Where will the next Trains photo charter be?

Posted by Jim Wrinn
on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Our Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad photo charter is next week with legendary steam locomotive Skookum. Skookum is the 1909 Baldwin-built 2-4-4-2 that rolled over in the woods and was left for dead in 1955. It’s a locomotive that should definitely adopt Mark Twain’s quote about reports of its demise being great exaggerated as its own tag line. Skookum is back in steam, and about 85 Trains customers will get to enjoy its first public outing in a pair of sold out events. If you’re among those who bought a ticket, I’m looking forward to seeing you all next week!


And that leads us to news about our next photo charter. I like to think of Trains as a brand that is all about giving you great experiences, whether it’s reading about railroading in print or on the Web, viewing video from our extensive DVD catalog or online, and experiencing railroading in person in a way that only Trains can offer.


Incidentally, if you are new to photo charters, they are an excellent way to maximize your railroad photography. They’re limited in the number of participants. That gives you the photographers more control over the way you approach a subject. And they’re presented in order to give you the best locations and sun angles possible. Best of all, they’re a great way to meet others who enjoy railroading and railroad photography. The camaraderie is a big part of the fun.


We like to take you to venues where there’s some urgency: A special anniversary, a newly restored steam locomotive, an engine close to retirement. Last August we went to Cumbres & Toltec Scenic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last Rio Grande freights across Cumbres Pass. Next week, it’s off to celebrate the return of a steam legend, Skookum. Where will we go next? We’ll let you know soon. Keep checking back. And keep on steaming!





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