Sept 22, 2017   

We have just gained permission from Green Diamond Resources to perform track repair and maintenance on the route to the sort yard. By next spring we hope to be bringing train rides to Shelton!  - in the 5-4 with ties at mile 4.4 10/23/2013.

Sept 14, 2017

  

Sept 13, 2017

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We are reaching out to people with specialized skills who would like to volunteer some of their time in helping us toward our goal of becoming a viable scenic railroad operation in Shelton. Good things are beginning to fall into place and if you are a book keeper, lawyer, grant writer or have marketing experience we would really like to hear from you. Please PM us if you would like to get on board and be a part of this effort. And as always, we do encourage anyone who would like to support us in any way they can to contact us as well. Our board members meet once a month in Shelton at the Mason Hotel (Front Street and Railroad Ave) to discuss current developments and strategies if you are interested in joining us or just interested in learning what we are doing.

August 24, 2017

 

IMG 3177 roundhouse junkAlthough we were ultimately unsuccessful in aquiring the historic Simpson roundhouse Sierra Pacific Industries has been super generous in agreeing to donate to us (PRLM) the two locomotives, which are in serviceable condition, the caboose, three speeders, the crane and various railroad tools and sundry. These items will give us a huge head start in beginning our new railroad. They even offered to give us the turntable and we are so very thankful for their support! Part of the agreement will hinge on our ability to remove the items from their property and we are formulating a plan which would entail obtaining a truck trailer or warehouse space to securely store the tools and equipment. If you or someone you know would donate, or let us use or purchase at low cost a container or two or storage space, we are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to us are tax deductible.

 

July 26, 2017

Moving day came for the Silver Top yesterday. Here it was being placed on a low boy to be trucked to a temporary storage space in a rail yard at Chehalis, Washington. For the last 20 years the car had been used as vendor space at a shopping village/mall in Bothell, Washington. The Peninsular Railway and Lumbermen's Museum (a 501 (C) 3 non-profit) was granted the former CB&Q Passenger Car 342. They plan to restore the car and eventually add it to a railroad excursion in Shelton, Washington. Some additional history of the Silver Top: Car originally built in 1937 as Fort Worth and Denver 52 seat coach #403 Silver Top. It was reconfigured into a coach/dinette around 1940. The car was again reconfigured into a snack bar coach in 1969 and renumbered Chicago Burlington and Quincy #342. After retirement, the car was modified for use at Andy's Tukwila Station restaraunt along with several other rail cars. Andy's closed in 1996, and the car subsequently was moved to the Country Village location.

June 18, 2017

Move the Silver Top car!

 

We have been granted former CB&Q passenger car 342. This car will be a wonderful asset for our proposed excursion railroad in Shelton Washington. To this end, we wish to interpret the rich history of the area while also stimulating commerce and tourism.What we need is assistance covering the cost of the move. Initial estimates are $15,000 to move the car from its current location in Bothell, WA to interim storage in Chehalis, WA. Once in Chehalis, light restoration can take place so the car will be available for service. All tax deductable donations raised through this program will go towards the movement and restoration of this vintage car for everyone to enjoy.   Here is the GOFUNDME link to the fundraising effort:  CLICK HERE

 

March 28th 2017

Online Store

 

 

We have started an online store! Currently, we are selling a T-shirt that we made to get the word out about our project. We will soon have two book titles for sale which pertain to logging railroad history in the Pacific Northwest: Gary Durr's recent book "LOGGING RAILROADS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (Vol. 1)" and "LOGGING TO THE SALT CHUCK" by John Labbe and Peter Replinger.  Both volumes are in Hardcover format.  Each sale helps support our efforts to aquire the railroad and get this project off the ground. Check back soon for more merchandise.

 

 


February 23rd 2017

501(c)(3) status Granted!!!

 

We recieved word that the IRS has officially granted our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status! This means all donations made previously and from this point on are now eligible for tax deductions. Getting this status will open up a host of opportunities for our organization.