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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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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.
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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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Railroads in the Woods by John T. Labbe & Vernon Goe

First found a copy in my local library, then decided I needed my own copy, as everytime I went back to look at it - it was always checked out.

A detailed history of how the narrow gauge logging railroads were designed and built (focusing on the Cascades in Oregon mostly). Packed with fantastic black and white photos of the bridges and trestles, the geared locomotives (Heisler, Shay, Willamette, Baldwin, and Climax), donkeys, floats, rigging and the loggers themselves. 258 pages, published by Oso Publishing in 1995.

It can be found on eBay if you're patient, and Amazon. Surprisingly I found my copy rather inexpensive too. I paid under $25 shipped.

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Hi Chriss

I got around to getting a copy of this last year...
...despite being a 'retired' logger; now digging for the mother-lode !

AWESOME logging book !
Simply has to be one of the best there is.
Almost a case of ... if yer want 1, get this one.

Brilliant print quality on my copy...
...which I think is a fairly recent reprint.

:moose:

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We already had this book shown but since it is such a great book, we needed it again. Wonderful photos and great info for those who love sawdust and tall trees.

Woodie

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I need to get a copy of this someday, as it covers logging railroads in the immediate area I live in.
I agree that it's a very good book.

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Thanks for the info Chriss. I found a copy on Amazon for $27.

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Ken,
At $27.00 that's a great price, you'll love it - guaranteed!

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FYI, this is also an excellent book on the subject, and the photos are all in color:
https://www.amazon.com/Logging-Railroads-Pacific-Northwest-Color/dp/1582485151
All the RRs in this book are gone now, as Weyerhaeuser quite running out of Longview now long ago and Simpson out of Shelton (the last logging RR in the US) very recently, so soon that all their equipment is still there at this time...
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This post is for testing only.
Sorry no new content today.

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My copy of the book arrived. Thanks to everyone who recommended this. Not only is my copy 'as new' it is a wonderful book. It will take a long time to check out the whole thing... zillions of great pictures.

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Hi Ken.

I think the only book I've got of logging pix that comes close to it...
...is a big book of Darius Kinseys photographs.
He was a great photographer !!

I'm envious of you Ken.
I can see my copy under a huge stack of files I DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT !!
But it needs careful extraction !

:moose:

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Again, this is a wonderful and well-loved book. The photos are first rate and verbage is easy to read. One of my very favorites for sure.

If I believed in the star rating, I'd give it a 10.

Woodie

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Worth the money, huh? Thought you'd like it! It sure is packed with great info, in fact I had to renew it three times from the library before I just got my own copy.

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I was just looking (again) at my copy this morning while chugging coffee and "realized" that a nice, early day narrow gauge logging line could be easily built in On30 using Bachmann 0-4-0ts and 0-4-2ts, some homemade disconnect log trucks (again, an easy project), and perhaps some "special" cars. Structures might be just camp cars and a mess car. No real need for a sawmill, just the cutting area. The only real work might be the hundreds (thousands?) of nice trees! One of the 0-4-0t's might have a "dummy" superstructure. Grandt Line made one for O scale or a Hawk cable car kit would work also.
Rough track, link & pin couplers, little locos and cars...what could be better? If I didn't have something to occupy my time now, I would probably build a small logger like those in the book. Hmmm...I have 2 little Porters and several sets of Kadee HO disconnects, and...I gotta quit thinking!

This is a wonderful book, I would advise everyone to get a copy. It just might change some modeling minds.
Woodie

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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!
Rick

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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.

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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.

Woodie

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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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