history of a Simpson Lumber SW1200, #1202 "City of Montesano

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history of a Simpson Lumber SW1200, #1202 "City of Montesano

Postby Rich1853 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:35 am

Last month (Sept. 2018) I was vacationing in Montesano, Washington. I was kind of fascinated with the lumber industry in the region, all hauled by trucks BTW. I purchased this book Logging to the Salt Chuck, over 100 years of Railroad Logging in Mason County, Washington. By John T. Labbee and Peter J. Replinger. GREAT Picture Book.
In there it was mention that one of their four SW1200 was named the "City of Montesano", a very nice small town that I was staying in (Godson 3 year old birthday). Well here's a little video/photo history of that locomotive.
here is a partial history of #1202 and the rest of the locomotives that were owned by Simpson Lumber Railroad
#900 “CITY OF ELMA” EMD SW900 C/N 20609 5-55
To Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA 04-15 (not used)
Donated to unknown
(setting in roundhouse 10-16)
#1200 “CITY OF SHELTON” EMD SW1200 C/N 20634 4-56
To Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA 04-15 (not used)
(setting in roundhouse 10-16)
#1201 “CITY OF McCLEARY” EMD SW1200 C/N 20635 5-56
To Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA 04-15 (not used)
Western Washington RR Chehalis, WA 09-16
#1202 “CITY OF MONTESANO” EMD SW1200 C/N 25046 3-59
ex-CB&Q (FW&D) #610
to Burlington Northern (FW&D) #610 (renumbered to #259)
to Pacific Transportation Services (dealer) Tacoma, WA 1983
to Simpson 1984
To Sierra Pacific Industries Shelton, WA 04-15 (not used)
Western Washington RR Chehalis, WA 09-16
the map of western washington railroad http://www.wwrailroad.com/
now at the washington royal line (click on the 1202 hyperlink for photos) http://www.trainweb.org/rosters/WRL.html

And now for some videos:
from 07/10/1997
https://youtu.be/JJR6F-fT-aI
1202 in cab ride June 12, 2015 in preparation for the cessation of operations that would occur on the 30th ofJune.
https://youtu.be/HHI9J2csCVY
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