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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 05:40 pm
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Steven B

Joined: Thu Aug 13th, 2015
Location: Virginia USA
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Hi Richard!  Logging camps run the gamut.  
The limit of your imagination is the limit of the camp.  Rail served camps could be more "permanent" like West Side's Camp 24 (lasting until end of operations 1962).  Many of the cabins were skid cabins but were there for a while.  Pickering's Soap Creek was also more permanent (lasting until the end of rail operations in the 1960s), some buildings had skids, others were built on site.  But Crandall in the Hole was temporary was more temporary and was left there when the lumbering was finished because the fleas were so bad and they company didn't want to bring the skid shacks/fleas back.  These camps were in operation during your target dates.

Bodie Land and Lumber (1880s) had log cabins built in the woods and did not use skid cabins.  I bet tents were used too for the scale of logging that was done in the summer. That is how I will model it when I build my camp.

Logging camps like Soap Creek and I think Camp 24 were reload sites, trucks bringing logs in to load on flats or being skidded to the site for loading so they lasted a long time.  You could bring cabins in by flat to make the camp "grow."  With the nature of logging you could pretty much do anything that you wanted and be well within prototype.  You could even do a progression, with a new "camp" at the end of the line and load out on the way.  Basically, showing an earlier camp that morphed into something more and is now a load out.  I know this is very vague, but really, there is no set way of doing it, especially if you are freelancing.  Hope that helps some.

Steven B.
Humboldt & Toiyabe Rwy
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