Photos from the Chehalis-Centralia Excursion

Chehalis, Washington

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

On June 7, 2006, SARM chartered a train on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad with plans to make a number of photo stops along the line. Using former Cowlitz, Chehalis & Cascade Railroad #15, a 1916 Baldwin-built 2-8-2, the trip operated from Chehalis to Ruth with 6 runbys at 5 locations. Approximately 85 riders enjoyed the afternoon of sun and trains. For more information on the trip and railroad, see the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad website at and Chris Guenzler's report at Video of all three SARM 2006 Pacific Northwest trips is available from Joe Harper at in VHS or DVD format for $20.

We started the photo activity with a runby on the bridge over the Newaukum River.

The "Gator Pond" at milepost 5 was the site of a double runby.

The skies cleared just as we got in place for the runby.

The Scotch Broom Bush was still blooming at the old quarry west of Milburn, adding a bit of color to the scene.

While #15 operated east of Chehalis during its regular operating days, it looked good this day heading west into the afternoon sun.

The long timber trestle over the South Fork of the Chehalis River allowed for a number of excellent photo opportunities.

#15 and train pose at the west end of the trestle.

A train earlier in the day provided an opportunity for a different view of #15 on the trestle.

All photos this page by Barton Jennings.

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