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Restoring a local icon to her former glory.

Help us to save the Polson #90 and her train.

The Story

In 1964 the Lions Club of Garibaldi saved a steam locomotive that had recently finished a nearly four-decade career for a logging outfit in Hoquiam, WA. She was a prime example of late era steam, pushed out by the growth of diesel power. After her arrival in Garibaldi she was joined on display by a passenger car and caboose from other railroads. Over time she became a local icon: a playground for generations of children, and an attraction for tourists.

Six decades of weather and salt air, however, took their toll upon the equipment and they gradually fell into disrepair. Without the specialist ability to restore the train the Lions Club was forced to put the train up for sale on safety grounds. It was at that point, in May 2019, that we at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad stepped in to save the Polson #90, her train and a nearby telegraph office, casting a vision to keep this train in Tillamook county and see all the equipment restored to full operation.

The Vision

For us at OCSR there is nothing quite as beautiful as seeing an old steam locomotive rounding the corner in the forest: her whistle blowing, her smoke stack rising into the trees as her engineer leans out to see what is up ahead.  It is our vision to see the Polson #90 and her train running again.  The train that Tillamook county once came to see, will move her wheels and go to see the county she has called home for so long.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Founded in 2003 by Scott and Kim Wickert, OCSR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit museum and railroad dedicated to education people about and preserving the logging railroad history of the Pacific Northwest.  The OCSR tracks run for 46 miles between Tillamook, on the Oregon coast, and Enright up in the Coastal Range of Oregon, on what was once the Tillamook branch of the Southern Pacific, and then later the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad.  In the summer months OCSR runs daily steam train rides between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach, whilst special events operate at other times of the year.

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