It’s scenic. It’s historical. It’s a great experience for train fanatics and anyone who appreciates a beautiful ride through the foothills. Board the Mt. Rainier Railroad in Elbe and take an 18-mile ride on a vintage logging locomotive into the countryside near the mountain. Not to be confused with a luxurious rail line, this train offers a friendly and fun atmosphere, with plenty of room for children in the group to walk around and see the sights. The train is complete with a snack bar and several bathrooms. Kind conductors give a brief history lesson of the area. And on a clear day, the view of the great mountain as the train crosses the Nisqually River is breathtaking. All aboard!
The train carries guests through the forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier to a logging museum. At the museum, passengers have time to explore the House of Gears, Rod House, and a series of logging bunkhouses. Discover the world’s most comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives, and the stories of the men and women that called these bunkhouses home as they lived and worked in the early days of the Pacific Northwest.
(Update June 13, 2018: passenger service temporarily suspended until August 3, 2018)
ADDRESS: 54124 Mountain Highway East, Elbe, WA 98330
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