Well, the last operational logging railroad in the US is pretty much officially dead.
The Simpson Timber Company Railroad that ran from the waterfront in downtown Shelton, Washington out to Mill 5 near Matlock was the last. When the Simpson mills were sold to Sierra Pacific last year, the railroad ceased operation.
However, there was hope that it would be revived as a tourist line.
It appears that is not to be. The right-of-way inside the City of Shelton is to be deeded to the City. The right-of-way in Mason County is to be turned over to the Rails to Trails folks.
I don't know what is going to happen to the equipment and rolling stock. I expect it will be auctioned off.
That sucks, Reg. Not that I was very surprised to hear this, though.
I never chased the Simpson once, and of course now regret that (especially as I live near Centralia, which is pretty close by). Like many, it didn't occur to me that literally overnight, it'd be gone like that.