PRLM Executive Officers

 

President

Josh Kaivo

 

joshJosh Kaivo has been a railroad professional since 2009 maintaining and overhauling locomotives. Josh was the last Simpson Railroad Mechanic between 2014 and 2015 and has continued his career in the rail industry with other shortline operations in the region. He has been a member of Kitsap Live Steamers since 2000, and has been involved with railroad preservation since 2010 volunteering with The Mt Rainier Scenic Railroad, Northwest Railway Museum, and Stockton Locomotive Works. Josh is an advocate of historic preservation.


 


Treasurer

Janice Vocke

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 Originally she worked in the mental health/counseling/health field, usually with senior and disabled clients.   She owned a courier service and limousine company, specializing in special events and custom tours.  When disabled seniors she knew needed help, she returned to her original field and cared for them.  As an active community volunteer, she has been on 30 non-profits’ boards. She was once nominated for Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen Of The Year.  Loving to travel, she has been to 13 countries, 49 states in the USA, and 8 Canadian provinces. She and her husband George always travel with guidebooks for historic trains, covered bridges, lighthouses, and historic roads.  Logging trains have a special place in her heart as one saved her dad’s life, after a horrible logging accident, by rushing him to the hospital. She has been a PRLM volunteer since 2017.

 


Recording Secretary

Les Bagley

A lifelong rail, traction and bus fan, Les joined the PRLM Board as Secretary in January, 2018, and has been a volunteer with the organization since mid-2017. Prior to joining PRLM, he spent nearly 25 years in advertising and marketing, as a radio announcer, news and program director, station manager, and ad agency creative director. He also served as Display Director and Newsletter Editor for the non-profit Baltimore Streetcar Museum before moving to Washington in 1985. Here he first served as Marketing Manager for Washington State Ferries, a job which began over 30 years employment in public and private transportation enterprises, most recently retiring as owner of a West Sound sightseeing and charter bus company. Now retired, he also was an original incorporator and served 15 years as Executive Director of the Divco Club of America and Multi-Stop Historical Society, a nationwide group of delivery truck enthusiasts.

 


Directors

Pete Replinger

 Pete hired on with the Simpson Railroad in 1963 and was an engineer for many years of his career there.  He is an railroad and logging historianand has written several articles and authored a book with John Labbe on the history of Simpson Railroad "Logging to the Salt Chuck"

 Pete hired on in 1963 with Simpson Railroad and retired after putting in forty years with the company, working much of that time as an engineer on that logging railroad.  He was volunteer general manager of the Snoqualmie group in the early 1970s and managed the operation at Camp 6, Point Defiance Park in the early 1980s.  He is well known in the railroader community and as an historian of local railroading and logging has written many articles and co-authored with John Labbe the book  "Logging to the Salt Chuck" (1990) about the Simpson Railroad 1885-1989.  He is also involved with the Mason County Historical Society and serves on their board.  Pete is our track foreman, directing volunteer work parties for various maintenance of way projects.

 

Cory Wheeler

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