Last Update:  November 21, 2006
This is Part 2 of a three part article
This part contains photos of the Carlton & Coast - Flora Logging Co. spurs and camps
and remains that exist today.

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Part one contains a historical summary of the line, maps of the entire operation, plus photos of the Carlton & Coast
mainline from Carlton to Tillamook Gate.

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Part three contains historical photos, locomotive and equipment roster and information
about the last surviving Carlton & Coast locomotive.
Fairchild Creek Logging spur
This photo clearly shows the Fairchild Creek spur (right) as it leave the Carlton & Coast mainline (left).   This spur was first built off of the mainline in 1929.
By the early 1930s, Flora decided he would run an entirely new logging line up this spur into the woods and make this the new mainline to the woods.
In 1932, he obtained funding from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to build several huge trestles that would allow him to build a mainline with 3 percent or
less grade to reach the new main logging camp at Neverstill.  By 1935, the old mainline was abandoned just west of where this photo was taken and the Fairchild
creek spur became a common carrier route for the Carlton & Coast, extending it's total common carrier mileage from 14 to about 20.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Fairchild Creek grade.   When the logging spur was first constructed in 1929, it only went several miles.  But by 1932, it would become the new mainline.   The
grade was eventually built to common carrier standards and included 3% or less grade.  There were a number of cuts required.  Today, the grade is a lightly used
logging road and is accessible by vehicle certain times of the year and when local logging is not in progress.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Less then 2 miles up the Fairchild grade, the grade made a wide bend to bypass a short shallow canyon.    While driving the old railroad grade, the freshly logged
out area gives us a chance to look back on the old grade from the other side of the bend.  Note the one of many cuts that were employed in the railroad
construction.   
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
A little more than 3 miles up the grade, a trestle was constructed to get over a tributary of Fairchild Creek.    Today there is little hint
of the original trestle.   When the logging truck road was built over the grade, it bypassed the trestle.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Unfortunately, about a mile past the trestle site, a wash out prevented us from exploring up this grade any further.   Another 2 miles beyond this point is the base of
the 16% incline grade that was built in 1942 to get the Flora logging equipment out.   That incline is now a steep logging road that can be driving on today.
Near the base of the grade is the remains of the 1.5 mile loop over at the head of Fairchild creek that burned out, cutting off the Flora logging grades from
the Carlton & Coast mainline.  
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
This is a picture of the before mentioned 1.5 mile loop over the head waters of Fairchild Creek.  The loop was constructed in 1932 using loaned funds from the
Reconstruction Finance Corporation.   This allowed Flora to build the three trestles you see here, which kept the grade in this area a reasonable 3% or less as the
railroad climbed to the new Neverstill Camp.   The bridge on the lower left was actually a S curve and was one of the highest in the Flora operation.   A water
tower, the remains of which still exist today, is located in this area.   All three trestles burned during the 1939 fire.  Being too expensive to rebuild and with many of
the spur trestles above here burned along with thousands of acres of trees, Flora had no choice but to declare bankruptcy and abandoned his entire operation,
along with hundreds of pieces of equipment and locomotives in the woods.
Yamhill Co. Historical Society
An Abandoned Spur, Donkey Sleds and Spark Arrestors
Just north of a logging road called Hiesler Bypass (apparently not related to the locomotive, but rather the last name of a modern day logging family) is a little
known abandoned logging spur that, at least in part, has escaped the ravages of modern logging.   This spur originated from near Camp one, rounding a short hill
for about 2 miles.  Part of this  spur is now a logging road.   But after more than a mile, the spur cuts back north, spiraling around the hill to almost make a
complete loop.   The last mile or so of this spur was never converted into a logging road, instead it exists largely as it did when it was abandoned some 70 or more
years ago.    With logging partly destroying about 1/4 mile of the abandoned spur, making it nearly impossible to cross, we were able to access it via a short foot
trail that might have first been built by loggers to access a nearby camp.  In the above photos, old abandoned cable is all about.  
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
This area was first explored by Matt Wolford and then later by Tim Williams, who showed us the remains that still existed.  At a location where the grade split off
into two directions, one being very short, the other being about another 1/4 mile, we found the final resting spot of a what appeared to be a decent sized donkey
sled.    The mechanical remains salvaged many years ago.   A few metal U-bolts and bits and pieces area all that's left of the original contraption.  However, two
things do seem to tell a story.  First, cable that is far larger than a inch thick is strewn about the area.  Second, the donkey sled is positioned at an angle at the top
of a hill, perpendicular  to the old RR grade.  It appears to have worked a low area and then dragged itself up to it's final resting spot next the tracks where it was
dismantled and the sleds and cable left behind.   
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
One of several railroad spikes found without really looking hard.  No doubt, more time and a metal detector would reveal a few more.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Not too far up the next spur we noticed this cut.    Not far beyond was another donkey sled.  This one in far worse shape, but with more metal.   One log almost
completely rotted away, while another gives away the secrets of it's formerly internal metal bracing.   The donkey was located parallel to the grade.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Looking down the hill from the grade we could see one of several stumps, dating to the Flora days that was at least as tall a man.   Even 70 years after it was
