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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2013 10:14 am
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Many years back, I had a copy of Railroads in the Woods by John Labbe & Vernon Goe...I "loaned" it to a "friend" and never got it back. Recently, I found a new copy of this great book, now published by OSO PUBLISHING, and snatched it up. Nope, it will not leave my posession (nor any of my other books) but become a great reference for ideas and general browsing. While I am not modeling a logger now, I am still "et up with" the industry and railroads. This has about 250 pages of great logging photos and info about the lines shown. If you love funky locos built in the backwoods, tiny Porters, mainline locos hauling logs, and of course all the equipment used in the timber...then get this book.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=labbe+%26+goe&sts=t&tn=railroads+in+the+woods

ABE has copies of this un' for not much scratch and it should be in every logger's library and also in libraries of those who just love trains and photography. What more can I say? Lots......

Woodie



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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2013 03:17 pm
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Woodie: You beat me to the punch. I was also going to suggest "Railroads in the Woods". One of my favorites, every time I open it up I see and learn something new.
Ron D.

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I agree! I refer to "Railroads in the Woods" constantly for real examples of prototype practice. Just this week-end, I built a cinder catcher based on photos from the book.

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I picked up a copy of "Railroads in the Woods" on ebay this weekend.  Can't wait for it to arrive!
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I concur, great book.
Several of the railroads in that book are very close to where I live, so I had to get a copy even though I'm not into modeling logging lines.



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When I was in school in the early 1970s I visited Mr Labbe several times - he was quite a gentleman and freely shared info from his collection.

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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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John, you are a very fortunate man to have Mr. Labbe and Mr. Spears as friends. I always wanted to meet Jack Work, he influenced me in those days of yore. And the photos of Mr. Spears' logging camp led me to believe that he was showing photos of a real camp, nobody could (or did then) build and photograph something that realistic.
Thanks for the memories.

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My copy is looking at me from the little workbench in our living room. Great book. We had a power outage a while back and I made it about halfway through the book, magnifying glass in hand. Fascinating!

Aren't books great.

And the kid said... 'what is a book'?



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I received my copy in the mail yesterday.  Briefly leafed through it last night - lots of cool stuff!
I found at least three things I want to model already. :)
Rick



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