Volume 3 of ďIf Rails Could TalkÖĒ is the third of a
planned eight volume series about the railroad logging along
the Blue Ridge and adjoining Smoky Mountains. In volume 3,
there are the stories of logging Allens Creek near Hazelwood,
NC by rail and by log flume. Located near the present
Waynesville, NC watershed, the logging town of Quinlantown
and the Quinlan-Monroe Lumber Company is the center of the
story that spans the years from 1901 through the early 19 teens.
This was also Champion Fibreís first railroad logging
operation. Also included is what is known about Championís
logging operation at Balsam, NC. The book contains the
history of the only surviving locomotive from Championís
early logging railroads, Climax 1323, now at the Cradle of
Forestry. The book contains several topo maps and many
photographs, several published for the first time. Author Ron
Sullivan, his wife Marilyn, and hiking partner Jerry Ledford
spent many days hiking the old grades, most of them off of
established trails and roads. Ron used a GPS to trace the rail
grades and transfer them to USGS topo maps. Gerald Ledford
provided editing, just as he did for volumes one and two.
This book contains locomotive roster information for
all of the companies. These rosters were carefully researched
and prepared by Thomas Lawson, one of the most
knowledgeable persons in the field.
The book is spiral bound so that readers can fully
appreciate the maps and the photos. It is printed on 100 pound
gloss paper, so it has the feel and look of a much more
expensive book. It also features a clear cover and a plastic
Students and fans of early day railroad logging in
western North Carolina and the Great Smokies will want to
add this volume to their libraries.