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The Last Logging Railway

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Richard P posted some pictures to alt.binaries.pictures.rail and now has a website for them and more. This is believed to be the last logging railroad in North America, and it may also be the only privately owned logging railroad in the world.

At one time the North West was full of little railways, lightly laid with tight curves and many switchbacks to get into the cut blocks. Climax and Shay developed steam locomotives to cope with the conditions and track was relaid as needed to keep up with the loggers. This type of operation is not feasible with current logging practice, but examples can still be seen at the BC Forest Museum in Duncan on Vancouver Island.

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Joni Mitchell

Written by Stephen Rees

January 28, 2007 at 11:33 am

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