21_locomotiveSkidder“This was a rarity for the very good reason that it simply could not work on very many shows. If the grade were a bit steeper the locie could not get up the hill and it would come down too fast if it did. If it were not steep enough the locie could not pull the logs in the chute. It was a ring-tailed stem-winder to build as it required a railroad plus a log chute. Maintenance was a major problem. Loading and unloading was easy. The logs required dogs and chains. If the locie could pull the grade aided by the weight in the saddle-type water tank and the crew clinging like swamp apes all over it, then it had to come down with logs for braking. If a dog pulled loose, it was bad with a capital H.” – written by Howard B. Taylor