|Steam Donkey No.1 on a cedar log sled.|
Last week after some trail building to create a spot to offload our quads from the barge and intercept an old logging road, we decided to go up Museum Main in search of the steam donkeys.
|Piston to turn the cable drums for extension and retraction.|
|Levers that were once used to operate the drums.|
|Massive steel drums that played heavy steel cables in and out.|
|Starting a fire in the boiler to warm our hands.|
Many steam donkeys were abandoned in the bush when logging operations were completed. This was the case for the two up Museum Main from Chippewa Bay on Powell Lake.
A few have been lovingly restored and maintained like this one in a YouTube video by tubesmartine.
For more stories about riding in the Powell River backcountry, there's Up the Main and Farther Up the Main. Both are available in Kindle, e-book and print formats. -- Margy