The 15 runs around the train at Ruth as it prepares for a return to Chehalis.
There are a variety of interesting and ambitious projects underway at the Northwest Railway Museum, but there are many great noteworthy happenings at other area museums too. The Northwest Railway Museum is delighted to share a shout out for the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum, located about two hours drive from Snoqualmie. They have just marked a milestone event and Spike is honored to have been invited.
On Saturday, September 17, 2016 the Chehalis-Centralia group celebrated the 100th anniversary of their star attraction, steam locomotive 15. The 15 is the Cowlitz, Chehalis and Cascade No. 15, a Baldwin-built 2-8-2 “Mikado” type steam locomotive. Surviving 100 years for any railroad artifact is an achievement in its own right, but keeping it running is an even greater achievement. Just this year the 15 returned to service after some major repairs and already has delighted thousands of visitors. The group will operate the 15 on Saturdays through the end of September, at Halloween and again before Christmas. Congratulations to the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum!