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 Posted: Sun Nov 19th, 2017 11:14 pm
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Alan Sewell
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I have just joined Freerails after some prompting from member Reg Hearn so thought I would give a heads up on who I am what  do I model.
So I am Alan Sewell, married with three grown and flown children and live in Hertford UK about 20 miles north of London.  I have been semi-retired for the past five years but still do some work as an accountant/ consultant to a transport museum.
My modelling, and railfan, experience goes back to the mid-1960’s when I visited the slate quarries in North Wales and then other industrial railroads in the UK and Europe and got hooked on this type of operation.

This using UK equipment was never satisfactory, but then I discovered North American prototypes and especially logging/short line railroads and HO scale equipment. I have now been building]my home logging empire, Andrews Lumber Co in various forms. for over thirty years.  This is now an HO-scale freelance standard-gauge logging and forest products railroad, based on the operations, equipment etc. used by the Simpson Timber Co and the Weyerhaeuser Co in western Washington. I have assumed that the company operates a large sawmill and pulp mill on the north bank of the Columbia River, a few miles downstream from Longview WA. A logging railroad runs from this into the coastal mountains, in area in which the Long-Bell and Crown Zellerbach companies ran railroad logging operations until the 1950's. The mill's finished products are shipped out on the company's own shortline interchanging with the BN/NP, MILW & UP mainline from Seattle to Portland at Longview Junction.
In the real world, Andrews Lumber Corporation exists in a 14 x 12 conversion to our loft. Trackwork is largely complete and most scenery complete in the mill area. I can operate in what I hope is a prototypical manner using Lenz DCC. This is presently in a late 50’s early 60’s timeframe using mainly first generation diesels but with some steam hanging on in log spur/work train roles.  The main headquarters camp and the shortline/Class I railroad junction are still in the plywood pacific stage as I had to them  tear down to do some re-working but I hope to get back to scenery during the next year.  I also intend to run more modern operations (say 1970-now) as well and have alternative Andrews Forest Products units to work this.
 I guess this is not the usual “rolling rust bucket" narrow gauge logging layout but I am interested (my wife might say obsessed) with building and operating in a prototypical manner and collecting information is important. I have been to the Pacific Northwest on four occasions in 1989/1999 and 2007/2015 visiting Simpson at Shelton, Weyerhaeuser at Longview and Klamath Falls and the Western Forest Products Englewood railroad on Vancouver Island as well as a number of smaller operations. These visits have helped me understand how logging railroads operated, as well as giving the perspective which you get from seeing the real thing. A big bonus was spending some time with John Henderson and following this with almost weekly e-mails. His death left a big hole in the knowledge of logging and I lost a friend as well.
I know Reg has posted some recent photos of my modelling and I will hope to share progress or not with the group
Hope this is of interest and I will be able to contribute in the future
Best wishes
Alan 

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Hi Alan :wave:



Good to see you Posting on Freerails. :)

I borrowed this  C :cool: :cool: L   photo, which Reg Posted, of Alans railroad. :thumb:





Trains, logging, dozers, junkque ... What more could one want ? ! :bg:

Perhaps Alan can explain  .  .  . L:



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The photo is a general view of part of the HO-scale mill yard at "Jennis" WA.
Mill switcher Alco S-2 #111 and caboose are at the railroad dispatcher’s office and Hartford & Cowlitz FM H10-44 D-2 sits on the engine house lead. The two tracks next to the Alco are the empty yard (Creek Yard). In the background is the dry lumber shed with the lumber mill off to the left. Fuel oil/diesel and water tanks are on the edge of Jennis Creek. Part of the woods diesel is lurking behind the oil tank.
Hope that makes sense
Alan

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Howdy Alan and welcome to Freerails. On another post, we were talking about the apparent lack of modern standard gauge logging layouts...and you have built a nice one. Please send more photos, we love photos!

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What Woodie said.....more photos please,ohh, and welcome to the forum.....Peter



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Alan
Welcome to the group, nice looking layout and concrpt,
looking forward to more photos of the layout.

Interesting point about the WFP Englewood operation, is
that they also served a mine / mill operation along their line. Just a added twist to a logging operation.

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Alan Sewell wrote: This is now an HO-scale freelance standard-gauge logging and forest products railroad, based on the operations, equipment etc. used by the Simpson Timber Co and the Weyerhaeuser Co in western Washington.



Alan,
Welcome to the forum!
Sadly, Simpson abandoned their railroad operations out of Shelton not long ago and Weyerhaeuser did the same before that out of Longview. I live in this general area, and it's sad to watch the last two logging railroads in the US stop running.

There's a group looking to run trains out of Shelton on Simpson's tracks. They have some passenger cars stored at Chehalis (on the former Milwaukee Road tracks) waiting for a time when the Puget Sound and Pacific RR an get them out there. They have at least one of the SW switchers donated to their effort by the company that owns Simpson. The roundhouse in Shelton is still there, but probably not for much longer.
http://www.ifiberonenewsradio.com/news/local_news/historic-railroad-museum-project-on-track/article_1fe8a7a4-58f7-11e6-b34b-076f0f9bcbe2.html
And of course, I model a RR on the opposite side of the country!



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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2017 11:05 pm
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Yes I know both those operations and was saddened when Simpson closed. I think there must have been some desire by the Simpson family shareholders to get out. Weyerhaeueser also seems to have cut back, although when I visited the mill in 2015 it was still an interesting rail operation but not the woods ops I saw in 1999. Now I understand WFP at Englewood have closed the railroad so my modelling will be of history for even a "modern" logger.
Best wishes
Alan

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Welcome Allen, glad to see that you thought  enough  of us to join up!

And Reg, Thanks for encouraging Allen!

As everyone else has mentioned, we love pictures- even if they are of unfinished projects.

The one thing that we stress is to have fun.

Hope to hear a lot more from you.

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Alan,

Welcome aboard!  There's nothing like visiting the sites that you want to model.  Photos and maps don't always cut it.  Often you need to experience the 'feel' of the area you're trying to re-create.

The California Western between Willits and Fort Bragg is a standard gauge railroad that use to be a logging line.  Now it's there for the tourist trade.  They still have some neat equipment to see including The Skunk.

I hand made a few trees for a past On30 layout using fern for the branches.  It wasn't hard to do, but it was time consuming especially the 18" and 24" tall trees.

Like other have requested please keep the photos coming!



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