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    Iím constructing a logging camp and would like to include a steam donkey to power an A frame log hoist. I can find two options, but neither seems the right size. I know that these must have been built in varying sizes based on use, but looking at old photos, most seem about 2-3x a manís height, or about 11-18 feet.

    I bought one from Model Tech Studios (painted cast metal) but it measures only 1/2Ē or about 6 feet and looks way too small, more like Z scale.

    There is a craftsman kit from KMP models that looks perfect, but that one measures 2Ē tall, or about 26 feet and would dwarf the buildings around it.

    Does anyone with an historical knowledge of Pacific Northwest logging operations (or any other for that matter) know how big these usually were - especially those that drove an A frame log lift? I think I could kitbash the KMP kit down a bit, but probably not more than 1 1/2ď or about 20 feet. Or, order the HO scale version of the Model Tech Studious which is about 12 feet tall.

    Or perhaps I should look for a steam moose instead?

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    Actually, the KMP kit looks great and is proportionally correct, not at all out of line with the many old photos of steam donkeys I have perused over the years. It does represent a larger Willamette donkey.

    For comparison, check out this photo: http://www.yelmhistoryproject.com/wp...05/donkey1.jpg

    The height of the KMP boiler could be lowered by taking some material off the bottom and perhaps reducing the length of the stack. You'd have to plan out where you attach the details.

    There is also one offered on Shapeways by Walt's Trainz & Things. And Detail Associates made one in N scale as well. Check eBay.

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    They're about 31 - 63 inches tall. See link.
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    They're about 31 - 63 inches tall. See link.
    This is not the place to be showing pictures of the relatives, Moosey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    This is not the place to be showing pictures of the relatives, Moosey!
    Distant relatives, Paul, distant...
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    Can a moose be hooked up to an A frame log hoist and be willing to endlessly pull logs up and down all day? I assume that’s why they call them steam donkeys rather than steam mooses.

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    NtheBasement, that’s a great resource. Thanks.

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    You bet. Historic photo sites like that give you a good idea of how things worked, but watch out; I lost a day once getting immersed on a similar Appalachian coal site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    I lost a day once getting immersed on a similar Appalachian coal site
    Not as if I've never done that myself. ...

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    Isn't a Moose just a smart donkey?
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    @Mobile One

    Oh! You did NOT just say ... Are ya really asking for a moose stampede? Huh? Are ya?!
    :MooseAngry:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Huh? Are ya?!
    Tee hee. Well, maybe.
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