June 3, 2015
Elbe, Washington is the small town that’s big on trains!
Railroad staff and volunteers, business owners and local residents (all 29 of them) prepare to welcome record crowds at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum’s opening weekend. May 30 marks opening weekend, kicking off a season of weekly steam train excursions. This year is the 35th consecutive season in which steam engines nearly a century old are fired up to carry visitors through the forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier National Park.
“Elbe offers such a unique small town atmosphere,” said Meilee Anderson, Sales and Marketing Director for the railroad. “You just don’t see towns like this anymore. Elbe has the second smallest, second oldest church in the U.S. It’s also home to the Hobo Inn, a roadside motel offering lodging in converted cabooses, including a train car-turned-diner. There’s even a pizzeria serving from a train car, and of course our depot continues the theme. With Alder Lake nearby, and a host of trails, the area offers all kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities for families and visitors of all ages. Best of all, it’s all just a few miles from the entrance to the National Park. Elbe makes a great weekend getaway that’s definitely worth the drive. We look forward to welcoming guests for a sun and fun-filled opening weekend.”
About Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad (MRSR)
MRSR is a steam-powered heritage railroad operating in Washington State between the towns of Elbe and Mineral. MRSR is a non-profit organization and the longest continuously operating steam train railroad in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 45,000 passengers travel the forest and foothills south of Mt. Rainier annually in passenger cars pulled by restored locomotives. The majority of the excursions are operated and supported by dedicated volunteers. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales support continued preservation and restoration efforts.
MRSR welcomes visitors year round for self-guided museum tours. Scheduled 2 hour excursions include a museum visit and depart weekly May 30 through October 19 with special event trains throughout the year. To purchase tickets, donate to the museum or learn more visit: www.mrsr.com.