Laying Track in the Woods in Oregon

I belong to a Facebook page called, “Steam in the Woods.” The page is the “property” of Martin Hansen who appears to have a vast library of old logging photos. Most of his posts, whilst very interesting in their own right, do not have relevance to logging along the Mendocino Coast. Once in a while one comes up which really catches my eye …..  like this one:

Laying Track in Oregon in 1907

Laying Track in Oregon in 1907

First Martin’s comments on the pic:

This scene captures Oregon Lumber Co. Shay #101 CN#1884 blt. 1907, on a track laying operation. The ties are up front because 2 men can carry ties back to the new grade. The rails are on the flat at the rear ready to be pulled off again by hand. This is a ritual that was repeated, over and over again for construction of logging spurs. The reverse procedure was then repeated many times to pull up the track laid perhaps only 1 or 2 seasons past once the surrounding area was cut. The image is from the SVRR Archives collections.

This is the only pic I have seen of track laying in the woods. Whilst this photo was taken in Oregon I can’t imagine it was much different along the Mendocino Coast.


Sunsets on the Mendocino Coast (CA)

One of the delights of visitors to Fort Bragg (CA) are the sunsets. Sunsets are not talked about in the visitor guides to this part of the world but visitors to our Model Railroad layout sure talk about them when we have a cracker.  There are several great spots: Mendocino Main Street looking out over Mendo Bay, atop the Pudding Creek Trestle and at the end of the boardwalk at McKerricher State Park to name just a very few. These shots were (as usual) gathered from hither and yon but most came from the Facebook page, “You know you’re from Mendocino if ……”

Deer on a Mendocino Coast Beach

Until I saw these two photos it had never occurred to me that deer went onto the beach. I have no idea if this is a rare or regular event. I asked wife, Sarah, about it – she goes to the beach very frequently with her hounds – and she said she had never seen a deer anywhere a beach.

Stags sparring on a Mendocino Coast Beach

Stags sparring on a Mendocino Coast Beach


Deer leaving the water on a Mendocino Coast beach

Deer leaving the water on a Mendocino Coast beach

These pics were in one of Lynn Catlett’s, “You know if you are from Mendocino if……………..” Facebook page.

If anyone can shed any light on the dubject of deer on beaches I’d be happy to hear from them.


Union Lumber Company’s (ULC) Log Pond

In our website there is a gallery of pictures of log ponds attached to mills up and down the Mendocino Coast – see here. Alas, there are no pics of the log pond that belonged the biggest mill on the Mendocino Coast, that of  ULC here in Fort Bragg. Well, that has changed as I have just unearthed not one but two pics of the ULC log pond:

ULC Log Pond

ULC Log Pond

ULC Log Pond - logs being unloaded

ULC Log Pond – logs being unloaded

Railbus M200 which used to belong to the Califiornia Western Railroad running at Niles Canyon

The California Western Railroad (aka The Skunk Train) used to have four railbuses – M80, M100, M200 and M300. One of them, M-200, still exists and is still running but not on the Skunk Line. She has been completely restored and she runs on the Niles Canyon Railroad (out of Sunol not too far from San Francisco).

M200  was built bythe Skagit Steel & Iron Works, MAC Division, in January 1926.  Only her rear truck is powered by a diesel-hydraulic engine. She weighs 21 tons.  Her history: She was built new for the  Longview, Portland and Northern Railway  as their #20. She became the Trona Railway #22, Trona.  She was cquired by the California Western Railroad in 1941 as  #M200. She was acquired unserviceable by the Niles Canyon Railroad in July 1975. Completely restored she returned to service in 1985.  Her inaugural passenger service was in May 21, 1988.  She is still in service as this vid shows:

Thanks to our Chief Operating Officer, Frank Davis, for the heads up on this one.