GARIBALDI - The Oregon Coast Crawler takes passengers on a memorable 7.5 hour journey of exploration and beautiful Oregon scenery, all by vintage train powered by a historic steam locomotive. Originating in the small fishing village of Garibaldi, the train makes a leisurely rail trip along the dramatic northern Oregon coastline, affording panoramic views of Tillamook and Nehalem bays. Heading north, it passes through Rockaway Beach and stops at Wheeler for an early waterside lunch.
You might want to take a few free minutes to explore this interesting harbor town before reboarding the Oregon Coast Crawler. Continuing to Batterson, the train will travel along the scenic Nehalem River at the peak time to experience Oregon’s fall foliage. The last steam train to visit Batterson was years ago, and is a rare treat.
On the return trip to Garibaldi, there will be a stopover for a brief service break and free time in Rockaway to allow passengers to stretch their legs and possibly pick up some taffy or an ice cream cone, both locally made in Tillamook County.
The train is scheduled to be pulled by the McCloud River Railroad No. 25, which is an Alco 2-6-2 steam locomotive featured in the movie “Stand By Me.” There will also be an open air car for unparalleled views and enhanced enjoyment, in addition to the two indoor coaches and a baggage car.
All passengers will have a guaranteed indoor seat and the outdoor space will be shared throughout the day. A minimum of three photo run-bys have been scheduled and more will be added as time permits. A sandwich bar featuring fresh local ingredients and beverages will be provided in Wheeler by the Tsunami Grill.
Whether a rail fan, a photographer or simply someone who enjoys a relaxing day on the Oregon Coast, the Crawler is sure to please. As this trip is limited to fewer than 120 passengers, the company recommends making reservations early.
The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is located at 402 S. American Way. Call 503-292-5055 if you have any questions or to book by phone, or book online at www.railsnw.com/tours/charter/garibaldi_steam/garibaldi_steam.htm. The trip is Oct. 5 and costs $98 per person.