'Skookum' photo charter sold out; wait list started for second session

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Skookum, a rare 2-4-4-2 in Oregon, is days away from being fired up for the first time in 63 years.
Tim Thompson
GARIBALDI, Ore. — The Trains Magazine / Oregon Coast Scenic photo charter with rare 2-4-4-2 steam locomotive Skookum, featured in our October 2018 issue, is sold out, organizers said Thursday, but a waiting list has been opened for two additional days.

Skookum is days away from being fired up for the first time in 63 years in the final phase of a 15-year overhaul at the preservation railroad on the former Southern Pacific Tillamook Branch. The 1909 locomotive has an amazing story that starts with its rejection by a Tennessee logging railroad, its acceptance in the Pacific Northwest, and its tragic 1955 derailment that left it abandoned in the woods. Enthusiasts saved the locomotive and moved it to safety and eventual restoration. Pacific Northwest railroad historian Martin Hansen’s in-depth story about this unique locomotive is an 8-page feature in the current issue of Trains.

Dates for the second photo charter are March 14 and 15 prior to the annual Winterail multi-media show in Corvallis, Ore. A special guest locomotive, Polson 2-8-2 No. 2, is expected to operate as well. Both locomotives will be featured on log and mixed trains. A night photo session will be part of the event, as well. The $895 per person fare covers two days of operations, two trains with two steam locomotives, and box lunches each day.

Following the Trains Magazine event, the engine will be relocated to California.

Tickets are available only by phone at 503-842-7972.

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