June 11, 2023
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Help Celebrate Coos Train Day
Enjoy a free hotdog, chips, refreshments and cookies as the Oregon Coast Historical Railway celebrates Coos County Train Day at their museum and display area in Coos Bay from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 17. The display area is located at 766 S. First St., (US 101 North) in Coos Bay.
Special activities include a visit by the operators of the colorful railroad maintenance cars called speeders. They’re scheduled to stop by between 1 and 2 p.m. Other highlights include metal forging demonstrations throughout the day by blacksmith Ethan Benoit, who will also discuss the museum’s vintage anvils, forges and other tools used in the logging and railroading.
This year is significant in local railroad history as it marks the 100th anniversary of steam locomotive No. 104 being put into service by the Coos Bay Lumber Co., following its fabrication at the Baldwin Locomotive Co. in Philadelphia, PA., and subsequent shipment west. It served for 40 years, bring thousands of logs down from local forestlands.
Following several ownership changes, the locomotive was donated by its final owner, Georgia-Pacific, to the Coos-Curry Historical Society in the early 1960s, and later turned over to the railroad museum, where it’s the flagship of their popular display area. Call (541_294-1112 for details