The locomotive was hot, though the weather was not. Even so, scores and scores came to experience steam at the Northwest Railway Museum for the final scheduled trains of 2014. Some guests got their tickets in advance on the Museum's web site, while others bought their tickets just prior to departure. In all, more than 1,000 people rode the steam train, a wonderful way to end scheduled operations for 2014.
The annual Halloween trains operated on October 25 and 26. Many guests were dressed in Halloween costumes, and cider press demonstrations were presented on the Snoqualmie Depot platform. Five-car trains operated on Saturday, while four-car trains operated on Sunday, and the event presented an opportunity for the newly-rehabilitated coach 218 to get a really thorough shakedown.
Santa Cruz Portland Cement 2 pulled trains both days. Crews ably handled the locomotive despite occasional heavy rain, leaves on the rails, and sanders that struggled with the humid conditions. Meanwhile, Curator of Collections Stathi Pappas kept a close watch on bearings for overheating using an infrared thermometer.
The next opportunity for a steam experience is during Santa Train 2014 in December. On Friday, December 19 only, Santa Trains will be pulled by SCPC 2. So come and enjoy another "new" steam experience at the Northwest Railway Museum! Tickets are available in advance here, but don't delay because Santa Train usually sells out in advance.