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Museum Discussion / A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: December 20, 2018, 06:33:48 PM »
I was not sure where to post this but I thought you folks might be interested in a project we are working on
at the Maine Forest & Logging Museum and in particularly how we have involved a group of High School students.

For sometime we have wanted to build a set of Lombard patent logging sleds
to haul with the steam and gasoline Lombards at winter events. The dream
is to eventually gather the equipment and volunteers needed to host a living history
event focused on a 1920's Maine logging operation. Complete with horses, choppers
Lombards etc. Events such as these you folks do so very well!

Back a number of years ago the Breton family donated a set of Lombard sled irons. These
are heavy duty sleds designed specifically for use with 10 ton gasoline powered Lombard log haulers
or heavy tractors. The set we have are a 1926 design. Each sled or "Bob" weighs approx. 720 lbs. Two "Bob's"
hooked together with reach poles make-up a complete two-sled rig weighing close to 1,800 lbs.
and measuring approx. 40 feet long depending upon how far apart the sleds are set.

The record for hauling the most tonnage using sleds of this design was set in 1935 when a Lombard
tractor on a Great Northern operation near 5th St. John Pond hauled 22 sleds loaded with 108 cords
of pulpwood weighing 298 tons. The "steering" provided by the crossed reach poles allow each sled to
track precisely behind the proceeding sled. The drawbar, and reach pole fittings all have slotted
holes for the connecting pins so just like a locomotive using slack to start a heavy train so does
a Lombard starting a train of sleds..... anyway... that's some onto the rest of the story.

This fall the "Tuesday Crew" - a group of dedicated volunteers who meet every Tuesday
at the Museum, cut out oak timbers which, along with the pile of rusty iron, was shipped to
the Presque Isle Regional Career & Technical Center. As luck would have it a driver and van from the
school's farm was delivering apples to the retailers in the Bangor area so it was easy to
load up the stuff get it on its way north.

Over the past couple of months the schools Farm Mechanic's and Building Trades Students
have been working to assemble a complete set of sleds for us. Their interest and enthusiasm
has been amazing. These high school students are engaged and are truly taking pride in their work.

Once we are back from Christmas break they will finish up the reach poles and drawbar and the complete
set will be on its way back to the museum. Hopefully..... fingers crossed.... we will have enough
snow to test them out later this winter.

I guess what we came away with from all this is that our CTE trades programs (what use to be Vocational)
are a wonderful resource and fantastic way to involve youth in preservation and developing
hands-on skills and trades. All the CTE centers in Maine have a common live work policy and are always
seeking "real" projects that benefit the students and the community.

Best regards,

Terry Harper

General Discussion / Lombard Log Hauler Boiler Inspection
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:31:25 PM »
Last week at the Maine Forest & Logging museum the Lombard log hauler boiler underwent its
annual inspection. Everything is fine and we are ready for the new season!

Here is a video from last years "Living History Day's" event.

Best regards,


Other Maine Narrow Gauge / S.D. Warren Builders photo & data
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:12:01 AM »
Found this little gem

General Discussion / Seasons Greetings
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:20:21 PM »

General Discussion / Owls Head Transportation Museum Lecture Series
« on: January 04, 2013, 02:07:09 PM »
Hello Folks,
Just wanted to invite you all to the Owls Head Transportation Museum on January 12th for a presentation of “From Nowhere to Nowhere “.
Centered on the history and operation of the Eagle Lake & West Branch Railroad, "From Nowhere to Nowhere” tells the story of the early mechanization
of Maine’s North woods  during the first three decades of the last century – an era when steam and steel replace horse and brute manpower in the remote logging camps of the Allagash -
when Lombards, Locomotives, steam boats and a Tramway ruled the forest.
Drawing on over 30 years research, with numerous, never seen before Images Interwoven with history, personal stories and anecdotes of those who lived,
worked and raised families in this remote region, “From Nowhere to No Where” tells the vivid story of life in Maine’s Allagash Wilderness during the 1900-1933 period
as well as the efforts to document, and preserve this remarkable slice of Maine history.
The presentation begins at 1:00 pm and admission is free.

Hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Terry Harper

General Discussion / Death Valley 2 FT Gauge
« on: December 16, 2012, 06:47:06 PM »
Remains of a 2 foot gauge line in Death valley. Click on the link and scroll down for the photos

General Discussion / Steam Gauge Face
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:07:16 AM »
I needed a couple of photo etched plates for my ex-Lombard engine restoration so I took-up photo etching.

After those and some other plates (motometer face etc.) came out successfully I thought I would try my hand at a steam gauge face so I etched a gauge face for a Lombard Log hauler. Its an exact duplicate of an original a friend made available to me. Like the original it fits an Ashcroft 8-1/2" O.D. Locomotive type gauge body.

Next up is a Portland company Gauge.  ;D I am always looking for interesting subjects. If you have anything of interest let me know.

Best Regards,


General Discussion / A good basis for a 'New' 2 footer?
« on: September 01, 2009, 09:36:04 AM »
Came across this thread on the Railway Preservation News Website. At least the frame etc. might make a interesting start for recreating one of the larger engines. What US based group are they talking about?

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