Take Momma on the train

first_imgAll aboard the Timber Express for the ride to Salvage Logging Central!That’s the history of Clark County’s only homegrown rail line, which used to pull thousands of board-feet of wood out of eastern and northern Clark County every day. And that was before the massive Yacolt Burn forest fire of 1902 revved the pace of salvage logging in the area up to a frenzy.But those days are over; what’s now called the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a seasonal, nonprofit, weekend tourist line that provides an especially relaxing and scenic outing for moms and dads on their honorary days in May and June.It’s a 13-mile round trip that passes through farmland and forests, crosses the Lewis River, plunges through a 330-foot rock tunnel and pauses at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 and 14, the locomotive in question is a diesel; on Father’s Day weekend, June 17 and 18, it’s a 1929 steam engine.Both trains feature open-rooftop seating for great views as well as tamer, warming seating inside. On Mother’s Day weekend, all women get a rose.These family-oriented outings are nothing but relaxing and scenic. Others scheduled for later this year include extra incentives like dinner-and-wine packages via Moulton Falls Winery, premiere seasonal leaf-peeping, and even special adventures like galloping Wild West train robbers and heroic lawmen who battle it out while riders spectate from the comfort of their seats. On Halloween weekend, count on your train being pursued by the Headless Horseman.last_img read more