Sawmill Module Photo Gallery

Above: A set of log trains work up and down the grade on the Sawmill module. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Above: s Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Below: s Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Sawmill Module

Inspired by a trip to the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia, members of the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad club built a HO scale module featuring the logging and sawmill operations that were found there at the turn of the century.  The module set has two main focal points, the sawmill operations and the logging camp.

The logging camp is located on a corner module.  The tracks here for the logging road are elevated on a mountain that features two switch backs which carry the railroad 14 inches above the mainline tracks which disappear into a tunnel under the mountain.  These tracks wind through steep rock cuts and even through a tunnel on its way up the mountain.  The second switchback features a towering timber trestle which was scratchbuilt by club member Bob Applegate.  The grades are fairly steep at over 4% and the minimum curve radius is 14.5".  At the top of the mountain, the logging camp features workers gathering timber and prepping it for its haul down to the sawmill.

At the base of the mountain, located on a 2.5'x4' and a 2.5'x8' module set, the module features a full scale sawmill operation.  The sawmill was made using the sawmill kits from BTS and assembled by Dan DeLany.  Logging trains carry logs to the sawmill pond were they are dumped.  From here, the logs are sent into the sawmill to be finished into lumber products and sent out in box cars and flat cars on the mainline.

In addition to the sawmill, the operations for the railroad are located between the sawmill and the logging mountain.  The operations feature a coaling tower, water tank, sand pit, and an engine house.

Shays and Heislers carry skeleton cars between these two locations due to the steep grades.  Motive power and rolling stock are all provided by the club membership.  Operations are handled from a small control panel on a lift out section on the 2.5'x8' module next to the corner module.  This location provides optimal access for the operator to run trains between the sawmill and the logging operations.

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Module at a Glance

Scale: HO Scale
Size: 2.5'x12'+Corner
Number of Sections: 4
Builder: Club
Type: Straight
Mainline Tracks: 3
Years Constructed: 2004-2006
Era: 1920s
Features: Sawmill, Enginehouse, Water Tower, Log Pond, Mountain
Status: Retired