Enjoy wonderful autumnal views on Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum’s Pumpkin Train. The sparkling Chehalis River follows the tracks, allowing for great views of the water and surrounding scenery. So climb aboard and marvel at the trees, alive with color, and picturesque farmland, which is so beautiful this time of year.

Costumes are encouraged on the Pumpkin Train. Photo courtesy: Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum.

As one of the last steam-powered passenger railroads in the state, the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum is enjoyable for everyone, both young and old. The steam train’s sights and sounds will be remembered for years to come.

And there’s no better time to ride. The harvest season may be the most spectacular time of year to enjoy the beauty of western Lewis County. “It was really beautiful,” says recent first-time rider Kris Sloan. “The leaves are turning, the fields are green and there are apples everywhere. It was amazing how many apple trees line the rails.”

Sit back and relax while taking in the lovely autumn scenery on this nine-mile track. The Steam Train crosses over several wooden trestles and historic farms dot the tree-lined landscape. It’s easy to imagine you’ve just stepped back in time. As you go, the vintage 1916 logging locomotive pierces the air with a beautiful whistle that echoes through the valley. It truly is a multi-sensory experience.

The Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum is home to several pieces of railroad history. Stop in next door and visit the Veteran’s Museum for more historical information. Photo credit: Kris Sloan.

With both enclosed and open cars for The Pumpkin Train Ride, this is a perfect fall fun activity, no matter the weather. The event will take place on October 27 and 28. Seating is limited to the first 225 passengers, so reserve your spot online soon. Tickets are just $10 and children under two are free. All trains have limited wheelchair accessibility.

The Pumpkin Train is a special holiday treat, or you can begin a new annual tradition. Kids love hunting for the perfect pumpkin to carve a spooky face in. And who doesn’t love getting some yummy treats?

Costumes are encouraged, making it the perfect photo-op for little ones in the fall scenery. Participate in the costume contest for children. This is a fun way to show off your costume before Halloween trick-or-treating. There are three age groups: four and under, five to twelve, and thirteen and older.

Farms are part of the landscape as the Pumpkin Train meanders by the Chehalis River. Photo credit: Kris Sloan.

Children won’t soon forget the fun of riding The Pumpkin Train. Bring the grandparents and enjoy family fun for everyone. “The Pumpkin Train is one of my favorite experiences for the fall season,” says KM. “Make sure to bring your camera because there are many great photo opportunities. Picking a pumpkin out at the end is an added bonus. This is a must do for any family with young children.”

Make a day of it and visit a local pumpkin patch. Or, for a thrill, visit The Dead Ending Haunted House. The chilly weather calls for a stop at Shakespeare and Company for a warm cup of coffee or tea in their cozy historic mansion filled with books. And a Fall Bazaar and Baked Potato Lunch at The Adna Grange is a fantastic way to jump-start holiday shopping with plenty of vendors selling handmade and other perfect gift items. Their yummy baked potato lunch is only $7.

The locomotive is over a century old, a Baldwin that hauled logs for the Cowlitz, Chehalis and Cascade Railway beginning in 1928. Photo credit: Kris Sloan.

The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum offers a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to the Pumpkin Train, climb aboard for family-oriented holiday events, like the Santa Steam Train or Polar Express. In the spring, enjoy Easter Trains or Mother’s Day Brunch. Dinner and Brunch Trains and Murder Mystery Dinners are fun-filled and include delicious meals. The train runs Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Savor fall’s perfect backdrop, complete with brilliant pockets of color, on a vintage steam train ride. Autumn’s gold and crimson hues are best enjoyed aboard the Pumpkin Train. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity for a heritage railroad experience that the whole family will be talking about for years to come.

The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum
1101 Southwest Sylvenus Street

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