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Dag Bonnedal

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Event of the year: 3ft logging, Sweden
« on: October 27, 2020, 06:23:40 PM »
This year it is 50 years since one of the longer private narrow gauge railroads in Sweden closed. The Dala Ockelbo Norrsundet Järnväg was a 50 miles, 3 ft railroad (actually 35") built to carry timber from the vast forests in central Sweden to the coast. Public carrier with steam until around 1960, then timber only and dieselized. But the company kept two of their magnificent Mallets as spares. Closed 1970 and an already existing, homeless preservation society was allowed to take over the main station with roundhouse and workshops in Jädraås together with 4 miles of the line. Definitely EBT vibes over the place.

To commemorate the 50 years since the last logging train and to compensate for low income this summer the preserved railway did as some of their neighbouring forest owners. They cut some timber on their own property and gathered all the flat cars they have, 22 of them. Loaded a 250 ton train and coupled one of the Mallets in front. Just one run to the main station in Jädraås, no photo reruns.

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10158302814376144&set=a.10151587726151144
http://www.jtj.org/timmertag-pa-jtj.html
https://youtu.be/ND2lMVycozU
https://youtu.be/burdq7LXou4
https://www.facebook.com/JadraasTallasJvg/videos/3525065310885069

Those fine Mallets are the biggest narrow gauge locos in Sweden (competing are truly magnificent 2-6-2 Henschel built express locos, one preserved).
And the two DONJ Mallets are half of the preserved ones in Sweden, we got the other two.
Its sister is under heavy overhaul:
http://www.jtj.org/projekt-8-an.html



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Re: Event of the year: 3ft logging, Sweden
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 06:38:12 PM »
Thanks for posting this, Dag. What a great day it must have been!

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Re: Event of the year: 3ft logging, Sweden
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 09:01:34 PM »
Imagine how much lumber they would have if they still had 50 miles of ROW to still harvest?
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Re: Event of the year: 3ft logging, Sweden
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 10:50:31 PM »
The EBT of Sweden! Great videos. Real Trains doing Real Work.

That whistle darn near woke my kids though...