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The last image is of the lumber Co. drying kilns BTW.

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Hi Guys,

Was searching for Mich-Cal info on the net and stumbled onto your site. As I was scanning through the text I saw my cable car model mentioned a couple times. Thanks for the kind words !! Wanted to let you know that its still "alive and well" after 40+ years (yipes).

Got interested in the Mich-Cal back in the early 70's. Was modeling with a couple logging fans and picked up Steve Polkinghorn's book. Saw the cable system and decided to build it in HO scale. Started out as a pair of dioramas at the time and was fortunate to win the Gold Award at the NMRA national convention in Atlanta, 1973. Its now a section of my train room with the dioramas blended into the two sides of the mountains spanning the American River. Did a writeup with pictures in the 2005 May/June & July/August Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette. Has also been on layout tours for NMRA and Narrow Gauge conventions.

Tried to get to the tower locations on a couple trips to California, but never succeeded. Way confusing in those hills and roads. Still on my bucket list to get up there some day.

Look forward to chatting with you guys,

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Howdy Bob and welcome to Freerails. Yes, I do remember your tramway...a most impressive work! And you made me remember that it was Atlanta (not St. Louis) where I saw it soooo many years ago. Don't be shy, we love photos and if you can, we have a live chat every Sunday at 9PM Central time. Just go to menu and click on chat and get ready. I know you'll love it here.

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Thanks Woodie & Herb for the welcome.

Have lots of pics of the cable car system - just have to see which ones were in the Gazette so I don't use those. Normally offline over the weekend so will do next week.

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Hi Guys,

Uploaded some pics of the cable car model to the Gallery.  These are ones that did not appear in the NGSL Gazette.

Enjoy !!

    Bob

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Check out Bob's Gallery pics.

GREAT model of the Mich. Cal. cable !!

:moose:

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Yep, and I got to see it operate. The 2 sections were set up in the NMRA contest room, probably about 10 or so feet apart, and the carriage with loaded lumber car went back & forth. Just amazing and ultra cool! Needless to report, the cable way took Best of Show that year.

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Great pictures and modeling. The question that comes up to me is, "how did they manage to get a loco to the loading side?" I think the cable system was not strong enough to hold a locomotive.

Alwin

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Hi Alwin :wave:

Not 100% on this.
Long time since I read the book.
But.
I believe the locomotives were moved in 'parts'...
...& assembled/re-assembled on the other side.

Not sure if they used the cable to do this...
...or if the 'parts' were moved by a different route.

The cable, of course, was the most efficient way of getting the lumber moved.

A very unique & interesting operation, the Mich. Cal.
May just have a browse through Polkinghorn later :bg:

I think I would have been TERRIFIED to ride the cable though ! ;)

:moose:

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