Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I board the train?

The train boards via the caboose located at the end of the train.

Is the train wheel chair accessible?

Unfortunately the train does not have direct wheel chair access. We operate historic equipment that was built with steep stairs and narrow isle ways. We have been saving for a powered wheel chair elevator for some time but they have proven to be very expensive.

Can we bring our dog on board?

Absolutely, we love having well behaved dogs onboard.  We ask that families with dogs please sit in the open cars as they offer additional space for our four legged friends.

Do you have discounts for children and seniors?

We sure do!  We also offer family memberships that can be a cost affective way to ride the train as much as you would like with your family.

Can I ride in the engine?

You bet! We offer cab rides in our steam and diesel locomotives for those that are interested in a unique railroad experience for a small additional fee to cover our insurance costs.  Ask the ticket agent if there is room available in the cab, there often is and we would love to have you along for the ride in hottest seat in the house.

What is the Convenience Fee attached to my online ticket purchase?

The service fee is a reservation fee passed on to us by our online ticketing service, we share the fee with our customers to help cover costs for the online ticketing service. In that way, we pay the larger credit card processing fee and the customer shares the smaller ticket reservation fee.

What is the steam locomotive fueled with?

Would you believe recycled motor oil?  It is true, we use waste oil from automobiles and trucks to fuel our historic locomotive fleet and we are recycling at the same time by reusing the waste oil for a good purpose.

How early and late can I make my reservation or purchase online tickets for OCSR excursions?

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis, popular trains can sell out fast so if there are tickets available on the day you would like to ride we suggest buying tickets online and secure your seat early. Online tickets are available for sale up to 30 min before departure though we cannot hold the train for passengers so please try to be at the departure depot before your scheduled departure time. Walkup tickets are also available on the for purchase on the train in the green caboose for the Coastal Excursion and the Fall Splendor Excursions.

How long is the layover in Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi?

Our Regularly scheduled trains have a 30 minute layover at each destination.  Listen for the locomotive whistle 5 minutes before departure to allow yourself enough time to get back on the train.

Who owns all of this stuff?

The Majority of our equipment is owned by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad an IRS 501c3 charitable museum organization. We do operate and store some privately owned equipment and welcome owners of private railroad equipment to store or operate their equipment on our railroad, contact us for more details. We are an “island railroad” meaning that we are isolated from the rest of the railroad network so equipment must be brought in on trucks at this time. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has an agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay to be the sole operator of the railroad from the Tillamook Air Museum and the railroad siding at Enright 46 miles by rail north and east of Tillamook.

I heard the railroad connected to the Portland area at one time. Are the tracks still there and can they be reconnected?

The original tracks are still installed but small areas were washed away in a heavy winter storm in 2007 that caused a significant amount of damage throughout the region.  As we grow as an organization we plan to reopen sections of the line that we have the resources to repair and expand our service to return service to the areas where we have operating agreements and demand for excursion train service.

How long have you been running trains here?

Since 2002, Can you believe it? Neither can we, it sure doesn’t seem like it has been that long…

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