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After a month-long delay in wake of novel coronavirus restrictions, a historic Washington train is taking to the tracks once again as passengers journey through the Chehalis River Valley alongside blowing steam and billowing train toots.

The Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum recently announced its season start date, inviting friends, families, and railroad aficionados to nab their reservations for a weekend excursion on Saturday, June 20 or Sunday, June 21.

The railroad operates No. 15, a 2-8-2 steam locomotive built by Baldwin in 1916, over a 10-mile section of former Milwaukee Road track. The route was originally built by the Puget Sound and Willapa Harbor Railway in 1914, and winds through scenic hills, farmland, and over several wooden trestles over the Chehalis River, along with various tributary streams including the Newaukum River.

In 1986, the railroad was eventually incorporated as a non-profit organization by Chehalis citizens inspired by a visit to Chehalis by the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad.

A ticket aboard the train this summer whisks passengers on a one- or two-hour journey through time as a safe break from 凯发k8地址home without traveling too far. The excursions through the Chehalis River Valley will feature coaches from the 1920s with both indoor and outdoor seating, departing from the depot located in Chehalis at 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St.

For the journeys in June, the railroad will feature special Father’s Day games, drawings and prizes. On each excursion, a prize will be awarded to the youngest and oldest dad, and the dad with the most kids.

Throughout the summer, trains will depart the Chehalis Depot at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. each Saturday, and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sundays. The popular Saturday evening dinner trains – the only ones in Washington – will be offered July 11 through August 29 at 5 p.m.

In compliance with Washington State Phase 2 and Phase 3 guidelines and restrictions, trains will be limited to 50-75% capacity and the social distancing requirement will be enforced to ensure safety for all those on board seeking a relaxing getaway. Extra measures will also be taken with crew health screenings, masks, and sanitizing facilities to minimize the risk of novel coronavirus.

Online reservations are required, with no walk-ups at this time.

For now, we’re readying our striped canvas railroad caps and denim button downs for a much-needed journey through Washington’s waving Emerald ferns and emerging wildlife munching on leafy greens.

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