|A Plywood mill, built
in 1960; it was a massive yellow structure that faced the Big
Y. It stood across Court St. from the Mall.
B Original, main saw building of Owen Oregon Lumber. Note that today when leave Crater Lake Highway and head towards Jacksonville, you cross over the site of this building.
C Mill pond
D The power house. Not shown on this map is the hog fuel building next to it.
E The wye where first the original Pacific & Eastern and later the Medco Railroad connected with Southern Pacific's Siskiyou Line (L).
F Alternately called the Shipping Shed or and Crane Shed.
G A Lumber Shed, though it appears as part of a larger complex of buildings on this map.
H The railroad engine house and shops. It also housed shops for the mill.
I The "White House." Medco's corporate headquarters building.
J The railroad crossing of North Pacific Hwy. After the railroad stopped running, the Medco Haul Road crossed here.
K The log dump where log cars were unloaded into the pond.
L The Southern Pacific Siskiyou Line (now CORP).
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|Jay Mudge built
the first building for Medco, a much shortened version of the Plywood
Division building. It's representative of a triple bow string
truss roof structure typical of mill and other large buildings of the
|Working from pictures, Larry
Tuttle is building the main saw mill building. Included in this
scene is a log ramp out of the mill pond, the power house (gray
structure near the back) and a mock up of the fuel building. The
black cone in the foreground is a mock-up of a wig-wam burner which,
after much deliberation we decided to eliminate -- Oregon sawmills
seldom used burners in the late 80's.
|Since we couldn't find a
prominent chip loading facility from aerial photos, we decided to
locate one next to the wye. Included here are chip loaders for
both rail cars and trucks. In the foreground is the location for
the McAndrews Road overpass -- half of it will be modeled and visitors,
especially shorter ones, can peer under it and look down the
tracks. The last track on the left is the SP Siskiyou Line,
complete with a pair of US&S Style B Semaphores. And
yes, the track connecting the two legs of the wye does curve around the
blades per an actual situation in the Medford Yard.
(That pesky wig wam burner refuses to be eliminated...it just moved closer to the mill.)
|Positioned correctly in
relation to most of the adjacent buildings is the White House, shown
here with a foam board place holder. Just to the left are a pair
of stub tracks which will go into the Railroad Shops building being
constructed by John Powell. The roads in this scene are laid out
as closely as possible to what was observed on aerial photos.
Then there's that little irrigation ditch which Dave and Larry discovered on a field trip through the area. We thought it'd be a good scene break and make for some nice bridges. Turned out to be a pain to get right, but after several attempts, it was worth the effort. Pictured here is an early, unsatisfactory version.
|Some more plaster and ground
foam makes the chip loader and wye scene start to come together.
The building on the right is the Shipping Shed, based on aerial photos,
and relocated. Also, note that the main mill building is
sprouting an addition after a discovery from better photos.
(Finally, we got rid of the wig wam burner!)
|The scene between the White
House and the Plywood Mill progresses. At last the irrigation
ditch looks good.
|Lots of details remain to be
added to the "Big Y" scene. Working from aerial photos again,
North Pacific Highway spits into two one way streets (Court and
Riverside) just south of the track (bottom of this photo).
Larry mocked up the White House with foam in order to evaluate the size
and proportion. Behind the White House is John Powell's model of
the Medco engine house/plant shop building. John worked from old
photos to scratch build this replica.
|A view from the other direction shows the
business end of the engine house as a pair of SD-9's switch the mill
complex. The bulkhead flats are spotted in a paved, open area for
lumber loading. There are still lots of details model, but
the scene is coming along.
|The scene west of the main saw mill
building, looking north. The log pond has been poured and the
conveyor and power house structures built and painted.
A switcher spots log loads to be unloaded into the pond by the A frame unloader (upper left).
|Adam Gerritsma is a graphic artist and has
us lent his talents to help out with the structures on the
backdrop. The mostly gray building on the backdrop was created
from photos of Timber Products, which occupies this location on the
Siskiyou Line. His father, John, painted the mountains.
When the backdrops are complete, Larry will go to work creating "aerial
clutter" of pipes, power poles, lights and other details to complete
this still rather plain scene.
|A P&E switcher fills in for the usual
Medco locomotive as it spots a box car. Adam and John are working
on this backdrop with photos of the Medite plant which still exists in
this location relative to the now-gone saw mill building.
|Another shot of the boxcar spotted in the
loading shed with a photo backdrop of Medite's facility rising