Re: Lumber Loads in the Transition Era

Greg Martin

Just to clarify this a bit...
Generally we call it SURFACED and ROUGH. Finished was a term that was often associated with finished goods such as siding, profiles or mouldings.
Surfaced was material that came from the saw mill went through a planner in the planning mill to a nominal size (dressed is a common term) , green or dried (both different dimensions) with a set of specifications that were met and when done correctly it was considered "on grade" and if not they were "off grade". These specifications were standards set by the American Lumber Standards or ALS in the U.S. The standards were very specific in many regards to meet a specific grade of lumber.
Rough was a term for dimensionally sawn/milled lumber with a rough or sized texture to a dimension close to full width and thickness. Rough sawn lumber can in all sizes from lath to timber.
Greg Martin
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Norman Maclean

In a message dated 12/18/2015 3:22:56 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, STMFC@... writes:

Garth Groff wrote:


If you have Tony's SP book volume 3, look on pages 213, 214, 225, and 249 for good shots of lumber loads on flat cars with bracing.

It is my understanding that the best quality lumber went into boxcars. While flat cars would have carried larger sizes, they also were used for lumber that was of lesser sizes but with a lower grade. All of the above photos seem to show this sort of load.

   Usually the distinction was "finished" vs "rough" lumber. The latter of course was unmilled and, as someone said, "splintery."

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