Rail Ballast Spreader, Pacific Car and Foundry

Ballast Spreader, Pacific Car and Foundry
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The announcement by Simpson Timber Company that they were pulling up their logging railroad from the Matlock Dry Sort Yard to the Frank Breymeyer Reload west of Shelton, Washington, was sad news indeed. It marked the end of an era for one of the unique railroad operations in North America. Chris Baldo of Roots of Motive Power contacted the company and made arrangements for the purchase of three Simpson cars: (1) a Pacific Car and Foundry 8-wheel moving car that had been converted to a ballast spreader (2) a Pacific Car and Foundry 16-wheel moving car (3) a Pacific Car and Foundry log skeleton car All of the cars were delivered to the Roots facility in Willits CA in the summer of 2003. The most unique car is the 16-wheel moving car. by Chris Baldo and John Taubeneck from the Roots of Motive Power Newsletter, August 2003