The West Side Lumber Company had a considerable 3’ gauge railroad extending from their mill at Tuolumne, on the Sierra Railroad, way up into inaccessible tracts of timber in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The length totalled 70 miles, of which more than 50 miles was the ‘mainline’ over which Shay’s, plus a limited number of Heislers, pulled their trains over terrifyingly high trestles and through spectacular scenery.
The line operated until 1962, and is arguably the best known of al American logging railroads; it was certainly quite an operation, and this lovely collection of well-shot archive film does it full justice.
Produced by - Camden Miniature Steam
Running time - 70 Minutes
Colour and B&W