abandoned the grade is still clearly visible.  Over the years, this was probably traveled by an occasional hiker, hunter and dirt bike rider, but has seen little if any
other use and is largely as it was when abandoned.   
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
One of the most interesting finds of the day, was this abandoned spark arrestor, one of two left behind in the area.  Spark arrestors were often left behind when they
got damaged as they had little scrap value.   What this arrestor was actually used for, steam donkey or locomtive, is a mystery.   I suspect that it may have belonged
to the steam donkey shown above, as it was located just down the grade from it.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Another similiear type of spark arrestor was also found, this one is in far worse shape.  Perhaps belonging to another steam donkey we missed.  However in the photo
on the far right, taken of Flora's No. 4 Shay in about 1942, it's clear that this very same type of arrestor was also used on some of Flora's steam locomotives.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006 - b/w photo courtesy of Marc Reusser's Steam in the Woods.
Nearby, a piece of rail peaks out of the ground.   Lying perpendicular to the railroad grade, the rail and a mound of dirt that it lies in, hints that it may be one of
several piled up here about 70 years ago.   The most interesting part, however, is that this particular piece is clearly broken.   If only it could talk.  What happened?  
Did the broken rail cause a derailment?   Being unusable and the scrap value minimal when it was likely tossed aside in the 1930s, it has been here ever since.  
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
In our brief exploration of this abandoned spur, we found a few more artifacts.   A can with a nearly rusted away spout, that is marked "2 gallons" and another
railroad spike.  
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
Camp One
Camp One is one of the more interesting sites of the old Flora operation, although unfortunately, recently logging has devastated at least half of the camp
and destroyed some of the historical remains.   In the photos on the left, the road is called Flora Mainline Road.  A logging road built on top of the Flora Railroad
grade that ran right through the Camp.   In the two left photos, just to the left was a small railroad yard.    In the right photo, looking the opposite direction, from the
recently logged off area, the camp was located in this area on the right side of the road.  The wooded area, not yet logged, up ahead, is where the railroad yard
was located. (see more pictures below)   
Brian McCamish Photos: (right) Feb, 2005 (left) Jan, 2006
In the wooded area, the area is better preserved, although not much remains.  The grades of the yard is barely discernible.   It appears that multiple track was laid
down there.  Whether buildings existed between the track or whether it was a storage area for cars, is still a mystery.   Matt Wolford says that the Camp burned in the
1933 Tillamook fire and was not rebuilt.  By 1933, Flora had construction Neverstill Camp (sometimes called Camp 2) and that's likely where the base of operations
shifted too.   
Brian McCamish Photos: February, 2005
More photos of the yard area.  In the 2nd to last photo on the right, a stack of cut short logs appears to be rotting away.  Their original purpose not known.
In the furthest right photo, we can see the grade split.   The grade to the left headed back to the Flora Mainline a hundred or so feet away.  The grade heading
straight would end just beyond the trees.  
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan, 2006
This artifact has baffled me.   It was sitting along side the road, and appears to be one or more logs in a pile with a number bolts sticking up through the log, about
1 foot apart.  The rail, which was obviously part of a larger piece that was later torched off, seems to indicate that the bolts were used to hold railroad track down a
most unsual manner.  Instead of spikes, holes were torched through the base of the rail to bolt it to the log.  I also noticed that the log still showed signs of being
burnt.  One theory is that this may have been part of one of the temporary crib bridges or crude culvert trestles built in 1942 to get the equipment out, and was then
torn down and tossed aside here when the truck road was built over the grade.   A fire in about 1951 did sweep part of this area and the burn marks could be from
that fire.
Brian McCamish Photos: (upper row)  Jan 2006 (lower row) Feb  2005
The three left photos show the remains of a brake shoe found near Camp One.  This brake is much larger than others I've found elsehwere, making me suspect it's
actually off of a locomotive, while others are off of cars.    The two right photos show a rail plate, and two smaller brake shoes also found in the area.
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan 2006
These remains found along side the road near camp one include several pieces of rail, some brick, pipe and mysterious round piece of metal stamped with the
number 01.    
Brian McCamish Photos: February, 2005
These photos were taken of several remains found at Camp One by Matt Wolford in 2000.   Left photo are railroad car parts, including a wheel that is typically
found on speeders or trailers.    At the right is the remains of a trestle bent.  Note how it appears to be charred from either the 1939 fire or the 1951 fire that swept
through the area.  
Matt Wolford Photos: March, 2000
Matt also found this locomotive headlight near Camp One.   Being slightly distorted, it's shape is difficult to discern, but it most closely matches the headlight style
with side number plates found on Shay Locomotives.  After going over the roster and photos  I suspect this may possibly belong to Flora's Shay # 6 (the second one)
s/n 2745.  That Shay was
later converted over to a more modern style light by the time it was sold in 1942, making this light possibly it's original.  And quite possibly
the only surviving part of that Shay, since it was scrapped sometime after 1943.   One possibly theory is that the Shay was located in Camp One during the
Tillamook fire of 1933 and while much of the Shay survived, the headlight was damaged was discarded right here on site.  The new headlight was probably then
installed.  Being of no scrap value it was left behind when everything else in the camp was salvaged.

