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Gilmour Tramway aqueduct

soft cover
8" x 8"
96 pages
54 pictures,
maps & diagrams
ISBN 978-0-9734434-3-1
retail $19.95

**New edition**

 

Picture on the front cover shows the start of the Gilmour Tramway on Lake of Bays, with the work crew posing in front of the jackladder, water pumps, and steam powerhouse. (B&W original courtesy of Moffat and Barbara Hill, tinted by Lorrie Szekat).

Top left, the 1000-metre-long tramway aqueduct curves cross-country inland from Lake of Bays (National Archives of Canada).

 

Other Fox Meadow books about 19th-century lumbering

When Giants Fall

Timber Empire

 

Gilmour Tramway book cover -- Lake of Bays jackladder

What does a 19th-century lumber baron do when he needs to move millions of logs from one waterway to another, and a range of high hills blocks the way?

If his name was David Gilmour, he’d invent and construct an ingenious but expensive system of giant endless chains and aqueducts, call it the Gilmour Tramway, and prove to his critics that he could in fact “float logs uphill.” Beginning on the shore of Lake of Bays near Dorset, the tramway was the crucial link in his bold plan to float logs 445 kilometres from Algonquin Park to his sawmill at Trenton on Lake Ontario.

In the book When Giants Fall: The Gilmour Quest for Algonquin Pine, Gary Long and Randy Whiteman told the entire Gilmour story, in which the tramway was just one chapter.

Now, Gary returns to the mechanism that originally inspired his own interest in the Gilmours. Gilmour Tramway: A Lumber Baron’s Desperate Scheme examines the tramway in minute detail, explaining how it was built and how it operated. A selection of historical photos (some never before published) illustrate the system in its operating days, while modern pictures depict the surprising remnants. Meticulous maps and diagrams prepared by Gary add further to the understanding of the engineering marvel.

Gary has explored every inch of the tramway route and combines his extensive field notes with information from archival records and other sources to put the tramway back in working order, at least in words. This second edition features updated and improved maps and descriptions, as well as some new information.

 

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