan can appreciate.

But, it’s the winter weather that gives us the most dramatic images imaginable.

By combining action footage from multiple photoshoots shot over several winters, we are able to recreate a “typical day” of winter railroading in the forests of the Olympic Pennisula.

The Olympic Pennisula is the reason Washington State’s first major export was lumber. The climate is perfect for growing trees.

But back in the day, it was a bit of a challenge to get the timber out of the woods.
(See our show A Day In The Woods.)
That’s why logging railroads in the Pacific Northwest were everywhere.

Welcome to high-country railroading, photographed when most would rather be safely indoors.

To give you an idea of what Log Haulers in Winter is all about, all the pictures below are screen shots from the DVD

Scenes taken directly from Log Haulers in Winter:

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Four steam lokies waiting to head out for a day in the woods.

Who are the star Steam Locomotives?

West Fork Logging #91 is a three-truck Heisler.
This 90-ton engine was built in 1929.

We'll also ride along in the cab of the 91 for a rough ride through the woods.

As we follow the crew throughout the day, we’ll see her running lite, switching cars in various locations, pulling log cars, and rushing a maintenance-of-way freight (with crane) over a wooden trestle.

Quite rare is this Willamette locomotive.
Willamettes look a lot like a Shay for a good reason.

Willamette Iron Works of Portland, Oregon “borrowed” key elements of the Shay design when the patents on the Shay started to expire…and then improved on them.

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The Willamette #2 comes from the Rayonier logging company.
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Since this footage was shot, most of the McCloud Railway has since been torn up. And the 18 has moved on to the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Here’s something we’ll never see again. This is McCloud River Railroad #18 running on her original line near Mt. Shasta in Northern California. The 18 is a Baldwin logging mike built in 1914, for the McCloud River Railroad.

The 18 does a great job showing us the challenges of the higher elevations.
She uses an old snow plow to bash her way through some heavy drifts.

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Riding in the cab of the 18 (an oil burner) as she charges over the mountains is especially exciting.

Hillcrest Lumber Company #10 (a Class-C three-truck Climax) is a log hauler from way back. Directly behind her is a logging donkey.

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Baldwin also made this logging mike in 1922.
She’s the #70 from the Polson Brothers Logging Company.

All the challenges of logging railroads in cold weather are well represented in Log Haulers in Winter. Here, a West Fork Logging engineer sturggles to see hand signals through rain and steam.

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At “the wye”, the Willamette #2 with a load of log cars waits for Polson Brothers #70 to head onto the main with a string of freight cars.

Is this enough fun for the steam rail fan?

In cold weather, whether pulling up a grade, or waiting for the next move, there’s always a lot of steam!

Except for the McCloud #18, all the rest of the equipment seen in Log Haulers in Winter now resides at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad just outside Mt Rainier National Park in Washington State.

The video was produced to recreate a day-in-the-life, railroad-adventure as we might have witnessed it in the early 20th century.

The DVD can be viewed either with or without narration.
(It was carefully produced so the images and sounds eaily carry the story.)

A Day In The Woods is presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.

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