Real Steam Donkey in action

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Sawdust, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Sawdust

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  2. Bill Nelson

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    Thanks for posting that. It's cool to se that old willamett run!

    Bill Nelson
  3. Mountain Man

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  5. Bill Nelson

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    Case trctor on an incline!

    I have a model very similar to the case tractor on the incline. When I was about four or five my dad got me several matchbox models of yesteryear steam tractors. He gave me the one that looked like the case first, to see if I could take care of it.


    I promptly lost it in my sand pile. years later it resurfaced, and he gave me the other two, and now all of them reside on my RR. I have been wanting to build a small sawmill to run off a belt off one of them. I have been gathering pieces, and trying to figure out where I could shoehorn a third sawmill into the DG CC & W RR.


    Bill Nelson
  6. Sawdust

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    Hey Mountain Man glad you posted them, I seen some of them last night but got to sleepy to post. I was on the edge of my seat trying to help that Frick up the hill.
    Great idea Bill on the tractor take off for the mill.
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    I think this thread is now about steam tractors :confused: :thumb:

    I wish there were more donkeys in operation.

    Speaking of steam-powered (or just tractor powered) sawmills, there's one near me here in Montana.

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    There's some equipment for a donkey (the cylinders, spools, etc) in this same place.

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  8. Sawdust

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    Thanks Ytter-man for the pics I guess we just got carried away with steam. Glad you got us back on the track. (little joke there with the word track in case somebody missed it) Good close up shots for us scratchbuilders on them donkey parts.
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    Nothing wrong with getting carried away with steam! :mrgreen::mrgreen:

    Thanks!
  10. Sirfoldalot

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    Ytter man --- Really nice photos. Thanks:thumb:

  11. Bill Nelson

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    Thanks!!

    Thanks for the sawmill picks, that is kind of what I had in mind. I started off thinking I'd use the Woodlands scenics rural saw mill, but once I had the pieces in my hand, the saw was smaller than I need. I used one of those to do the interior of the Strong and Perry Sawmill in Perry's Gizzard on the DG CC & W. It is smack dab in the middle of the center peninsula of my RR, and surrounded with mountainous terrain, and it's machinery very seldom gets a good look.

    The woodlan's scenics rural sawmill is so small its maximum log might be just big enough for four crossties. I looked at the little circular saws for a dremil rotory tool, ( like you would use to remove all of your fingers (looking at these things, I can't imagine any other result, no matter what the intention)- But they are largish- I almost got one for O scale, but I had a very rare attack of sense, and decided it wouldn't be smart for me to start an O scale sawmill of any size.

    I think I'm going to get an Echo Mountain etched saw blade set. They used to make them out of brass, but now I think they are making them out of stainless. I'm thinking if I get the saw blades I can probably scratch the rest. My biggest concern is where I could put the durn thing! I only have two sidings that might have room, One is in Crooked creek, which allready has 19 delivery locations, and doesn't need any more operational complexity, and the other is in Montgomery Furnace, off of a switch that has been rebuilt twice, and almost nothing will go through the diverging route. It is possible I could put ir in Gegoukayoosa, which isn't built yet, but that shelf is so high, hanging off of the ceiling. that it would be difficult to see. I may just build it off line, and logs just dumped off the side of the main, and lumber loaded at a team track. (except through ignorance and space concerns, I didn't include enough team tracks.


    The Black tractor is the one I'll use for the sawmill. the other two have their original Matchbox paint, which I have hesitated to alter, as it would probably give a collector somewhere fits. the Black one was red and white, with a scheme that might have been appropriate for a circus, and that had to go!

    Bill Nelson

    Somebody produces the old On-Track steam traction engine kit, which is pricey, but has detail out the wazoo, and would be a stunning foreground powerplant for a small, semi portable mill.

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  12. Mountain Man

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    Oh, come on, Bill - you're not going to make us believe you have no plans to completely rebuild and super-detail those steam tractors, now are you? :mrgreen:

    BTW - let me know if you ever find any in N-scale. I working out how to build one, at the moment, but it obviously will not be a working model, just static goodies.
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    Steam Traction

    Here is how i spend a few days every year. In this instance I was helping to I operate a 25-75 double Gaar Scott on a small sawmill. I can tell you that it is hard work but it sure is fun. I enjoy going back 100 years to the days when my family would harvest fields, build roads, and cut lumber using the magnificent power of steam.

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    For more pics of the event check out the album here:
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    another show i am a part of:
    http://picasaweb.google.ca/mbeamish/Austin2008?feat=directlink
  14. Sawdust

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    Hey Beamish thanks for those pics. I definitely put those in my logging folder. I could almost smell the sawdust from that mill. Gosh I always felt I was borned to late & pics like this makes me want to go back in time. Thanks again.