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ForestRails is a story of logging and short line railroads and the role they played in the growth and success of the diverse operations of Georgia-Pacific, a major Fortune 500 Company, also known as the “Growth Company.” Once lumbermen realized the benefits of a steel wheel on a steel rail, they embraced the technology and railroads became essential in hauling trees from the forests for sawing into lumber and later in the manufacture of paper, plywood and other forest products. The author describes herein the diverse operations of the Georgia-Pacific railroads from the perspective of having been president of ten of the 16 short line railroads described herein. The forest products industry has also long relied on the rails for delivery of its output to customers. From chattering steam locomotives to growling diesels, from railroad logging to truck and tractor logging, and from logging tram roads to modern short line common carrier railroads, nearly every facet of logging and short line railroad operations in the United States is described somewhere in this history. Railroads owned by G-P include (1) Feather River, (2) Oregon, Pacific & Eastern, (3) Fordyce & Princeton, (4) Ashley, Drew & Northern; (5) Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi; (6) Brimstone; (7) Carolina Western; (8) California Western; (9) Amador Central; (10) Gloster Southern; (11) Valdosta Southern; (12) Marinette, Tomahawk & Western; (13) Chattahoochee Industrial; (14) Old Augusta; (15) Blue Rapids; (16) Moscow, Camden & San Augustine. Lumber and Logging railroads include: (1) C. D. Johnson, Toledo, OR; (2) Coos Bay, Coos ‘Bay, OR; (3) Hammond, Samoa, CA; (4) Meadow River, Rainelle, WVA; (5) W. M. Ritter, Swandale, WVA. ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED. NO CHARGE FOR AUTOGRAPHS.
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