Logging East Tennessee on the C&S RR

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Doctor G

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    Track Plan and more pictures

    Hi
    I was able to photograph the schematic the Dispatcher uses on the C&S RR to keep the logging and general merchandise trains from colliding with each other. I hope it is somewhat helpful in giving a sense of where the pictures have been made. So far the photographer has been in Railcamp and Scouttown.
    In fact there is work going on in 1929 Scouttown at Mill #2. It is the Depression and folks are GLAD they have jobs!!! 25 % unemployment was recorded at the peak of the Depression.
    Here we see a logging train at Kittom Mill #2 with a load of good Tennessee lumber ready for the mill. Included is an overview shot of the Kittom @ Mill Complex made from a kitbashed Walthers kit.
    Doc Tom:wave:

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    Christmas Trees

    It was Saturday and some of the boys needed more hours of work and there was not much going on at the mill.
    Boss Tom sent the loggers up in the woods to get a few early season Christmas trees cut down to send to his family back East.
    Doc Tom:wave:

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    You have some awesome logging going on!

    Any more pics of the landings or log dumps? And the bunkhouses :)
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    Logging Camp One

    Yes sir ytter_man we have some pics of the logging landings. Here is Camp #1 loading last fall's load of cut timber. Shay #1, the last wood burner on the RR,leads the train while the kitbashed loader and Barnhart are steam powered. Full rigging for a two spool loader is also in place but difficult to see in the picture. Doc Tom:wave::killer:

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    Whoooaaa.....That's a RR's paradise..!!! Love those little tea kettles chugging around the RR....
    I'm green with envy...:mrgreen:
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    Where is good ole' Hound Dog? "Cause he ain't in that there Aut-ee-mo-beele! :mrgreen:
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    Where is Hound Dog Taylor?

    Well sir, that Old Shay is so slow that Hound Dog slipped in to Bill's Bar B Que restaurant ordered up a slab of ribs and a cool suds. He was finished and wiping his chin and that Shay was still chugging across the crossing. So he ordered up a piece of pecan pie. Those geared locomotives are very slow!!!!!
    Doc Tomsign1
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    Hound Dog trys to get to work

    Seems Hound Dog finished off a meal fit for a king and is ready to get back to ruling his fiefdom at Kittom#2 Mill where he is The Boss. That's him outside Bill's restaurant in the sawdust covered coat complaining to Bill the bare chested owner about the increasing traffic problems in Scouttown.
    Seems the Shay finally got moved on down the line but now the road is blocked by another less than speedy iron nag with its load in tow. Y'all traffic is a problem everywhere, its just a little different and slower in the hollers of Tennessee!!!
    Doc Tom:wave:

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    Now everything STOPS for Miss Kitty

    Now here is a sight that will stop all traffic (including steam locomotives) in the sleepy little town of Scouttown. Miss Kitty is strutting here stuff at the Scouttown Station and everything halts for a look see.
    Doc Tom:cool:

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    :mrgreen::mrgreen:!!
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    Tourist train at Cedar Fork Iron Furnace

    The C&S RR hauls more than timber and lumber or lumber and timber. In fact the beauty of the Smokey Mountains attracts tourists from all over and the C&S is only too willing to provide the transportation services the travelling public requests. Here is Heisler "Big 6" hauling the tourist and passenger train to Cedar Fork Creek. The locomotive is lettered for the "C&S Scenic Railroad" for this special part of the line's operations and the locomotive is kept fairly clean.
    The train stops at the old iron furnace from the 1830's that is being studied by the University of Tennessee Archeology Department from over in Knoxville. It is an interesting structure that is a cast plaster model from a mold made by RR buddy Bill Nelson who modelled the actual Cumberland Iron Furnace from here in Middle Tennessee.
    Hope you like the sites and tell your friends about it we need more tourists!!!!
    Doc Tom:twisted:

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    The Two Spot at Kit Creek

    A little further down the mainline of the C&S RR we spy the number two spot crossing the trestle at Kit Creek on a bright sunny day. The engine and crew has been hauling logs for 15 years now and they never tire of the view of the beautiful Smokey Mountains.
    Doc Tom:wave:

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    More Revenue for the C&S RR

    Smyth Coal operates a small coal mine tucked in a hollow in East Tennessee's Great Smokey Mountains. To get their product to market they rely on the geared locomotives of the C&S RR and its connection with the Southern RR in Caseyville Tennessee. The mine is just east of Kit Creek water tank.
    A big customer of Smyth Coal is the C&S RR itself that fuels its locomotives and the Kittom Lumber Company Donkey engines with the black diamonds. Except for engine # 1 that continues to use mill scraps to provide its locomotion.
    Doc Tom:oops:

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    jawdrop :wave7: jawdrop ​
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    Thanks for the feedback

    Hi Gus and Galen,
    Thank you for the nice feedback. Getting the response keeps our company photographer out in the wilds of Eastern Tennesse braving rattlesnakes and copperheads to bring back pictures for Zealot.com.
    This is a very nice hobby site with an easy to use upload of digital photos. I have started to use this thread to chronicle the C&S RR to show co-workers the railroad online.
    Doc Tom:grin::steamtrain:
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    The CLASSIC logging photo

    Well here is the Classic logging photo of a Climax fording a creek on its way to the Bottomlands log loading site.
    I have seen this picture in many books and websites and just had to model it. A careful pour of Envirotex allows for tracks that conduct electricity for the models to move on through the creek.
    The portly fisherman has just hooked a mountain trout and wishes the train would get out of there and quit scaring the fish.
    Doc Tom:cry:

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    I dont think i've ever seen anyone do that sort of water fording thing before, wow. :thumb:
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    What keeps your roadbed from eroding or washing out?
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    The Envirotex, of course.....:roll1: !!!