Trains to sponsor 'Skookum' photo charter in Oregon

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Rare 2-4-4-2 Skookum will operate for 42 lucky customers next March.
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GARIBALDI, Ore. — A rare 2-4-4-2 steam locomotive called Skookum will headline a special photographer’s train on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad next March, and tickets are now on sale for 42 lucky customers, sponsor Trains Magazine announced Thursday.

Skookum is in the final phase of a 15-year overhaul at the 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 derailment that left it abandoned in the woods. Enthusiasts saved the locomotive and over more than 60 years moved it to safety and eventual restoration. Completion is set for this summer, and following the Trains event, the engine will be relocated to California.

The photographer’s train will be March 17 and 18, which are the two days following 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.

“Skookum’s stint in Oregon will be brief, but we want to celebrate its return to steam and its Pacific Northwest logging railroad heritage before it goes,” said Trains Magazine Editor Jim Wrinn. “We think this will be a magnificent event for the steam enthusiast, the railroad photographer, and anyone who appreciates these fine old machines.”

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

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