Logging East Tennessee on the C&S RR

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    HEY MM,
    Those two guys had done a lot of drinking prior to their photo being snapped and their arms are paralyzed in the "dispensing" position. They hid their bottles in one of those decrepit skid shacks but their arms just would not come down!!!!!
    Doc Tom:wave:
  2. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hi ytter_man,
    Glad the camp looks authentic!! What logging camp did you stay in as a kid??? Can you provide any recollection of what was found in the camp you were in????
    Doc Tom:wave:
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I kind of suspected that might be the problem! Sounds like you need a still somewhere in the brush. :mrgreen:
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I can feel for that! 21 years in the Navy, my left hand is still configured for holding a coffee cup!:eek: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  5. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Both of my hands are that way every morning........coffee,coffee,coffee.
    Doc Tom:p
  6. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Happy train crew on their way to Camp #6.

    Further upgrade on the Nickel Camp Branch the line crosses over a mountainside creek tumbling below a log crib bridge just outside of Lumber Camp #6.

    Here the happy trainmen stop for a wave to all those who have been following along on this pictorial journey.

    The log crib bridge was built by the famous Bill Nelson, "Bridge Artisan", from over on the DG CC &W. It is very well made and easily supports the heavy logging train.

    The Heisler is one of Rivarossi's originals that the C&S purchased 26 years ago on the very original HO layout at the dawn of my hobby days. It has multiple cannibalized parts from other older Heislers and the logging caboose has electrical pickup to make up for the poor "less than all wheel pickup" these originals had. At this time this engine does the yeoman's work of track cleaning pushing the track cleaning cars throughout the layout. It "soldiers on!!!"
    Doc Tom:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

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  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Wonderful scenes....and that Heisler is a real beaut..!!! I hope the wave from those yokums doesn't mean we've come to the end of the line....
  8. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hi Gus,
    Nope not the end of the line. Still have the "Crazy 8" branch to climb up to camps #8 and #9.
    Thanks for hanging in there on this trip into backwoods Tennessee!!!
    Doc Tom:mrgreen:
  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I'm looking forward to it! :thumb:
  10. ytter_man

    ytter_man Member

    The ones i knew were just bush camps in western Canada, set up as temporary as you'd of seen in the olden days. Although they were the same size as trailer houses, many of the shacks were moved around on metal skids with winches onto flatbed trucks. My mom drove me out there one winter to see my dad for some reason, but we all got snowed in and in camp we stayed. I think i remember listening to the radio for a while and eating pancakes.

    Outside was all the usual stuff you find in modern logging, loaders and skidders and such up the hill a bit further, my dad's logging truck and probably others.

    The other stuff i remember seeing as a kid were faller-bunchers, processors, maintainence and fuel trucks, once or twice a highlead.
  11. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Wow what great memories!!! Hope you can model some of the scenes of your youth.

    It sounds like some of the techniques of logging established over 100 years ago still were in use on your Dad's logging show. In fact in many ways they are still in use now. I do miss all the steam engines though.
    Doc Tom:wave:
  12. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    ...That's good to hear..!! Looking forward to more magic...:thumb:
  13. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    The Switchback on the Crazy 8 branch.

    Well Gus, here are a few more pictures. These were shot on the "Crazy 8" branchline above Fish Camp and Summit. The switchback was inspired by the ones at Cass W.Va. It is located between two mountains. The track to the right heads to Camp #9 and the "main" (to the left) heads to Camp #8.

    The wild young loco crew member is having the ride of his life!!!!
    Doc Tom:wave:

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  14. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    There is one of those guys with the bad arm again!

    Bill Nelson

    Nice work tom!
  15. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Camp #8 on the C&S RR

    Here is Camp#8 on the "Crazy Eight" Branch of the C&S. Well its not really a camp yet......but it will be once that track gang gets the track laid.

    I wanted to model a track laying crew. Logging railroads by definition are very temporary creations. Along the line track is being torn up as the trees play out and then the track is recycled and relaid in new timber stands. It also gives another type of train for the logging locomotives to haul through the woods. Notice the "blacksmith car" with the laid back blacksmith... "driving steel is not in my job description" he says.

    Also threw in a ptototype picture from out Washington State way to show were I got some inspiration for the scene.
    Doc Tom:wave:

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  16. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Thanks Bill.
    I probably overdid it with those little people from Woodland Scenics but they are alot of fun to pose. Besides the "engineers" will now "undergo surgery" so I can get them in the tight cabs of some of the lokies....... might as well let them have some fun while they got all their parts.
    Doc Tom:twisted:
  17. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member


    I can't fault you for your use of people, as I only know of 6 people on my whole railroad, other than engine crews, and that Jordan miniatures bus bull of folks making the trip from the Southern Railway station @ Harlow (sadly off the layout due to lack of space-and or poor planning) to the Harlow terminal

    I have two guys in the big (two stall) engine house in Harlow, there are two employees and a passenger in my shortened La belle combine (hands down the finest passenger car on my RR. Up at the strong & Perry sawmill, there is a guy sitting on his *** instead of loading lumber on that Mack truck to get it across the bridge to where it can get loaded in a box car, and way up in State line Ga. there is a guy napping on the front porch of his cabin, with his LBG (Little Brown Jug).

    My little people were mostly evacuated for safety during the childhood of my offspring, and are scattered all over hades in various boxes with other fragile details. It would do me good to get a bunch of them out and on the layout. I also have a large crew that I have been working on painting for for the big donkey @ the camp in Terapin .)

    And speaking of donkeys, Did Santa come through with those Bachman Units? when He does get one of them into my hansds so I can build some bigger skids for them. If I damage it in dissasembly, I'll replace it with one of mine when I get one.

    Bill Nelson
  18. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hey Bill,
    The Bachmann loaders were "back ordered" at Caboose Hobbies. But they said it shipped yesterday. Awaiting its arrival and then over to the DG CC &W shops for a little of your magic.
    Doc Tom:wave:
  19. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    Excelent! I think I need to order some too, and then it will be down to the garage to fire up the table saws, and convert the scraps from my new yellow poplar mantle into lumber for skids for logging machines.

    Now that I have more time, perhaps I can start work on those Sury-Parker skidder-Loaders. I need one for the deck @ Terrapin, and I'll try to knock one out for the C&s too

    Bill Nelson
  20. Doctor G

    Doctor G Active Member

    Hi Bill,
    Thanks for all the help it is appreciated!!! 2009 modeling plans on the C&S are for more detail and equipment in my logging camps.Perfect timing for all these loaders.
    Doc Tom

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