I’m reminded by Ron Findley that I’ll have to model a custom pulpwood truck for Marcel himself. It will need the cab roof removed, effectively creating a pulpwood truck convertible. It also should have twin holsters, one hanging on either side of the cab, to carry Marcel’s McCulloch chain saws. He failed to mention the color of the cab though….more research will be required.
Also, an update for the pulpwood logs themselves: further reading and “measuring” indicates that logs (in my era) were typically 3″ up to 18″ in diameter, though could be significantly larger than that if the yard had mechanized loading of the cars (a crane or one of the new front end style loaders with a grapple). Of course, since Marcel’s yard will be supplied by many independent truckers, the size of the logs they deliver will depend on their own ability to load their truck. I’ve seen a few photos that suggest logs up to maybe 18″ diameter can be loaded if the truck has a simple crane on it to lift the logs.
This is good news, as I have quickly found that I will be chopping pulpwood logs for a looooong time if I limit the size to 12″ diameter as I initially thought I would. However, many smaller logs are still needed as I’ve noticed in the photos that small diameter logs are generally used to “fill in the gaps” around the larger logs when loading the cars. A recent chopping session (while watching a movie) only produced about an eighth of a car load….sigh!
I had originally estimated the height of the logs loaded on the woodrack car to be 8 feet. This was based on the above photo (and a few other similar ones). The Atlas car is a model of an older woodrack. Upon measuring the bulkheads, I’ve found that the actual height of the loads will only be 6-1/2 to 7 feet….good news for the cutting crew!