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 Posted: Mon May 28th, 2018 05:56 pm
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That last photo reminds me of the very nice laser-cut kit that Daniel Caso produced under his FACLAV banner,
which is regrettably no longer and which I am fortunate to have an example of sitting outside Updah's loco workshop.











I could even begin to think bits of Updah are prototypical Si! :bg:




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Alan:

Funny you should mention the Columbia and Cowlitz.
The very first railfan trip I took with John Henderson, which was the day I met him,
was a trip to that railroad which culminated in a cab ride in a leased Milwaukee SW (1200, I think).  

That was quite a trip.
The engineer didn't seem to take much care with the locomotive.
He would yank the throttle to notch 8, the locomotive would bellow and holler until the circuit breaker tripped.
At which point the engineer would slam the throttle closed, wait for the circuit breaker to reset, then yank it back to full throttle. 

Anyway, that trip was my introduction to John Henderson, the Big Muddy, and a life long (well, his anyway) friendship.  

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Hi Reg

Good to hear from you.

Although I never saw the Columbia & Cowlitz (CLC) operating on my trips with John Henderson,
I got a trip around the Longview mill with the CLC superintendent back in 1989,
and I did railfan the woods line a couple of times with John.
Yes riding the "big muddy" ( John's van to those not in the know ) was quite an experience.
The CLC is another inspiration for my model railroad

I did join the Peninsular Railway Museum - seems like they have fired up some equipment etc.
Any news from your perspective on them.

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Hi again Reg

Was wondering if you had any photos from that day with John H.

I have seen photos of mixed Weyerhaeuser/CLC consists on the Columbia and Cowlitz but no leased power.
Always thought WTC would have enough motors to help out their short line.
There is a JohnH photo in the Vail/McDonald book showing a leased MILW unit on the Chehalis Western,
so perhaps the CLC lease was part of a package.
Anyway interesting story and food for thought on my model.

Progress on the Henderson Bay branch looks good.

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Alan:

Now that I think about it...

We chased the Columbia & Cowlitz that day, but rode the Chehalis Western.  We also visited a scrap yard stocked with Milwaukee Little Joe's.  It was a busy day.

I will see if I can scare up some prints.  My photos are in a bit of disarray.   I've lots of great negatives that have never been printed.  Someday I would like a good photo scanner and work on those.  

Lots of good "Big Muddy" stories.  The best trip was a two-week trip to Alaska with John and "The Friar".  


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Hi Reg
 
That would make sense and then the photo in the Vail book must be on your trip.

Reminds me that in the "Logging to the Saltchuck" book there is a photo of Simpson's ballast spreader by John.
I was standing beside him when he took that- probably a bit open-mouthed at the sight of that contraption at work.

Hope you can get some of your photos sorted.

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A photo of the plow on that trip in 1989.





Think John was off in the brush to my left looking for a good shot.

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Alan:

I think I still have the slide show I put together for Johns memorial.  But I don't have a means of digitizing that stuff yet.

I suppose I should work on that.

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Hi Alan  :wave:



As well as some great modelling pix. ...













... & some great & unique historical pix. ... plus stories & tales from the tall timber as well ...









... including the mysterious enigmatic  " Big Muddy "  whatever on Earth that is/was ?  L:

It's lookin' good.  :thumb:

I wonder if the 'Andrews Company Shops' are riveting together an HO version ??  ???



;)



I took the liberty of doing a spot of 'digital welding' myself ...

... and 'welded on' your original 'Joining Freerails' Forum Thread, to this one ...

... since it contained mucho info & pix. from the tall timber in it's own right.



It all comes in 'date order', so it follows on quite nicely & no one will 'see the join' ...

... just like a big pine, superglued back together again !  :shocked:



I think you could be right, about moving your Thread from the HO Forum, to the Logging Forum ...

... as it looks like you have/will be Posting quite a bit of 'historical' material, as well as 'modelling'.

It may well mean that 'non-scale-specific' folk, interested in your prototypes, might stumble across it more easily and/or often.  :)



I remember what I thought was a really  C :cool: :cool: L  piece in the N.G.& S.L.G. back in the late '80s pre Internet days ...

... about mooodern Simpson & others, Diesel Forest Railroading in the Pacific Northwest.

I was tempted myself, had it not been for my then interest in 1:24n3  "rolling rust bucket narrow gauge logging".  ;)



Oh well ...

... never say die !  :P

My 'Tri-ang' road-switchers & lovely swingin' '60s log-cars, complete with the five 1/2" x 6" chunks of 'realistic' doweling, need a home !


You never know ? ... That '60s vintage dowelling, could well have come from the woods outside of Shelton !  :old dude:

:java:  Now there's a thought !!



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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Si:

I suppose I should poke my nose into the logging thread, as well.

My sources for Simpson are kind of shaky.   Shelton is a small town.  The politics of which have gotten just as ugly as they are on the national stage.  It is no longer sufficient to disagree with those in the opposition, you have to hate them.

I am not generally involved in politics, but have some skin in the game.  I tend to fire up the smoking word processor and generate my fair share of letters to the editor.  

Many of the movers and shakers in the museum are also involved in local politics.

Unfortunately, my political views are generally in opposition to the political views of most of the folks involved in the effort to establish the logging museum.  

At Forest Festival on Saturday, the museum had a booth.  Naturally, I dropped by to chat.  It was made quite clear that those folks want nothing to do with me.  

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