McCloud River Railroad #25

McCloud River Railroad #25

In early 2011 an active member of Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad made possible the purchase of #25 from the McCloud Railraod with a loan. After negotiations with the McCloud Railroad a price was agreed upon and plans to move the engine from McCloud, its home of 86 years, began. In late March, 2011 OCSR crew members descended on McCloud, CA and began the preparations to move the locomotive. On March 30, 2011 the McCloud 25 left McCloud for the final time on the back of a low-boy trailer headed for the Oregon Coast.

McCloud 25

McCloud 25 leaves McCloud for the final time. Photo by Martin E. Hansen

McCloud 25 Siskiyou Mountains

McCloud 25 crests the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon. Photo by Steve Spaulding

After a 400 mile trip up Interstate 5 and across the Coast Range Mountains the McCloud engine arrived in Tillamook on March 31st.  OCSR crews met the engine at the Port of Tillamook Bay in front of the World War II blimp hanger that houses the Tillamook Air Museum. After several hours of work the engine rested on rail once more and was moved inside the museum for storage until a proper home could be arranged in Garibaldi, OR. In August the engine was moved to Garibaldi to begin hauling passengers once again.

McCloud 25 at Tillamook Air Museum

McCloud 25 arrives in Tillamook for unloading. Photo by Aaron Zorko