I presented this show at "Winterail 2016 Railroad Photography Exposition" in Corvallis, Oregon on March 19, 2016. It was an honor and pleasure to premiere my project on the big screen in front of an audience of 350+ people.
"At one time there were more miles of logging railroads in the state of Washington than miles of transcontinental railroads. Now there are no trains coming out of the woods. Using both artistry and an eye for history, Joel has given us an amazing look at the final logging railroad in Washington. In this collection of photos and writings, we are given a behind the curtain look at what was once commonplace, becoming unique and now extinct. Thanks to Joel's efforts, the Simpson Railroad has now been given its due place in the historical record. And for that we all owe him a debt gratitude."
-Martin Burwash, Burlington, Washington. author (Vis Major), farmer and historian.
Simpson brings to mind a long history in the Northwest forest industry and for rail enthusiasts a long loved logging railroad. Inside this pictorial Joel Hawthorn captures a fantastic retrospective of the last years of operations of the Simpson Lumber Company’s railroad in Shelton, WA. These years were not the Simpson’s heydays however they are an important chapter in the life of the railroad and their documentation demonstrates the enthusiasm rail fans have for operations like the Simpson. As a resident of Shelton, Joel spent many hours in and around the railroad and train crews. His special relationship with Simpson railroaders gained him access to interesting parts of the railroad that went unseen by many. His unique perspective gives light the last breaths of the Simpson.
-Steve Eshom, Vancouver, WA