Oregon Coast Scenic Steam to Salmonberry

Steam Freight Photographer Special

May 4, 2013

In the winter of 2007, severe storms damaged much of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad right of way between Banks and Wheeler, Oregon. The POTB pretty much abandoned the line, but the Oregon Coast Scenic Railway continued to run short excursion trains from Garibaldi to Rockaway, and on occasion beyond to Wheeler. Recently the crews of the OCSR undertook a major reclaiming of the tracks between Wheeler and Salmonberry, where unfortunately the line has been severed by the rebuild of a highway bridge which had been washed out during those 2007 storms. This would be the first steam freight excursion on the line between Wheeler and Salmonberry in many years. Another Martin Hansen production.

First light at the OCSR shops, including static "SP" 90

Early morning cold steam from the McCloud River 25, making up the train

First photo runby over a short trestle in a marshy estuary

Engine decoupled for servicing at the Wheeler station

We photographed 25 crossing the Nehalem River (it was safe)

Then went down into the tall grass for another runby at the Nehalem River bridge

Another runby, shot from the other side of the bridge

In the forest, beautiful day

We have arrived at Salmonberry, the end of the line today

An overview of Salmonberry where the Nehalem and Salmonberry Rivers join. End of track is obvious

An artsy shot on the Salmonberry bridge

Posed shot on the return trip

Just one more on this beautiful day.

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