Steam leaves the woods


Courtesy photo/Mason County Historical Museum

The Three-Spot William Shorter.

In May 1956, the Simpson Lookout magazine included the following story:

"I'm the Three-Spot, named after William Shorter, one of the early Simpson engineers. I'm 30 years old, and as steam lokies go, that makes me a grandfather.

Steam is going out, stepping aside for the diesels. Simpson has used lokies like me since the nineties, but diesels are running the Simpson rails now. I'm just an old fellow puffing a lot of memories.

They had me run out to Camp Govey during the March snows to get some Cats. Snow was too deep to log in the mountains, and the Cats needed a ride to the flat lands....

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