PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rail Center, LLC (doing business as RailsNW), a Portland-based boutique rail travel agency and charter train operator, is pleased to announce the return of the not-to-be-missed Oregon Coast Crawler steam train excursion for its 10th straight year. This one-of-a-kind excursion will operate one day only: Saturday, September
29, 2018. Tickets are on sale now at http://railsnw.com/tours/charter/garibaldi_steam/garibaldi_steam.htm.
This spectacular trip is limited to only 120 passengers, so RailsNW recommends making your reservation as soon as possible
to guarantee your seat.
“We are excited to once again offer Oregonians and visitors to our great
state this rare chance to take in the natural beauty and charm of our coast by the most relaxing and stress-free mode of travel,” said Rail Center, LLC’s President Tom Horstmann. “We’re also proud to give people a chance to get up close to a living part of
Oregon’s history. Guests on this unparalleled journey will come away with great memories and hopefully dozens of Instagram-worthy photos.”
Departing Garibaldi, Ore. at 9:30 A.M., the train -- consisting of one open-air,
one semi-enclosed and one completely enclosed coach powered by McCloud Railway No. 25, a unique Alco-built 2-6-2 steam locomotive -- will travel nearly twenty miles of majestic railroad that do not normally host steam trains. It will arrive at Wheeler at 11:15
AM, where passengers will have 45 minutes to explore this quaint seaside town before reboarding the train.
The Crawler is due to reach its turn-around point of the Mohler around 1:00 PM, where passengers will be able to step off for a couple runbys and to stretch their legs. Departing Mohler at 1:40 PM, the train will stop at Wheeler for water. We will then stop at Rockaway at 4:00 P.M., allowing enough time for passengers to stretch
their legs and perhaps pick up some Tillamook County-made taffy or ice cream. The Crawler is scheduled to return to Garibaldi at 5:15 P.M.
Our locomotive, which has plied the rails in Oregon on and off since 1925, was featured in the movies Bound for Glory, Stand By Me and Changing.
Originally used for logging, she has been hauling passenger excursions since 1955.
All passengers will have a guaranteed seat in one of the enclosed cars,
with all having unlimited access to the open-air car on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of three photo runbys have been scheduled and more will be added as time permits.
The Oregon Coast Crawler is sure to please train enthusiasts, photographers, and anyone who wants to spend a relaxing day on the sublime Oregon coast.