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Chehalis Western Express

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad
• Leisurely morning on the old Milwaukee Road
• Pre-departure yard action- freight switching, false starts, and more
• Historic route along the Chehalis River
• Photo runbys featuring Cowlitz, Chehalis, and Cascade #15 locomotive

Trip Information

Chehalis Western Express -Chehalis-Centralia Railroad
Start your day bright and early at a restored Milwaukee Road depot in Chehalis, Washington.  You will have the unique experience of watching vintage engines, including the #15, a 1918 Baldwin 90-ton 2-8-2S steam engine make their preparations to depart.  Have your camera ready as we add our passenger consist, and off we'll go!

The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad operates over a 9 mile section of track that extends southwest from Chehalis to Ruth, Wa.  This historic line was previously part of the Milwaukie Road network that extended to South Bend and the Pacific Coast and was later operated by the Chehalis Western Railroad.  The line winds through scenic hills and farmland along the Chehalis River and over several wooden trestles.  As the locomotive steams along, we'll be stopping for some photo run-bys.  After a morning riding and shooting photos, we will make our way back to Chehalis, deboard, and head off for further afternoon fun.

A minimum of three photo runbys have been scheduled and more will be added if time permits. Coffee and donuts will be provided at boarding.   Two open cars will be part of our consist to enjoy the fresh air and unparalleled views. As this trip is limited to less than 100 passengers, we highly recommend making your reservations ASAP. Feel free to call us at 503-292-5055 if you have any questions. Click here for online reservations.

Proposed Timetable

Schedule & routing subject to change
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Pre-departure yard movements to potentially include freight switching and false start photo opportunities (coffee and donuts will be provided)
Train departs Chehalis
9:00 am
Travel 18 miles along the Chehalis River to Ruth roundtrip
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Return to Chehalis
12:30 pm


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Chehalis Western Express
Join us on an exclusive scenic steam train morning in Chehalis, WA! Photographic opportunities will be plentiful. Don't miss this exciting opportunity!

Book early, as space is limited to fewer than 100 passengers. Click here for reservations, or call us at 503-292-5055.
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