Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ

Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ

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Pine Across the Mountain California’s McCloud River Railroad Robert Hanft w/DJ
 
Pine Across the Mountain..Californias McCloud River Railroad
By Robert M Hanft
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket (small tear / price sticker remains near upper corner
224 pages
Copyright 1971  Third printing 1976
OWNERS LABEL on first page (see photo)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword  7
Chapter 1- Pioneers Before The Railroad  11
Chapter 2 - Steel Across The Mountain  19
Chapter 3 - Rails Into The Wilderness  27
Chapter 4 - Locomotives Move The Forest  83
Chapter 5 - Rolling Stock 125
Chapter 6 - Passenger Service 135
Chapter 7 - Snow  157
Chapter 8 - McCloud Potpourri  173
Chapter 9 - What The Future May Hold 205
Appendix 219
Index     223
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
The volcanic upheaval that created California's Mt. Shasta, helped to establish one of the richest forests of the West, sweeping in a deep crescent for some 80 miles southeast of the mountain. Tall sugar pine and ponderosa shared sunlight, soil and water with cedar and fir. Here the McCloud River Railroad was built to transport the resources of the region.
The story of the McCloud River Railroad is to a great extent the history of the lumbering industry in Siskiyou County. When the road was started in 1897, it was merely another logging railroad. In those days the mill was located at Upton in the shadow of Mt. Shasta. As logging operations moved into big timber, lumberjacks found themselves on the eastside of Mt. Shasta, and the mill was re-located at McCloud.
The humming saws of the McCloud River Lumber Co. mill were hungry for logs, digesting them as fast as locomotives could shift from woods to millpond, then haul millions of board feet of finished lumber over the hill to the Southern Pacific at Sisson (now Mount Shasta City) . Rails rapidly extended east into the wilderness; wherever the timber stood, the woods echoed to the sound of steam locomotives. Described is the McCloud River Lumber Co., the logging operation, the logging camps, the mills, and the company town of McCloud (last company town in the West).
Pine Across the Mountain tells a complete story. In pictures and text it tells of the locomotives - a roster of engines including 2-8-2's, Prairies, Moguls, a couple of Shays, a unique 0-6-6-0 double-ender, and the modern day diesels. Included is the rolling stock, the daily passenger trains, the special trains, and bus service. Features are the problem of snow removal, the connection to the east with the Great Northern and the Western Pacific, the construction of the new line to Burney in 1955, and eventual sale of operations to U.S. Plywood-Champion Papers Inc. The writer relates many personal experiences and happenings along the line for over a half century of operation.
Today, lumber remains the lifeblood of the McCloud River Railroad. The railroad is no rolling museum, but a high-class operation, modern in physical plant, equipment, and management. The last chapter presents the railroad's fortunate position and a look at its future.
Robert M. Hanft is one of a very few people who qualify in the study of transportation both as an academician and as a railroad hobbyist. His credentials in each category are impressive.
He is a professor of transportation at Chico State College and has held an executive position in the College administration during the past two years as well. The McCloud River Railroad is located in the geographical service area of the institution and accordingly was a logical candidate for study and research by Dr. Hanft. His interest in the company actually extends to a much earlier period than his relatively recent academic career, as evidenced by reproduction in this volume of a number of his own photographs dating from the steam locomotive era.
Photography has, indeed, been a hobby with Hanft since high school days and he holds one of the most diverse collections extant of motive power photographs from North American railroads. His interest in steam locomotives as fine machines led him to observe and photograph them on the lines of literally hundreds of different companies. Observation of the physical characteristics and problems readily apparent on the properties he inspected, particularly in the case of railroads obviously losing the struggle for survival, coupled with a keen and probing curiosity, eventually resulted in his becoming a transportation economist.
For Robert M. Hanft, historical research, photography, books and railroading belong together.
WITH MORE THAN 295 ILLUSTRATIONS
Maps-Profile-Timetables-Documentary-Reproductions-Rosters of Motive Power

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