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 Posted: Tue Jan 31st, 2017 05:05 am
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Jack M



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I bought my copy of Railroads In The Woods when John Labbe was working part time in Vic's Hobby Supply in Portland, OR. John talked me into buying it even though I did't want to because it was $10 and I was use to only paying $7.50 for a book back then. He even signed it for me.
This was probably one of the best purchases I have ever made in my life. I scratch built many models from that book over the years. To support John and his book I purchased the reprint many years ago.
I enjoyed my visits to John's house as had a large filing box to house his some 10,000 logging slides. He would sit and share stories of his logging experiences and then reach over to his supply of slides and pull out a slide on what he was talking about.
Not many people knew it but John was an avid collector of Tootsie Toy vehicles and he had a huge collection spread out on a very large dining table in his living room.
Another good logging modeler is Lyle Spears who comes over to visit once a month. He had a few articles in Model Railroader back in the early 60's. (His 18" x 6' logging camp module was in the Dec. 1963 issue of MR and still exists today as does his other modules that he done articles on.) He was an architect by profession and back in late 60's to early 70's published a set of 80 or so logging drawings of equipment, locos, cars including cap cars, skidders plus alot of other interesting things. He use to sell this collection of drawings for $35 or so. I don't think that he does it any longer.

Jack M.

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