Unfortunately, this headlight and the above remains were located in the area of the camp that was logged sometime after 2000 and we've not been able to
relocate these items.  
Matt Wolford Photos: March, 2000
Remains near Camp Murphy
This appears to be a spark arrester first discovered by Tim Williams near Camp Murphy.   Camp Murphy is actually located on the western fringe of the Flora
operation and we discovered this while 4 wheeling in the area.   At first we thought it might belong to a locomotive, but it's rather small compared to a typical
locomotive spark arrester.  It could have been used on a steam donkey.  The welds also date it to later years and it appears to be homemade.  We plan to explore
this area in more detail in the future.
Brian McCamish Photos: February, 2005  Drawing at right was done by Tim Williams and shows the measurements of the artifact.
There is still much to explore and we plan to return to the area a few more times over the course of this year.  
Whatever we find of significance will be recorded here at that time.
If you can shed any light on any of the above found artifacts, please
email me.

Don't forget, there's more...check out Part 3
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Part 3 contains historical photos, locomotive and equipment roster and information on the  
last surviving Carlton & Coast locomotive.

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Part one contains a historical summary of the line, maps of the entire operation, plus photos of the Carlton & Coast mainline from
Carlton to Tillamook Gate.
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Continuing up Fairchild grade.    Logging still occurs on these lands on occasion and we ran into some equipment that was left behind.  
Brian McCamish Photos: Jan,  2006
These photos showcase an interesting and rare find south of Camp Murphy.   A small railroad camp, which was probably nothing more than a siding with a few
camp cars.  The side is just barely visible through the brush.  The logging road that my truck is parked on was the main railroad spur and the cut was originally built
for the railroad.  The interesting find was this nicely preserved switch rail.   That and some piping was the only evidence of the camp that we could find in our short
visit.  Switch rail is extremely rare and it's strange that it was left behind since it didn't appear damaged.  It was likely part of the switch that connected the main
spur to the camp car siding.
Brian McCamish Photos: July, 2006
Be sure to check out our railroad hunting partner, Matt Wolford's website, trestlewalker, which features additional
Carlton & Coast - Flora Logging abandoned RR and artifact photos.  
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