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a train traveling down train tracks near a forest

As we reopen the track in the Salmonberry Canyon on SP’s famed Tillamook Branch, we are always looking to locate all the locations that were once on the Tillamook Branch timetables.

One such spot is the old water stop at Belding, OR at Mile Post 807. Here are 2 shots taken 99 years apart at this spot.

The first view shows SP #2940 spotted for water in 1914. Engineer H.L. Arey stepped off the engine while his fireman, “Babe” Wescott fills the tender.

The second view was taken at the same spot in January showing the clean-up work we still have ahead of us as we reopen more of the Canyon.

As you can see this is rugged country to run trains in.

a close up of a wooded area

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Our signature excursion along the scenic Tillamook Bay and the Oregon Coast offers a relaxed ride and a step back in time behind an authentic steam locomotive or vintage diesel locomotive! Departing from Garibaldi or Rockaway Beach, this excursion is 30 minutes each direction. A minimum 30 minute layover is included, but passengers may stay longer and take any available return trip!