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Hard To Duplicate Today – 100 Years Later – H.L. Arey

After the first of the new year there will be a number of winter steam charters held that will challenge the participants with the special lighting that winter snow and low sun can bring. Even with all our sophisticated new digital camera equipment available today, we all would be lucky if we were able to…

Belding, OR On SP Tillamook Branch-99 Years Apart

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…

Strange Visitor To Timber, Oregon-Southern Pacific #15

The Portland Division of the Southern Pacific had a number of McKeen Motor Cars assigned to it for use on the various branch lines in the 1920’s. The thought was that these cars would reduce the cost of daily passenger service on these less traveled branch lines. In 1924 H.L. Arey caught SP McKeen Car…

On The Turntable At Salmonberry – SP Helper #2679 – 1924

Located at mile post 815.7 on the SP Tillamook Branch is the important stop know as Salmonberry. Named after the roaring river that runs along the Southern Pacific track at this point, Salmonberry served in the days of steam as a place where helper engines were stationed to help the SP trains on the 15…

The Hazards Of SP’s Tillamook Branch – Falling Logs!

Operating the Southern Pacific Tillamook Branch has always been a challenge due to the steep terrain of the Oregon Coast Range that it traverses. The pounding winter storms and flood waters also posed special challenges to the railroaders who kept the line open over the years. Here is another hazard faced by operators of the…

Former Central Pacific Bridge Still Sees Steam On OCSR

If you know where to look you can still find historic bridges from the original Transcontinental Railroad in service today. The Southern Pacific (successor to the Central Pacific) would find it needed to upgrade certain old CP bridges along the mainline as traffic volumes rose to the point that the old CP bridges could no…

A Hog With It’s Famous Photographer Hogger

This evening, as another Pacific Storm barrels in to the Oregon Coast Range with it’s wind and rain showers, I can not help but remember the years the Southern Pacific Tillamook Branch steam crews had to endure such weather to wrestle their long trains of logs and timber products over the line with the help…

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Spring Splendor Excursion

April 12, 2024 - May 19, 2024

Bear witness to spring along the Tillamook Coast! Powered by a vintage diesel locomotive, this round trip train ride is just over 2 hours, including a 45 minute layover in the quaint coastal town of Wheeler where you can shop and grab a bite to eat!

Departing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Rockaway Beach.

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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!

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Take a romantic ride along the Oregon Coast aboard the Moonlight Excursion. This is a round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler and back. Each guest receives two drink tickets, cupcakes and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available along with appetizer food options.

This ride is for adults 21 and over ONLY.