Last Update:  July 27, 2005
This new section will showcase all of my cab ride photos and videos in both diesel, electric and steam locomotives &
trolleys.    To the surprise of some, many railroads, including excursion railroad do offer cab rides.  Sometime for a
nominal additional fare, sometimes just for asking.   Most freight railroads tend to shy away from giving cab rides to non
railroad employees for liability reasons, but there are exceptions.   The bottom line is, it never hurts to ask.  

Check out our photos and video below.
Located near Chehalis, Washington, the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad is a 9 mile long excursion line operated by a small non-profit group on
City of Chehalis owned ex-Wearhauser railroad tracks.   The group operates a single Baldwin 2-8-2 steam engine several times a day on
the summer weekends.  This little group is very friendly to railfans and the just curious alike.  Cab rides are offered, generally for a
reasonable increase in the normal ticket fare.   The spacious cab can seat up to 5 comfortably including the engineer and fireman, but has
been known to carry more.   The ride, like any cab ride is exhilarating and breathtaking.  The view is great going both forward and
reverse because you are able to sit directly behind either the fireman or engineer.   And Harold the engineer is always friendly and his
sense of humor and vigor make the trip more than worth it.  We rode this train on July 17, 2004.
Check out my main page on the Chelahis-Centralia Railroad for many more pics and information.
Check out my
video of this cab ride on my Railroad Videos Page
Visit the Chehalis Centralia Homepage for current fares and schedule
Located near Garibaldi, Oregon, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad comprises an organization which operates a beautiful 1910 Hiesler
Steam locomotive on the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad several times a day during the summer weekends.  The ride is approximately 4 to
5 miles each way for now, but the scenery is unbeatable as the tracks are located right next to Tillamook Bay and the close the ocean.  
Cab rides are offered for a nominal additional fee over the regular fare.   Seating is limited to 4, including the engineer and fireman so
under most circumstances, no more than two may ride at any one time.  The cab of this locomotive is unique in that it is fully enclosed.  
The view is somewhat limited for the riders, especially going in reverse, and the cab can get really hot during warm weather, but for
anyone interested in geared engines or steam locomotives in general, the experience is unbeatable and once in a lifetime.  The number 2 is
normally operated by engineer/owner Scott Wickert and fired by Aaron Zorko.  That was the case on our trip, when we rode
it in June, 2005.
Check out my main page on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad for many more pics and information
Check out my
video of this cab ride on my Railroad Videos Page
Visit the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Homepage for current fares and schedule.
Located near Hood River, Oregon, the Mt. Hood Railroad is a privately owned excursion/freight railroad.  One of the last privately owned
railroads in Oregon, it was once a flourishing freight line.  But mill closures have caused the line to rely almost exclusively on passenger
service and today they offer a dinner train ride as well as a regular excursion up the entire length of their 22 mile long railroad and back.
The trip is unique for a number of reasons.   First of all, the train backs up the first several miles and takes a very steep switchback to get
up and over the hill south of Hood River.  The view is constantly changing.  Everything from rolling hills to mountains, to streams to
passing through small rural communities.   Much of the line is steep going both up and down.  Although not necessarily noticeable as a
passenger, you certainly notice it when riding in the cab as the engineer is quite busy going back and forth between brakes and throttle.
Also, at well over an hour and a half each way, plus a 1 hour layover, the train ride is fairly significant in length.The railroad is powered
by a trio of GP38s, but only one is used for each train.  Cab rides are on a first come first serve basis at the courtesy of the engineer.  No
extra fees are charged, other than the regular fare.  Ask nicely, and you might get lucky, like we did.  There are only three seats in the cab
and the conductor and engineer occupy two of them.  However, if you don't mind standing, they generally allow several people to ride.  
But remember, it's a long ride, so you could be standing for a while.   Because the nose of the locomotive is pointing towards the train on
the ride from Hood River to Parkdale, the view is extremely limited for passengers in the locomotive.  For this reason, I highly
recommend riding the train up and getting the full experience from the passenger cars, and caboose, then riding the locomotive back
down to Hood River, where the locomotive cab views are excellent and the nose is pointed in the right direction.  We rode this train in
April, 2005
Check out my main page on the Mount Hood Railroad for many more pics and information
Check out my
video of this cab ride on my Railroad Videos Page
Visit the Mount Hood Railroad Homepage for current fares and schedule.
The Astoria Riverfront Trolley is a volunteer organization that operates a historic 1913 electric trolley on ex-SP&S railroad tracks that run
along the river frontage of Astoria, Oregon.  The tracks and operation are now owned by the City of Astoria.  Number 300 was built in
1913 by the American Car Company and used in by the San Antonio Traction Company of Texas until being first retired in the early
1930s.  In 1980, the first extensive restoration was begun.  By the early 1990s, the trolley was brought to Oregon and ran on the Lake
Oswego to Portland Trolley line, before being brought to Astoria in the late 1990s.  By 1999, the 2nd extensive restoration was completed
and the new queen of the Astoria Riverfront Trolley was ready for service.   The trolley was originally designed to operate off of
overhead wires, but because no such wires existed in Astoria, a unique diesel generator trailer was fabricated to make this a self powered
trolley.   The tracks that the trolley operate on are extensively trestles built on the Astoria Riverfront in the late 1800s.  Last used by the
Burlington Northern in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they are now service the people and tourists who visit this famous Oregon coast
town during the summer months.   
Check out my main page on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley for many more pics and information
Check out my
video of this cab ride on my Railroad Videos Page
Visit the Astoria Riverfront Trolley official homepage for current fares and schedule.
The Portland and Western is one of the largest shortline operators in Oregon.  Taking over much of the Willamette Valley branch line
operations of the Southern Pacific in the early 1990s, the railroad has expanded to take over several ex-BNSF lines as well.  One of the
major branch lines that the P&W operates is the ex-Southern Pacific Toledo branch that almost exclusively services the huge
Georgia-Pacific mill in town.   In July, 2004 I was in Toledo, Oregon visiting the steam locomotive on display in a local park when the
P&W Toledo Switcher pulled up and stopped.  The engineer, Aaron Francis, has stopped to ask for some parts from a local crew.  
Figuring I would be flatly turned down, I asked the engineer if I could hop aboard and take a few photos of the cab.  He was very
friendly and invited me inside.  This would be my very first experience at viewing the inside of a diesel locomotive cab.  To my surprise,
he offered me a quick ride down the tracks, where he had to park the locomotive.  I gladly accepted.  Although, short, it my first cab ride
and I'll never forget it.   The P&W is exclusively a freight railroad, save for the temporary Lewis & Clark excursion run, and as such you
would think they would refuse any cab rides for liability reasons.  But the P&W is also a very community oriented railroad and friendly to
railfans.  So, cab rides are permitted on a limited basis.   Its best if you happen to know someone who works for the railroad.  As I don't,
this event was my only experience riding with the P&W.  But you can bet I'll ask if the situation ever comes up again.
Check out my main page on the Portland & Western Railroad for many more pics and information
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