Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum Damage Update

SteamDonkey74 Dec 13, 2007

  1. SteamDonkey74

    SteamDonkey74 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I just got this from the guy who's been authorized to report the media the extent of damages on the CCR&M.

    It looks bad, but they say they should be able to bring it back.

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    Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum Endures Flooding, Assesses Damages

    CHEHALIS, Wa., Dec 13 / -- The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum
    has endured severe flooding that struck the Pacific Northwest over the
    first weekend of December. Much of the Lewis County region was
    flooded, including the rail line that the railroad operates on, as
    well as the railroad's museum complex. CCR&M management are still
    taking stock of the damages as the water recedes.

    As the waters receded over the last week, CCR&M members have conducted
    a preliminary inspection of the museum and the Port of Chehalis rail
    line over which the railroad operates excursion trains. Some of the
    damage observed includes:

    Multiple track washouts. Many sections of track have shifted off their
    ballast roadbed. In some cases, the roadbed has washed away entirely,
    and stretches of track are hanging in the air.

    Missing & dislodged materials. Due to the washouts, the railroad has
    lost a small number of ties. Crossbucks and other signs appear to be
    uprooted and possibly missing in some locations. On the museum
    grounds, a few smaller pieces of the depot deck are missing. Smaller
    materials, tools, and supplies may be dislodged or missing due to
    floating away in the flood waters.

    Debris. Some stretches of track are buried under debris, such as
    fallen trees, branches, and earth.

    Bridges. The railroad is still planning a comprehensive inspection of
    the line's bridges. The two largest bridges -- one over the Newaukum
    River and the other over the West Fork Chehalis River -- are still
    standing and initially appear intact. Further detail on bridges may be
    available at a later date.

    Fortunately, the CCR&M's collection of railroad equipment was not
    seriously damaged. The Cowlitz, Chehalis & Cascade No. 15 -- a Baldwin
    "Mikado" type steam locomotive built in 1916 -- was unaffected by the
    flood, as the carbarn in which it is stored saw barely twelve inches
    of water at the back (deep) end.

    The CCR&M is committed to repairing the line. At this point in time,
    the railroad is operating under the assumption that the line will be
    returned to service in time to operate its normal summer schedule of
    excursions in 2008. Railroad management is working actively with
    officials from the Port of Chehalis to inventory damages and to assess
    repair strategies for the line.


    About the Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum

    The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum is a railroad museum and
    heritage railway founded in 1986. Located in the city of Chehalis,
    Washington, the Museum focuses on preserving the railroad heritage of
    Lewis County and the surrounding Southwest Washington region. The most
    famous holding of the Museum's collection the Chehalis, Cowlitz &
    Cascade No. 15, a Baldwin "Mikado" type steam locomotive built in 1916.

    In addition to preservation, the Museum operates passenger excursions
    and dinner trains over nearly ten miles of track belonging to the Port
    of Chehalis. This historic line is a remnant of the former Milwaukee
    Road branch line to South Bend and the Pacific Coast, and winds
    through scenic hills, farmland, and over several wooden trestles.


    Photos:

    IMG: http://www.steamtrainride.com/photos/poc/poc.2000.web.jpg
    Caption: Many sections of the Port of Chehalis rail line, over which
    the CCR&M operates regular summer excursion trains, have shifted due
    to flood waters.
    Location: Near Highway 603, outside of Chehalis, Washington.
    Photo: Port of Chehalis. A higher resolution photo is available to
    media upon request.

    IMG: http://www.steamtrainride.com/photos/poc/poc.2034.web.jpg
    Caption: Ray Beaber, locomotive engineer on the CCR&M, inspects flood
    damage on the Port of Chehalis rail line.
    Location: Near Twin Oaks Road, west of Chehalis, Washington.
    Photo: Port of Chehalis. A higher resolution photo is available to
    media upon request.

    IMG:http://www.steamtrainride.com/photos/poc/poc.2074.web.jpg
    Caption: This track wash out is typical of the damage to the Port of
    Chehalis rail line, over which the CCR&M operates regular summer
    excursion trains.
    Location: Near Twin Oaks Road, east of Adna, Washington.
    Photo: Port of Chehalis. A higher resolution photo is available to
    media upon request.


    Contact:
    General inquiries to Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum: (360) 748-9593
    Media inquiries to Alexander Craghead, CCR&M: (503) 347-4059 /
    alexander.craghead@gmail.com
     
  2. fitz

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    Adam, that trackwork is going to take some time to correct. I guess, as usual, the reports of No. 15 being flooded up to the boiler were greatly exaggerated.
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  3. SteamDonkey74

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    I can see that it will take time. The announcement says they intend to be ready for their regular summer '08 season. That seems really ambitious, but maybe they know something I don't know.

    If one had just shown me the pictures I would have chalked it up to railroad lines lost this year in the Pacific Northwest.

    Adam
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Sorry to see that damage. Good thing their equipment is OK. I didn't see specific mention of the depot itself. So am hoping it was high and dry?

    While those types of repairs, as pictured, can usually be quickly done. As soon as things dry out. It's mostly a matter of money... :(

    Boxcab E50
     
  5. Stourbridge Lion

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    :tb-sad: :tb-sad: :tb-sad: :tb-sad:
     

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