Washington State Steam Railroads and Locomotives
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
Located in the town of Elbe, the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad is the crown jewel of steam in Washington State. They have five operating steam locomotives (depending on timing of annual inspections and so forth), ample track running through the woods and across impressive bridges, and it is a great ride!
Please note that this operation suffered the loss of a major bridge during the November 2006 winter storms so operations are based out of Mineral until further notice but the run is still well worth the drive and ticket price.
For information call: 360-569-2588 or 888-STEAM11. You can also write them at:
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
P.O. Box 921
Elbe, WA 98330
or visit their web page at: Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad.
As well as the steam locomotives, the Mount Rainier also has some classic diesels including a Northern Pacific EMD F9A, a couple of Alco S-1\'s, and a couple of Alco RSD-1\'s. A new train station was constructed at Elbe and completed in 2006. It also houses a gift shop and restrooms.
The images in this album concentrate on the operating collection at the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. The MRSRR\'s shops are located at Mineral, but are closed to the public except on railfan days.
Most of the album images were taken at the 1995 \"Geared Triple Header\" (April) and \"Mike Double Header\" (October).
1998 and 1999 Railfan Days Photos. The 1998 Annual Railfan Days trips featured a steam quintuple header (five steam locomotives)!
Photos from the 1999 Tacoma Railfan Days trips held on May 1st and 2nd. 1999\'s Railfan Days were held on May 1st and 2nd in Tacoma WA instead of Elbe. On Saturday, #5 and #17 double headed an all day excursion from Tacoma to Skookumchuck, which is northeast of Centralia. On the 2nd, #5 and #17 teamed up again for a half day excursion to Fredrickson which is south of Tacoma. #15 from the Chehalis-Centralia was kept busy on both days running shuttle trips from Freighthouse Square to Fife. F9A #7012A was on hand as a pusher to help #5 and #17 up the 4% grade of Tacoma Hill.
Photos from the 1999 Freight House Square Santa Train trips that were run on November, 26, 27 and 28th. On November 26, 27 and 28th, the Mt. Rainier Scenic ran Santa Trains, which were sponsored by Freight House Square. FHS is a small shopping mall just west of the Tacoma Dome. The trains would pick up their passengers, and back down over a long trestle to near the Puyallup River bridge, then they\'d storm back past FHS, and up Tacoma hill until #5 stalled under the load. It was awsome to stand beside the tracks when #5 passed!
Photos from the June 30, 2001 Elbe Railfan Days event. This year\'s railfan days event featured the return to steam of two locomotives. Scott Wickert\'s 2-truck Heisler, Curtis Lumber Company #2 (a.k.a Vancouver Plywood #2) and the Mason County Logging 2-6-2T #7 (a.k.a. the Port of Olympia #2).