Lou Ullian's O-scale Model Railroad. He worked for years as NASA's Range Safety Officer, and he had a wall covered in photos of all the rockets that he had blown up. He was also well known as a an accomplished diver and marine explorer. For model railroaders, he's remembered for the Coon Creek Lumber Company!
I've been notified by Model Railroad Craftsman magazine, that an article based on these photos will appear in the November 2013 issue!
Louis Ullian's logging empire: the On3 Coon Creek Lumber Co.
Article from: Model Railroader | March 1, 2003
The year is 1925 and you're driving down a corduroy road on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. As you drive your Model T Ford around a bend, you find yourself crossing a railroad. The "thump, thump" sound as you drive across the rails seems a bit too quick and, indeed, you notice that the rails are closer together than normal.
About that time you hear a whistle in the distance, so you decide to wait for the oncoming train. After a few minutes, you begin to hear the loud roar from the locomotive coming through the woods. You are surprised when a diminutive, lopsided locomotive appears, travelling about 5 mph, gears thrashing, and smoke billowing above its small boiler--it's a narrow gauge Shay!
The Coon Creek Lumber Co. is a typical narrow gauge logging railroad in On3. While the railroad is set in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, it isn't based on one specific prototype. Instead, it incorporates scenic elements from a number of different prototypes.
The railroad's base is at Stillwater, a small town with only a few businesses to support the railroad and sawmill workers who live there. A branch of the Southern Pacific RR serves the sawmill.
A single narrow gauge track snakes its way out of Stillwater and up the challenging 6 to 8 percent grade into the heavily forested, mountainous region where the logging is done. Halfway up the mountain is a yard where the Coon Creek Lumber Co.'s roster of Shays and Climaxes set out loaded log cars to be taken to the mill, and pick up empties to bring back …