Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad - A Life Chasing Trains

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is the west end of the former Southern Pacific Tillamook Branch.  The branch was challenging with three percent grades in both directions to get over the coastal mountains.  But there was plenty of lumber traffic and three engine trains fought their way up and over.  But over the years the traffic dwindled and maintenance expenses in the mountains were high, so by the 1980's the SP wanted out.  The Port of Tillamook Bay, a public agency, acquired the line from SP in 1990, but subsequent storm damage in the mountains severed the line as a through route in 2007. The OCSR leases a portion of the remaining line for tourist and dinner train operations out of Garibaldi.  They have run as far as Salmonberry in the past, but current operations are mostly between Garibaldi and Wheeler.  I have visited the OCSR twice, once in May 2018 and again in October 2018.   Two steam engines were used, the former McCloud River 25 now owned by the OCSR, and the privately owned former Polson Logging Company 2 that calls the OCSR home.  The privately owned 2-4-4-2 "Skookum" is currently in the shops at Garibaldi being rebuilt, but will eventually be moved elsewhere.