Photos from the Tacoma Rail Excursion

Morton to Tacoma, Washington

Thursday, June 8, 2006

For most riders, the Thursday, June 8, 2006, trip was the highlight of the week. 135 riders from more than 20 states, Canada, and England came to Tacoma for the trip, considered to be the first public trip from Morton to Tacoma since World War II. After a bus ride from Tacoma to Morton, the day started with a runby in spite of a steady rain. More information on the railroads can be found on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad website at, the Tacoma Rail 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.

Our train was pulled by Heisler #91, ex-Condon, Kinzua & Southern Railroad #102. A mechanical problem with our planned steamer caused the last-minute change. The Heisler is owned and operated by the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. MRSR and Tacoma Rail supplied the coaches.

The cool, wet weather made for an impressive runby at Morton as the heisler passed the Tubafor sawmill.

"We got our money's worth!" was one quote heard as #91 steamed by the photo line at Morton.

We ran another runby after a short service stop at the Tilton River bridge at MP 58.8.

A stop at Elbe allowed for some more photos, train servicing, and a chance for riders to stretch their legs.

Tacoma Rail provided SD45 #3001 to lead us down the hill into Tacoma. A bit of early evening sun greeted our arrival.

All photos this page by Barton Jennings.

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