Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA
The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad has five operating steam locomotives. Included are two 2-8-2s and three geared logging locomotives: a Shay, a Heisler, and a Climax. Normally Mt Rainer's trains are powered by either an ALCO-built 2-8-2T (#17) or a Porter-built 2-8-2 ( #5). However, the geared locomotives are operated for special events, charters, and on some of the regular trains.
The excursion trains operate from Elbe to Mineral Lake on a one and one half hour, 14 mile round trip. There is a 15-minute stop at Mineral Lake during the trip. Passenger may also stay over at the lake and return to Elbe on a later train if desired. There are picnic tables provided at Mineral Lake for train passengers. See the official Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad web site for further details.
|Mt. Rainier Scenic 2-8-2 Roster|
|Qty.||Road Numbers||Year Built||Builder||Notes|
|1||5||1924||H. K. Porter||1|
- Ex Carlton & Coast Railroad #55, later was Port of Grays Harbor #5.
Retired in and put on display at the Schafer Game Farm.
Restored by Mt. Rainier Scenic in Elba, WA in 1983.
- Ex Crossett Western Company #11, later was Hammond Lumber
Company #17. Stranded in the woods after a 1945 forest fire.
Rescued in 1965 for use on a California tourist railroad, the engine
was moved to Elbe in 1981 and was restored to operable condition
- Not operational. Ex Polson Logging Co. Rayonier Inc bought it in 1945.
Continues in operation until 1962. Bought by Maynard Laing and operated
on a tourist railroad in Washington State. Arrived in Elbe in 1994 and is
waiting to be restored.