Narration and Selected Stills from the Video
Logging by Rail in Algonquin Park
||The loads were brought down, one at a time, to the lake
where they were joined together for the long haul across the lake to the
A sprinkler tank was filled with water to be spread on the hauling roads
to increase thickness and allow for a smoother run.
||Horses were used to help start the loads which were pulled
by a trucks and tractors. The Fassett Lumber corporation was progressive
in their use of mechanization such as trucks and tractors. The company
owned four Cletrac tractors which could haul significantly larger loads
than teams of horses or trucks.
||When the logs arrived steam log loaders added them to the
thousands of logs already piled along the railway, awaiting the locomotive.
Softwood and hardwood were placed in separate piles, sometimes extending
two miles along the railway. The Barnhart log loaders, had twenty
five foot booms and could swing a full 360 degrees. These logs remained
here until they where needed by the mill.
||The 75 ton, coal fired, Shay logging locomotive, number
54, one of two company locomotives, made daily trips throughout the year
to supply the mill.