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How Does A Logging Camp Grow ?
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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 06:22 am
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Richard Hughes
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Good evening:cb:. I have been posting in the On30 about track designs for a portable layout i want to build.I would like to include a logging camp at one end of the layout.I would like to know what type of buildings would a logging camp need to start out.I want a small camp as the layout is 2'x24'.I have 2'x9' for the camp.I was thinking of camp cars for the loggers to sleep in,a food shack to eat at & a shower building.Did they put theses on flat cars to begin the operations,and then build more permanet buildings as the camp grew?What other buildings would be built and in what order? My time period is 1930s to 1950s.I want it to be a very small operation at first and build it as if there are trucks from other areas hauling logs to a loading point,(because I like building trucks)until they get the tracks built.Would they have one bigger camp where all the building would be built,then the loading points at other locations? I guess thats enough Questions.I will be in and out of internet service till after Xmas,so I might not be able to reply as soon as normal.Thank you,Richard

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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 05:40 pm
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Hi Richard!  Logging camps run the gamut.  
The limit of your imagination is the limit of the camp.  Rail served camps could be more "permanent" like West Side's Camp 24 (lasting until end of operations 1962).  Many of the cabins were skid cabins but were there for a while.  Pickering's Soap Creek was also more permanent (lasting until the end of rail operations in the 1960s), some buildings had skids, others were built on site.  But Crandall in the Hole was temporary was more temporary and was left there when the lumbering was finished because the fleas were so bad and they company didn't want to bring the skid shacks/fleas back.  These camps were in operation during your target dates.

Bodie Land and Lumber (1880s) had log cabins built in the woods and did not use skid cabins.  I bet tents were used too for the scale of logging that was done in the summer. That is how I will model it when I build my camp.

Logging camps like Soap Creek and I think Camp 24 were reload sites, trucks bringing logs in to load on flats or being skidded to the site for loading so they lasted a long time.  You could bring cabins in by flat to make the camp "grow."  With the nature of logging you could pretty much do anything that you wanted and be well within prototype.  You could even do a progression, with a new "camp" at the end of the line and load out on the way.  Basically, showing an earlier camp that morphed into something more and is now a load out.  I know this is very vague, but really, there is no set way of doing it, especially if you are freelancing.  Hope that helps some.



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Steven; Your answer was what I was looking for.Thank you for the reply.I do more "Richards way or Just my way":glad: I think this is why I will like to model the Logging camps.There is no right way to do it.As the camp grew thru the years,such as Camp 24,what would some of the buildings that were built.I'm guessing the first buildings were for taking care of the loggers needs.And after that more support buildings as the number of people grew living in the camp.I like the load out idea before getting to the camp.I think i will build a couple of track tractors to pull trees back to load out.After your reply i have started to think in a different way about what i want in my logging area.Thank you,  Richard

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