I've created an album in the Gallery where I'm uploading various photos of the new Murray Logging Museum located in Mineral, WA. The museum is based around the restoration shop of the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and is the new destination for all of our excursion trains running out of Elbe, WA. I will be adding photos of the different logging equipment and related items from time to time. If you see anything that you would like more photos of, or have questions about, please ask!
The gallery is titled "Murray Logging Museum" and is located under my name:
I took a bunch of photos while at work yesterday and have just uploaded them to my gallery. Our new museum is a three-phase project and we're only about 1/2 way into phase 1, so still a lot to do. Many of the items in the photos have yet to be cosmetically restored and have appropriate signage installed. There's a host of smaller items that are in storage, and two big items that have yet to be moved to the site. One is a Willamette Iron & Steel Works tree-rigged skidder unit (perhaps the only complete unit in existence) that has been on display in the local camp ground since it was last used around 1971. The other is an entire steam powered sawmill which was in operation by the Frase family until 2009 when heavy snows collapsed the roof. We'll be moving all of the machinery and the boiler early in 2014. A new structure will be built at the museum for the machinery, though initially it will not be operable. I'm going to create a new gallery with photos of the mill as there are a lot of neat detail items for the modelers.
The sun was out yesterday, briefly, so I stopped and took a couple photos of the car-mounted "unit" (currently on display in the Lion's Club campground in Mineral, WA) that we will be moving to the Murray Logging Museum early next year. This machine was built by the Willamette Iron & Steel Works of Portland, OR for the West Fork Logging Company (then operating in Seabeck, WA) about 1923. The "unit" was originally composed of a Willamette 12"x14" two-speed yarder engine (the rear one) with a Willamette 10"x11" duplex loader engine up front. After the unit was relocated from Seabeck to the Mineral area in 1927, the loader engine was replaced with a Washington Iron Works 10"x12" duplex loader. West Fork logged the Mineral area until 1947 then transferred the logging operations to the St. Regis Paper Company which used the unit in the woods until the end of railroad operations about 1956. The unit was then set up along the shore of Mineral Lake (in use as a log pond since around 1910). Log trucks delivered their loads to the lake where they were sorted then loaded onto Milwaukee Road log cars for shipment to the huge St. Regis paper mill in Tacoma. The unit's trucks are long gone, but three years ago a pair of similar trucks were donated by a private collector and these will be going under the unit so that it can once again sit on the rails.