PRLM Executive Officers
Josh 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.
Daryl Lund is a Chehalis City Councilman. Daryl has been involved with steam locomotives in both Shelton & Chehalis since the 1970’s and helped start Chehalis and Centralia Railroad Association in 1986. Daryl has been involved in many aspects of the railroad preservation industry over the years including owning several pieces of historic railroad equipment. Daryl is a successful business owner in Lewis County and a strong advocate for the local communities, economic development, and historic preservation.
Joel Hawthorn is a retired postal worker and a railroad enthusiast/photographer who lives with his wife Kathy and two dogs near Shelton, Washington. He has had an interest in documenting the Simpson Railroad since moving to the Mason County area in 1990. His photography has appeared in TRAINS, RAILFAN & RAILROAD magazines and other publications. Joel is the author of the book "SIMPSON RAILROAD - A RECENT HISTORY". He has presented at AUTUMN LEAF and WINTERAIL slide shows and shares his photography on Flickr and Railpictures.net web venues.
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.
Efstathios (Stathi) I. Pappas
Efstathios (Stathi) I. Pappas is the Assistant General Manager at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Stathi is the owner of Stockton Locomotive Works as well as two steam locomotives, The Santa Cruz Portland Cement #2 and a Narrow Gauge 2-8-0. Stathi is the Former Curator of Collections at Northwest Rail Museum, former Chief Mechanical Officer at Mt Rainier Scenic railroad, and former Machinist for the Roaring Camp railroads. As a former professor of Industrial Archaeology at the University of Nevada, Stathi holds a Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.
Bill Busacca is a retired dentist who is involved with many civic activities and as an accomplished master model railroad craftsman specializes in depicting the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in Delores, Colorado in HOn3 scale on his hand crafted layout. He was instrumental in saving and facilitating the move of the Simpson turntable from its location in Shelton to a secure area under the care of the PRLM.
- 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.