As it turned out, former Great Northern F unit 274, once owned by Doyle McCormack, was the power of the day. Engineer Dennis, identifying the two of us as steam fans, took pity on us. He offered a cab ride on the return trip from Rockaway Beach, which we accepted. Our power and train at Rockaway, a logo on one of the cars to remind us where we were, and engineer Dennis running the 274.
A view from the "fireman's" side of 274 as we returned to Garibaldi. And just to let everyone know that the Oregon Coast Scenic is dedicated to steam, here are a couple of photos showing the rare 2-4-4-2 "Skookum" in process of restoration and Heisler 2 which has to have her 1472 hour inspection to run again. We have also just learned that the Polson Logging Company 2-8-2 number 2 will be arriving at the OCSR this September, all ready to run. This is a great place.