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 Post subject: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:12 pm 

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Does anyone have any information on or photographs of the Hillcrest Lumber Co. mill on Vancouver Island? I am particularly interested in the steam cranes used there. The mill closed in 1968. One of the cranes was purchased for the Victoria Pacific tourist railroad but was scrapped about 1980.


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:08 pm 

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Hello John: I'm not sure where you are located but here are some local resources which may be useful.
Happy hunting: Pat Hosford


https://www.flickr.com/photos/msdwilkie/albums/
http://www.cowichanvalleymuseum.bc.ca/archival-collection/index/module/media/pId/102/id/1195/category/gallery%7CLumbering/start/0/
http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/hillcrest-lumber-company-mesachie-lake-bc
http://forestry.mosaictraining.ca/hillcrest_photos.html


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:34 am 

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John, I spent many days riding Climax 10 in the millyard, but never got off to photograph the pair of self-propelled cranes. My error. I believe that their main use was in loading flatcars with finished lumber and I always saw them out toward the lake and never behind the engine on the hwy side.

I did get one or two decent slides from the engineers side while switching that show them ahead of the Climax. If you'd like a print, pm me with your address.


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:33 pm 

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Here are links to the photos of the Hillcrest cranes I have found.

Locomotive Crane
Browning C/N 1026 20 tons 8-wheel 1912
unknown first owner
Hillcrest Lbr. Co. Mesachie Lake, BC

Photographs
Browning (C/N 1026?) Steam (crane dated to 1913)
Osborn Bay Wharf Co., LTD. Crofton, BC
Hillcrest Lbr. Co. Mesachie Lake, BC
Terry Ferguson (Victoria Pacific Ry) #950 1969
(Victoria, BC 1970, Ladysmith, BC 1976 and scrapped 1980+.)
http://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/cn ... d-victoria
http://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/st ... e-victoria
Ohio Crane (taken 1965)
http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/lz/r ... 01-071.jpg
http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/lz/r ... 01-068.jpg
Unknown Builder 4 Wheel (taken 1965)
http://www.zelmeroz.com/timber/resource ... rest02.jpg
http://www.zelmeroz.com/timber/resource ... rest03.jpg
Industrial Works (taken 1965)
http://www.zelmeroz.com/timber/resource ... rest04.jpg
http://www.zelmeroz.com/album_rail/lz/r ... 01-065.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:27 pm 

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Is this crane in the back center what you are looking for? The photo is summer 1982.


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:58 pm 

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Your shot of the E&N shop brings back many memories. The crane in the background is most likely:

Prince George-
Industrial Works C/N 2801 100 tons Wrecker Steam 1913 (operable)
Canadian Pacific Ry #414325 Victoria, Nelson & North Bend, BC
Central British Columbia Ry & Forest Industry Museum Prince George, BC 01-87
http://www.flickr.com/photos/canadagood/3271971085/


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 12:10 am 

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I found this image in a photo mosaic at the BC Forest Discovery Centre (formerly BC Forest Museum) which shows a steam crane at the Mesatchie Lake mill of Hillcrest. The photo was undated and contained no description.

Pat

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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:02 pm 

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Hello John: I'm not sure if you've seen these ones, but this may be what you're looking for:

Pat


https://www.flickr.com/photos/44480433@N05/4430352658/in/pool-e_nrailway/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44480433@N05/4430353244/in/pool-e_nrailway/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44480433@N05/4429587417/in/pool-e_nrailway/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44480433@N05/4429586935/in/pool-e_nrailway/


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 Post subject: Re: Hillcrest Lumber Co.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:01 pm 

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Thank you Pat. I had not seen those photos before.


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