The Tarheel Press
If Rails Could Talk- Volume II
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- Protected Spiral-bound Cover
- Landscape orientation for superb photo
- Nearly 75 B/W, color photos & maps
- 161 pp printed on 100-lb glossy stock
- Detailed rosters of all presented
- The culmination of decades of research
by Ron Sullivan, assisted by logging
railroad historian Gerald
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Volume 2 of “If Rails Could Talk…” is the second of an planned eight volume series about the railroad logging along the Blue Ridge and adjoining Smoky Mountains. In volume 2, there are the stories of logging the west fork of the Pigeon River by rail. Located near present day Lake Logan, the logging town of Sunburst North Carolina is the center of the story that spans the years from 1906 through 1926. The Sunburst mill was the largest double band sawmill in western North Carolina.
The book covers the logging railroads built by Champion Lumber and Suncrest Lumber into present day Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness Areas. It also contains the story of the beginnings of the Champion Fibre Company. The book contains over 75 photographs, many published for the first time. It also contains track maps of all of the railroad grades and logging camps. Author Ron Sullivan, his wife Marilyn, and hiking partner Jerry Ledford spent many days hiking the old grades, most of them off of established trails and roads. They carefully used a GPS to trace the rail grades and transfer them to USGS topo maps.
Also featured is the story of the building of the Pigeon River Railway, leased by the T&NC, from west Canton, NC to the logging towns of Sunburst and Spruce.
This book contains locomotive roster information for all of the companies. These rosters were carefully researched and prepared by Thomas Lawson, one of the most knowledgeable persons in the field. Also included is a glossary of logging and railroad terms.
Students and fans of early day railroad logging in western North Carolina and the Great Smokies will want to add this volume to their libraries.