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|Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2012 12:24 am||
I did some research with a fellow back in the late 90s on a sawmill that was up in the mountains east of here. It started in the late 1800s and was run by electricity, which was generated by a pelton wheel on a local stream. It shifted to another site down the creek, and ran on mains power, and so became unprofitab le and closed down! You can still see the sawdust heaps from the original mill.
Why am I saying this, oh, yes, it initially used a horse drawn tramway running on 4 inch wooden rails to log the immediate area.
When that ran out, they ran a 2 foot gauge steel line up a steep incline and put a steam driven donkey engine at the top, with facilites for delivery of supplies, and they also had another donkey engine and a spar pole to enable a 4 km cable to be run out by horse (no relation to this one) and then logs were hauled back in under power. When the trucks reached the bottom of the hill, across a small trestle over the creek, there was a small rise into the mill, and they used to run a cable out to the truck and haul it up to the mill. You can still see the foundations of the donkey engine and the electricity generator.
So two things come from this: the original horse drawn tramway and what I am about to say now...
To take the milled timber (lumber to you guys) out of the sawmill - it was fairly inaccessible, especially to the early forms of transport, so another horse drawn wooden tramway was used to take the timber out to waiting drays or trucks down on the mainroad.
We spent a day on this and some 6 or seven rolls of film resulted. Maybe I should write this up... We were able to see most of where the tramtrack went, including the spot where a somewhat deeper creek was crossed by a trestle; of course the trestle had disappeared along time ago, but the earthworks and formation were still there. Also evident was a water run that took water from closer to the local town up to the mill.
Not long after our little foray into history, one of the farmers across whose farm the old line went, filled in a cutting leading to one of small bridges on the line. He must have though that he was going to inundated with people loooking to see it ... hmm, don't know about that.
Ok, there 'tis
Last edited on Tue Jul 10th, 2012 12:29 am by Aussietrainman
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