Canyon Creek Magazine2017-07-07T13:52:24-07:00

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Pete Vassler’s

Canyon Creek Timber Railway

It’s a November day, just after Thanksgiving, and we see the Canyon Creek Scenic run led by Shay #8 with its long train filled with rail fans and cameras to capture some nice shots of the autumn scenery that southwestern Washington’s Skamania County has to offer. It has been raining, hard at times, but has let up a little so the riders in the open cars just may remain dry. The accommodating crew backs the entire train over the Noah & Peterson old log pond trestle so that a fan on shore can take a great bit if video. We can only hope that those two canoers who got a little crazy and capsized their vessel were rescued by one of the witnesses paddling nearby.

Old High Hood #77 returns to the yard from doing some switching up at Camp Umpteen, as Canyon Creek’s workhorse SP&S #50 runs loads of lumber, chips and a couple of empties to the interchange track.

Canyon Creek Timber Co operations showing a typical lash-up of Shay locomotives #2 and 9 with mandatory water car heading up to Log Camp #3 for a load of logs to be taken down the mountain to the mill…only 14 skeleton car loads today.

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