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    Howdy All,

    As I tend to do, and probably a few of us here, I collect interesting pieces that may have some future use. I've had in the back of my mind for many years a plan for some kind of logging railway, but have never actually built one. I have been, however, collecting the bits I'd need. I have a Bachmann Shay (and the necessary replacement NWSL gears), and recently acquired a nice United Climax:



    It's a fine runner and a looker to boot.

    Now, as I have no space for a layout, I have to decide which small slice of logging life I want to try and model. I like the idea of a small engine terminal, a camp, a log dump or maybe a small mill. I have a Keystone Danby mill kit that I've has for ages so I might start there.

    I'm going to call this new line the Oregon Lumber Company, which was a real railway in Oregon, but I'm going to be freelancing. I want to be able to tie it in with another proto-freelanced line I'm working on in HOn3 based on the Sumpter Valley Railway, (as well as a completely fictitious interurban line called the Portland Electric).

    We will see how far I can get with this plan, a move and some additional space may be coming. I'll post updates, as they happen.

    Regards,

    Cody

  • #2
    Good luck with obtaining more space Cody. :up:

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    • #3
      Good luck with the move Cody. be looking for you up and coming posts.
      Jerry



      "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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      • #4
        Always room for Jello!

        Nice loco, make room!

        Philip
        Philip

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        • #5
          Thanks folks!

          I've had many false starts on a logging layout, hopefully I can make this one stick.


          -Cody

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          • #6
            Sounds like a good start!

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            • #7
              Well as luck would have it I'll be moving sooner rather than later so some space will be opening up for me. So expect some progress on this line in early 2021!

              In the meantime I've been collecting parts for a string of 36' flatcars with logging bunks and will be starting them shortly. I've also been debating converting my Bachmann Shay to a 2-truck model. A forum member posted about that a while back and I quite liked the look...

              More soon!

              -Cody

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              • #8
                Although moving isn’t usually much fun, the idea of more room changes things. I’m looking forward to watching future developments here.

                Mike
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                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                • #9
                  Good luck Cody. Remember a RR does not have to be deep. You can do a lot with backdrops and flats with a narrow long run around a small room.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for following along everyone!

                    Larry, I was thinking the same, I'd like to build something modular that can be easily placed on a shelf...

                    -Cody

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                    • #11
                      I mentioned in the first post I'd like to have an interchange with a freelance interurban route, I've been calling it the Portland Electric for lack of a better name. However, I just stumbled upon the Oregon Electric Railway : https://www.american-rails.com/oer.html

                      I'm going to do some more looking but this seems like an ideal prototype to base my freelance line on. And the lead photograph of a GE Steeplecab pulling a loaded log train is something I'd like to try and recreate...

                      -Cody

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                      • #12
                        So even though I'm not sure of the measurements of the space available in the new place, I've been doodling some ideas just for fun.



                        This is a 6x9 foot plan using eight 18" x 3' modules. It could be built in HO, HOn3 or HOn30, I didn't have a real theme in mind when I sketched this. It would be adjusted if I were to try and build it in real life because the curved turnouts over module joints seems like a terrible idea...

                        I'll post a couple plans with a logging theme shortly.

                        -Cody

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                        • #13
                          This one is specifically a logging layout for a 6x10 foot room:



                          Lower left would be a camp and log dump, top left would be the shops then a meandering run to staging at the bottom right, though I'd probably finish it to look like a yard. Another siding would be added somewhere for my Danby Mill. This could be built modular as well.

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                          • #14
                            Finally, (for now), another logging/mining plan though this one would be difficult to build modular:



                            Staging would be hidden on a lower shelf on the right side, trains would come out of a tunnel (bottom right) and proceed up grade until reaching the highest level (top left). The whole layout is essentially a 1-1/2 turn helix which could have some fairly dramatic mountain scenery without too taxing a grade. I doubt I'll try and build this one, it's fun to think about though.

                            More soon!

                            -Cody

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                            • #15
                              Howdy folks,

                              While I did manage to obtain a bit of space, it was short lived and another move is in progress. Oh well. In spite of that I'm still brainstorming ideas for this project and stumbled upon a great post from a blog by prolific modeller James Hilton. He's building a logging cameo mini layout that is pretty much the embodiment of what I was thinking:

                              https://paxton-road.blogspot.com/202...in-h0.html?m=1

                              (It's worth following his blog, he does very sharp and interesting work)

                              In the meantime, I've been acquiring bits for the eventual layout. The most recent major piece is a lovely Mack AC railbus made by Lambert Associates, from the late 70s or early 80s I think
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                              (Pictured here with my HOn30 Maine railbus for scale)

                              It's not a great runner at the moment but some tinkering will improve things I'm sure. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with it. Once some space opens up I'm still pretty focused on getting something running.

                              More soon! (Someday I'm sure)

                              ​​​​​​​-Cody

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