Skookum Lives: Trains Oregon Coast Scenic photo charter, day 2

Posted by Jim Wrinn
on Friday, March 15, 2019


GARIBALDI, Ore. – Day two of our Trains magazine photo charter at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad defied a lot of odds. In the rainy Pacific Northwest we had sun. And for the long awaited return of Skookum, the engine made its longest trip to date:

Skookum, which Oregon Coast Scenic restored to operation after what should best be described as a near death experienced for the locomotive in 1955, had a journal bearing issue Thursday. Another tender bearing gave the crews fits for a few minutes Friday morning.  But field repairs got the engine back into operation in order to complete the 40 mile round trip.

Skip Licter’s Polson Logging 2-8-2 No. 2 pulled our mixed train. Here are some photos for you to enjoy. Tomorrow we will visit the annual Winterail event in Corvalis, Ore. And Sunday and Monday, we’re back to OCS for round 2 of Skookum’s Last Dance in Oregon.


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