Rayonier - The Last Steam Logger - Greg Scholl Video Productions5 of 5 (1)
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Maynard Laing ventured to Washington's Olympic Penninsula to capture the end of an era, with steam locomotives working the forests hauling out fresh log trains to the mill. The Rayonier mainline was 45 miles long, and featured several serviceable engines including articulated 2-6-6-2's. Two of them are seen on log trains including #14 and ex-Sierra Railway #38. In addition we are treated to 2-8-2 #90 in operation, and see some scenes at Railroad Camp, which was the engine facility for the steam locomotives. Mr. Laing has some very good footage here which includes operations in 1960 and 1961. There is coverage of the ceremonial last steam runs, and even a run of engine 90 on a special run for a TV crew. Mr. Laing not only preserved these images, but he also purchased engine #70, a 2-8-0, which is seen on a freight train being towed to a new home. This video like the others is a piece of American railroading history. Greg Scholl Video Productions
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Rayonier - The Last Steam Logger - Greg Scholl Video Productions
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-08-01 03:33:56.
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This 1998 program was the second GSVP program to feature the vintage 16mm films of Maynard Laing with on location sound by Elwin purrington who was also credited for the background research section along with Mt. Rainier Scenic employee Tim Daubert. Former Sierra railroad 2-6-6-2 number 38 also appeared in the 2015 title: western steam loggers. Amazingly enough, the filmmaker purchased 2-8-2 number 70 which would later be restored & operate on the Elbe to mineral line in the Mt. Rainier area. This short video captures the final days of steam on a logging railroad. It is an interesting look at both the engines & the way logging operations work before all assignments were taken over by diesels.