Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad begins its journey from the tiny crossroad village of Elbe, WA which was once a thriving lumbering town. The trains newly built Depot and Gift Shop stand on the site of the original Tacoma Eastern Depot, built when the railroad arrived in April 1904.
Just a few miles south from Elbe, you will discover Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad's maintenance and restoration facility along pristine Mineral Lake It is home to one the most unique collection of logging locomotives in the world.
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad owns four examples of geared locomotives from each of the four major builders of this type and three examples of rod-type. Visitors have the opportunity to ride through the foothills of Mt. Rainier behind authentic historic steam locomotives. There are eight special excursion events each year and at least one rail fan event.
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad has been a labor of love for more than 27 years. Volunteers work tirelessly to restore the beautiful relics of the steam age so that our passengers have the opportunity to experience 'History in Motion'
We look forward to a visit from you soon!
It's always amazed me the impact that one person can have. Tom Murray is the reason this railway is even running today. He had a passion to help preserve the rich roots of the logging railroads of the Pacific Northwest. And thanks to him, hundreds of thousands of people have been able to enjoy the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway. The one thing that stood out the most while I was producing the segment on them, was the passion of their volunteers. They are the heartbeat and the backbone of this railway. They work in every aspect on this railroad from rebuilding the engines and cars to working on the trains as engineers and conductors. So it is most likely - when you ride this train - you will meet some of the great people that run the train. From a scenery standpoint, the name of the railroad speaks for itself. As you'll see in the clip above, there are several times during this trip that you get to see the majestic Mt. Rainier in all its glory. The trip also takes you over some historic wooden trestles, through the beautiful mountains and open fields of this region of the state.
At any given time, when you visit this location, you will be able to ride behind on of their historic steam logging locomotives. What makes this location so unique, is that they have every kind of logging locomotive ever built. This, by far, is a must-do experience if you are ever in the region.
I highly recommend that if you are anywhere even close to this location, you come up and ride on one of their historic steam engines.
Robert Van Camp
Creator and Producer
Great Scenic Railway Journeys