3 Gears In The Woods
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7 Different Steam Logging Operations In The American West.
Describes seven different logging operations in the American west with steam locomotives. First, a St. Regis shay switches the yard. Then the camera follows a narrow gauge West Side shay into the tall timber trailing skeleton log cars. She returns with gargantuan loads of Sugar Pine rocking from side to side; a load shifts and the crew hasten to dog it back onto the car. A standard gauge Heisler dances around the log dump like a daddy long legs spider. Next you see an Osborne Bay shay switching the docks. Hillcrest's renowned Climax thrashes about the property like a fireworks pinwheel and then the Feather River Lumber Co. shays deep in the Sierra wilderness.
The final segment shows you rod engines used for logging: a MacMillan-Bloedel 2-6-2 and a Southwest Logging Industries 2-6-6-2, charging across the high country in Arizona. Then, Rayonier tank mallets. Climb into the cab of #8 as she heads into the woods and returns with logs of Bunyan size. Finally, the McCloud River railroad in the 10 foot drifts of February. A sparkling vignette in brilliant sunshine with Mt. Shasta towering behind as the doughty #25 shoulders her way the length of the line McCloud to Hambone.
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