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Logging - 1952
These are pictures of spar-tree logging on Quadra Island. This was my old friend, Russ Neil's, first job Finishing the load.
This is an EQ Mack Coal Creek Logging Co. LJ Mack Ready to load.
Under the heel boom. These rigs all had water-cooled brakes The platform he's standing on is a real Headache Rack, not the vertical portion, which is called a Bull Board. When cab protection for flatbeds came into being, highway drivers started called bullboards headache racks and it stuck.
This is a Diamond-T, (not an International) under the heel-boom. A real skookum rig. The water supply is in an integral tank at the base of the Bull-board. Small lines trickled water on the drums continuously, and you'd best be below 1 mile when it ran out!
Logging the 60's and 70's
This is the brand new P-9 Pacific that I drove for Nick Hoodikoff, who was my neighbor in Keremeos. Nick was a faller, and didn't have a class 1. This is the corner at 3.5 mile on the Sterling Creek logging road. You access this road just off the west side of the bridge that crosses the Similkameen River half way between Keremeos and Princeton on BC #3. On a landing waiting to load
Limbing a load on the Smith Creek road, which ran off the Sterling Creek road around 9 mile. On top of the Cathedral Range.
A couple more pics from the 201.
On Northwood's 225 road above Okanagan Falls, BC. Temperature is -37 F 225 was a feeder road which ran off the 201, the main haul road. On the 201.
Shiny Iron! Still lower on the 201. At the bottom, just out of Northwood's millyard.
These pics are from years later. At the Smith Creek-Sterling Creek corner. Unloading in Northwood's yard, Okanagan Falls, BC.
At the loading rack, ready to go for another one. Making a meet.
These pics are also much later- Loading rails off the Great Northern Railway's Merritt Sub-division. The GN almost beat the CPR to the best southern route into Vancouver at the time. This rig is salvaging the ties.
By that time, James Jerome Hill, the founder of GN, was in his seventies, and not as quick as he used to be. If the GN had been successful, BC would be a much different place today. Unloading in Oroville, Wash.
We had to go to Grande Prairie, Alta. to find work in the winter of 73-74. We were cross-shifting 24/7 hauling from south of Alta#49 west Baytree, on the BC line into the new P&G mill 9 miles south of Grande Prairie. My partner had a little nap and this is what happened (You snooze, You Lose!) Shortly after, we took a week-end off and went to Edmonton. This happened with a spare driver at the wheel while we were gone. Quite the mess!
The driver was OK, but the load did a pretty fair job on the nose of this old GP9. But the P-9 got the worst of it.
The loco looks a little bent out of shape. So does the power pole. Scratch one fine P-9!
I bought this Western Star to finish the season. This empty on the landing south of Baytree, waiting for the loader to pick my trailer off. Note the tree-length reach. Alberta allowed 100,000 gross and extra length on their highways during winter for loggers. Building a load
A highway load ready to roll. This old girl was run into the camp by wolves. Forestry gave her some injections, but they had to put her down.
I got a hell of a deal on this KW LW924 for the summer haul south of Grande Prairie on their all-weather road.

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