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Mt. Rainier Scenic RR & Tacoma Rail Tour
You'll depart bright and early via motor coach for a tour of the engine servicing facilities and dispatch center for the Tacoma Rail and get a chance to photograph some of their locomotives that are in the area for servicing.
Tacoma Rail has provided rail transportation as a public entity since 1914. With 14 locomotives, more than 100 employees and about 200 miles of track, Tacoma Rail provides key freight connections for customers in greater Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., handling in excess of 165,000 freight shipments per year.
Following the visit to Tacoma Rail you will reboard the coach for a ride through forested river valleys to the little town of Elbe, Washington. There you’ll board the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad for a 2-1/2 hour ride behind steam into the woods. Upon reaching the Mineral, Washington engine terminal you'll have time for an examination of their locomotive collection, which includes the only operating geared Willamette locomotive in existence, as well as a 2-4-4-2, 3-truck Shay, 3-truck Climax, 3-truck Heisler, former Hammond Lumber 2-8-2T, NP EMD F9 #7012A, 2 Alco S1's (one repainted to its original NP Terminal RR #30), RSD1 (built for the Rock Island, but used by the US Army), Vulcan diesel, GE 44 tonner.
Then you'll re-board your coach for the return trip to Portland. (Box lunch and dinner included)