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Unique steam railroading for the railfan.

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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.

Climax Locomotive
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 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

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Scenes taken directly from Log Haulers in Winter:

4 logging locomotives steamed up and ready for action
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.

West Fork Logging #91 (a 3-truck Heisler)

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.


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

Heisler cab ride




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.

Willamette steam engine
The Willamette #2 comes from the Rayonier logging company.



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.
McCloud River Railroad #18
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.


The 18 does a great job showing us the challenges of the higher elevations.
Below she uses an old snow plow to bash her way through some heavy drifts.
Snow plow in front of McCloud River Railroad #18



Riding in the cab of the 18 (an oil burner) as she charges over the mountains is
especially exciting.
McCould River RR #18 cab ride in the snow near Mt Shasta in California.



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



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



Hammond Lumber Company's #17 is mikado-type tank engine known as a "Minaret"
The 17 was built by ALCO in 1929.


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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.

West Fork Logging engineer struggles to see hand signals through the rain and steam.




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.

Logging engines at the wye


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Rayonier's Willamette #2 pulling log 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!




Shay geared locomotive pulling a donkey.

















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.

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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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Log Haulers in Winter

Over two-hours of entertainment.  (123 min.)
DVD features 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
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