Logs coming off the hill. In a scene that was likely a daily occurrence a century ago, the former East Branch & Lincoln Baldwin #5 brings a couple of loads of timber off the mountain, backi... (more)
An EB&L Log Train on home rails. The former East Branch & Lincoln Baldwin #5 looks right at home in the woods with a string of loaded log bunks.....and well it should. The railroad at Clar... (more)
Ah, fresh timber! The former East Branch & Lincoln Baldwin #5 delivers a couple of loads of fresh timber to the engine shop siding at the White Mountain Central Railroad. Lots of photo ch... (more)
A scene which was once common all over the United States is now nearly extinct-- a true logging railroad. The Simpson Timber Company operated the last true logging railroad in the US, but the rai... (more)
"The Miserable Mile" on the Simpson Railroad, so named by the crews from enduring this last stretch of the trip; a slow, bouncy, flat mile of rail before reaching Mill 5.
Chehalis Western 818 and 810 bring the loaded log train into the Tacoma Yard from Centralia.
Moving through an ess curve at the lower end of the Sand Cut grade, the 1200 begins to dig in for the last couple miles up the hill with thirty one loads. Two other engines were helping the effor... (more)
The Last American Logger: Some trains may haul logs, but if you get technical (and railfans often do) Shelton, Wash. is the last place in America to see a traditional logging railroad at wo... (more)
The 1202 is the rear end power on this outbound trip, helping another SW1200 on the head end get this log train up the hill in the woods west of Shelton. This spot is inaccessible by automobile, ... (more)
A split screen view: Simpson power idling on the left, center beam flat sitting on the Mill 5 lead, right. As seen from an empty log flat car.
If while you wait for the stacker to unload the log train you get bored, then get busy with clearing debris from the bottom of the bunkers.
The 1202 and 1201 await their job at the rear of the log train which is soon to depart the dock with 40 loads of waterwood destined for the dry-sort yard, 9½ miles away.
Nearly at the end of a run up the hill with a train of logs for the sort yard and Mill 5. MT Rainier is in the picture today, too.
Grunting and grinding, the 1201 attains the top of "Sand Cut". On a 2.2% grade along a half mile stretch, this is where the challenge occurs on a daily basis. Pop can trees are rarely seen in thes... (more)
GONE: On the afternoon of Oct. 28, 2008, the log yard at Clarkia, Idaho was a busy place, as the empty St. Maries River Railroad train arrives to pick up another train of logs headed for th... (more)