Happy New Year to all – although that seems a LONG while ago. Apologies for not posting but have been up and down to Edinburgh Scotland ( a 700 mile round trip from home ) helping my daughter move and keeping the grandchildren out of the way- a full time job
However thanks for the recent comments
My reply on the chemical spur is that the pulp mill was built in the late 1940’s as a market pulp kraft mill. So chemicals are caustic soda, chorine and sulphuric acid plus some cleaning chemical. I have only two car spots and use some generic tank cars, but as I said I hope to increase this later in 2018.
I take the point about the run through Shelton to Bremerton as additional traffic but I tried to model the track layout at Shelton and could not make it fit. There are a few Simpson/Shelton features. The woods track crossing the street to enter the mill- the engine house and dispatchers office over the creek and near the street -the dump tracks running through the mill site- but that is all I could fit. The short line has more from Longview than Shelton.
In spite of the Christmas/New Year events I have done some work on roughing in the woods camp as you can see it is not just plywood but I am operating it for a while before doing too much scenery. That should start next month
By the way Alan I still exhibit a small layout called Two Sister’s Farm which is 1/32 scale narrow gauge. It is very loosely based on a narrow gauge farm estate railway found on the Lincolnshire Fens in the late 1950’s. At one time there were over fifty small railways on many farms, mostly powered by horse but a couple of the larger operations used small diesels and one even steam.
The model is more what might have been rather than what actually existed. It is a little different to most narrow models by virtue of the various powered vehicles used on the farm. All a bit of fun and not to be taken seriously.
A thread about the layout can be found on this site by searching for Two Sister’s Farm in the narrow gauge section.
Thanks Peter for the links to the Simpson videos. Like Reg they bring back lots of memories. I find the Simpson Reborn one especially poignant, as the railroad did not last too many years after that. There is a very good DVD "Our Last Log Hauler" from Golden Rail which covers a happier time
As a reminder attached is one of my photos taken in 1999 of Simpson's 1200 coming out of Franks transfer with a load of toothpicks.
Reg for your information I think the lokeys at Centralia are 1201 and 1202 per a video I saw on youtube
For anyone else following this thread I hope to get to the scenery at Camp 16 in the next month or so
I have not done a good job of tracking the locomotive numbers and their circumstances. John Taubeneck probably knows the details.
The museum is plugging along. They got possession of the turntable and were able to move it out to Mill 5. They hope to build a pit for it.
I see their big hurdle as being money. I think they started with the idea that the City of Shelton would throw in some money. Given the city finances, the current commissioners, and the high risk nature of the venture, that is not going to happen.
A few months back they had about $1,000 of track supplies stolen. They had to hit Facebook with a plea for money in order to replace the stolen goods. If $1,000 is a big hit, they are in a major up hill battle.
If they are going to get the trackwork back into condition, establish some kind of terminal facilities, and acquire suitable rolling stock they need a couple of big roller donors. Someone who can contribute millions.
I think it is a noble venture. But it is very high risk and I don't have much hope.