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[Gazette] Timberroads – Details, Prototypes, References

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 21 May 2021 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

I got some requests about references and details for timber roads. Therefore I made this gazette issue with the details I researched. I posted references to the websites where I got my info from and also hints to other books to this topic.

I came to this type of railroad during research of a prototype loco of my Toma Shay in Hon30. Actually, wooden rails were not new to me, but I never spend so many research before.

Anyway, while looking for 13 Ton Shays as my Toma Shay, I found the following photos.

Lima Shop# 172 – “Bishop Lumber Co.”

Lima Shop# 174 – “Jones, S. A. & Son”

Lima Shop# 191 – “Dixon Sawmill”

Lima Shop# 289 – “Leavitt & Leavitt #4”

Lima Shop# 628 – “Warnell Lumber & Veneer Co. #2”

These locos operated on wooden rails as can be seen on the photos or found in the description of Lima records. For use on wooden rails, such locos were equipped with extra wide tires and deep flanges, which are good visible on Shay #174.

Based on the loco above, I spend some more research at www.shaylocomotives.com and www. gearedsteam.com, resulting in the following list of Lima shop numbers. Judging by records or photographs, these locos operated on wooden rails.

#57, #89, #168, #172, #174, #191, #196, #254, #289, #290, #300, #403, #434, #433, #439, #469, #477, #516, #617, #628

Most of such locos were 13 ton classes. #57 might be the smallest with 7 tons while biggest loco weights 17 tons (#628). Gauge varies between 30″ and std.gauge (#191).
A special loco is #254, which is listed with 60″ gauge and seems to be build for operation on so pole-roads, which used full logs instead of sawn timber for rails. Usually, this was a territory for Climax locos and not for Shays.

But how about the tramroad timber rails? Here I found a good article about the D. H. Eastin & Company.

This railroad used tiny Shay #57 and operated for approx. 10 years. The link above features some photos which shows details on the track as well. Halfway down the article is a photo of a small section of track which has survived into our times and gives detailed information. The rails were made of two layers of hardwood timbers, each 2×5″, bolted on top of each other with overlap. Usually, there were wooden bolts and pins used, to avoid damage to the wheels. This results in a 4″ high and 6″ wide rail head. On some railroads, stripes of thin metal were added on top of the timber rails. Even turnouts were not uncommon with timber rails. Remember the D.H.Eastin&Co above, which operated several switchbacks on their railroad. Most timber turnouts wer21e built as stub-switches and often with switchable frogs. Unfortunately, I only found very few photos in books, which cannot be shared here.

For more details and information, I can recommend the book series “Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills”, which features many small tramroads like the “Yellow Pine Lbr.Co.”.

If you have further questions, feel free to ask, Maybe I can help.
Bye, Gerd

landscape gardening

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 April 2021 with 2 Comments

Hi folks,

actually, the railroad projects are on hold, as we start work to rearrange the lower portion of the garden. In the past weeks, I moved a lot of stones and earth.

The space below the railroad station will be covered with wood to store crates of rolling stock and kid toys. The ground in front will get filled up to level the lawn and off course, new grass will be installed as well. To support the new layer of dirt, I added a dry wall from sandstone.

There were some more corners, which need some attention. I added slices of sandstone to an old concrete wall. Once dry, I’ll cut off the excess on top and create more weatherproof storage capacity here.

Most stone work is done. So, the next weeks, I’ll install the storage shelfs and dig over the ground for further processing.

Cheers, Gerd

Hm… what might be inside?

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 22 February 2021 with 2 Comments

More comming soon, here on my blog.

Happy new year, happy new project ;-)

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 4 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hello my friends, I hope you had a good start into 2021. I wish you all the best and especially health!! Those who are also following me on youtube might have seen the video below already. In the upcomming weeks, I’ll share more details about the new little loco and it’s features. I’ll also spend […]

Railroad making in December

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 19 December 2020 with 3 Comments

Hi folks, I’m not very busy in logging railroad projects at the moment, but here and there, I find other projects to be done. Like this sweet one here. I plan a new small model railroad layout to be build next year. It will not be related to logging railroads as usual on my blog, […]

Best wishes for december

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 7 December 2020 with 4 Comments

What’s up?

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 with 4 Comments

Hi folks, it has been quite here in the past weeks. Don’t worry, we’re all well, but we had a lot of other tasks to manage. Therefore the hobby-time was rare and more often, I was to exhausted, to make any progress on my projects. Anyway, I operate some trains on my Hon30 layout from […]

[Waldbahn Gazette] – Updates from the others

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 with 5 Comments

Hello folks, the last issue of my „Waldbahn-Gazette“ was published a long time ago, so it’s time for some updates from other logging railroads and my friends. Waldbahn „Horský Dolina“ The Waldbahn „Horský Dolina“ was first featured in my blog in Feb 2019. Tobias has extended his railroad with a new branch, including two new […]

Short break

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, spontaneously, I took a break from model trains last week and simply enjoyed the summer and family. Therefore there’s no update on the caboose this week. But it will continue next week. I already did some progress on the planking and it looks great. So stay tuned for next weeks update. Relaxed regards, […]

My new keyboard

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 with 3 Comments

Are you in trouble and need good arguments for your honey, why garden railroad trains are useful and handy? Well, here’s a genius life-hack for you: I proudly present “Logging railroader’s keyboard”. Well, it’s finally a joke to fill a gap here in my blog. I’m working on some bigger projects recently and didn’t find […]