The Peninsular Railway and Lumbermen’s Museum is a "grassroots" all volunteer 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich railroad and logging history of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The institution is dedicated to preserving and operating the former Simpson Timber Company railroad located in Shelton, WA. Simpson Railroad was the last operation of its kind in the United States and ended with the closure and sale of the two company mills to Sierra Pacific Industries in July of 2015. The preservation and use of historic Simpson railroad equipment such as locomotives, log cars, cabooses, and maintenance of way equipment would be of high importance to provide living history and context.
In order to reach a broader audience, the scenic railroad would be operated to educate visitors in the manner of historic railroad technology and practice. By committing to living history, the riders become participants in the daily rhythm of authentic timber company railroading.
The vision of the institution is to provide the public with a firsthand experience, not of dead displays and artifacts devoid of context, but instead a vibrant and active living socio-technical system where the past never died.
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A crew for Simpson Railroad begin to depart with their train from the dry sort yard, beginning the ten mile trip back to Shelton, WA on March 29, 2013. Photo by Joel Hawthorn.