The yellow car is based on a Simpson prototype used up to the early 1980's at least.
It was one of several steam loco tenders, rebuilt I think in the Shelton shops,
as track sprinkler and fire car, to reduce fire hazard from brake shoes sparks etc.
It also served as protection between the lokey and the train in case of a shifted load going through the cab!!
The top is really flat but held a box of firefighting tools, hose reel and various cables etc.
Rather that have a another photo of my model, attached are some of the real thing from my collection.
Seems really unfortunate that we are in this "if you are not with me, then you are completely against me" version of politics.
There should always be some form of understanding about why anyone takes a view point especially as there is usually more ways of looking at a subject.
Having had some experience of local pressure groups and having been part of the museum "industry",
I know both how passionate, and how blinkered, some can become and therefore not find the time to have a reasoned discussion.
Obviously the rail museum would like support in Shelton.
However I can see that stretched city budgets will make funding this pretty far down the priorities,
especially if the tourist demand is as yet unproved and Shelton/Mason County probably need a firm business plan they could buy into.
With my museum management hat on,
I know that many enthusiast groups forget about the "business" end, in their desire to preserve their favorite bit of the past.
However I do wish them well in preserving whatever they can of the Simpson rail operations.