Garibaldi Things to Do
At one point in time, the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad was one of the most active in Oregon when it came to tourist passenger service, with several excursion operations operating along its nearly 100 mile length from Hillsboro to Tillamook. Some of these trips were special events that operated through the Tillamook State Forest in places you could not get to easily by any other means.
However, those days are gone. In 2007 a huge portion of the railroad washed out along the Salmonberry and Nehalem rivers, and the cost of repair was judged to be too high. Passenger and freight equipment can no longer pass back and forth between the section of railroad in Tillamook and the rest of the country. What equipment is now on the Tillamook to Nehalem section of railroad will stay there until it wears out completely beyond any means of repair.
Therefore, only a single tourist railroad operator remains active on the entire railroad. That operator is headquartered in Garibaldi, and it is called the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, operating over what was once the Port of Tillamook Bay railroad's track.
The typical train trip is from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach, which is one hour one way. Tickets may be purchased on line, and trips may originate from either end of the route, so long as if you expect a round trip then you need to make sure that there is a train available going back. Certain special trips operate over other sections of the railroad.
The operating schedule is on the web site, and there are special events trains that do not necessarily operate according to the standard timetable.
Some of the typical coaches are little more than freight cars with benches added, but there are other cars that have various other types of seats available, and are used on some of the special events trains where a higher ticket price is charged. For example, some trips are dining trains and use cars with tables in them, and a meal is served. It all depends on the specific trip that is planned.
Motive Power may be steam or diesel, depending on the type of trip and if there is any advantage to operating the steam locomotive or not. The cow locomotive seen in photos 1 and 2 was once a popular piece of the scenery on the Port of Tillamook Bay, and is because of the famous dairy that operates in Tillamook. The steam locomotive is not especially large.
As there is no turning facility on the railroad any more, the locomotives must be operated in reverse going one direction.Related to:
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Garibaldi Off The Beaten Path
On the south side (bay side) of Garibaldi, just before the sign that announced your entrance to the community, you will find a viewpoint that overlooks Tillamook Bay and has a historical marker noting Captain Robert Gray's entry and swift exit from the Bay in 1788.
Other than the nice wide parking area, the view of the Bay, and two picnic tables, there isn't that much here. You can do better in terms of views from other locations, especially when you consider the horrific traffic noise from highway 101 on its busy days (tourist season). However, it is one of the many attractive places to stop along Highway 101.Related to:
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