Murder Mystery Dinner Trains

Easter Trains

Mother's Day Brunch

Pumpkin Trains

Polar Express Trains

Santa Steam Trains

Other Special Events

Charters

Cab Rides

2012 Special Events Schedules

The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum offers a wide palette of special events throughout the year. These range from family-oriented holiday events, like our Easter Trains, our Mother's Day Brunch Train, the ever-popular Pumpkin Trains, and Santa Steam Trains, as well as many Other Special Events and fun for adults like our Murder Mystery Dinner Trains.

If you have a special event of your own, consider chartering a private car or even an entire train. And last but not least, we have the ultimate gift for someone who has everything: a thrilling ride in the cab of a 1916 steam locomotive!

There's always something exciting on the Chehalis Centralia Railroad!



Dates
June 29
July 27
August 31
September 28
October 27

Duration
Approximately 2 hours

Departure Times
Saturdays
5:00 PM*

* October 27th will depart at 4:00 PM


Fares
Adults: $53.00
Children (10 & Under): $25.00

Accessibility
All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
On-board restroom accessibility is limited






PHOTO: Dave Laclair

Murder Mystery Dinner Trains

"Who dun' it?" Those are the words that will be in your head as you enjoy a ride on the Chehalis-Centralia's Murder Mystery Dinner Train. As you sit and enjoy your dinner, you can imagine yourself in the middle of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. The train will depart the station at 5:00 PM and return about 7:00 PM. Dinner will be served on board the train in the refurbished dining car while clues and entertainment are provided along the way. You will have an opportunity to be a detective and solve the crime.

The trip includes a four-course meal with your choice of chicken, salmon or prime rib, as well as train ride tickets. (Menu below subject to change without notice.)



Menu

  • Fresh vegetable plate
  • Green salad with Ranch dressing
  • Choice of entree:
    1.) 12 oz. Prime Rib
    2.) Baked Salmon with lemon
    3.) Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Potatoes & vegetables
  • Dessert

  • In addition, red or white wine will be available for those 21 years and over for $6 extra.

    Children's menu is available for ten and under, and includes chicken strips, potatoes and vegetables, and dessert.


    Please remember to order your entree choice at the time of reservation.

    Reservations are required for the dinner train. Please call 360-748-9593 to reserve your tickets.






    Dates
    March 30, 2013

    Duration
    Approximately 30 minutes

    Departure Times
    Times Saturday
       10:30 AM
       12:30 PM
       2:30 PM

    Fares
    All tickets: TBD

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited






    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Easter Trains

    The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad operates an annual old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt each April.

    Climb aboard for a leisurely Saturday train ride while the "Easter Bunny" and "Chicken Little" hide the eggs. Upon the return of the train, children (12 years and under) will go into the "egg field" to gather candy filled Easter Eggs! Many eggs will have prize tickets inside to be redeemed in the depot.

    Activities will vary for age groups 3 and under, 4 through 7, and 8 through 12.

    In addition, pictures with the Easter Bunny and Chicken Little will be available for purchase on the depot deck after the hunt.

    No reservations are required. Space is available on a first come, first served basis, so you are encouraged to come early. Inside seating space is limited.









    Dates
    May 12, 2013 (Mother's Day)

    Duration
    Approximately 2 hours

    Departure Times
    Sundays
        1:00 PM

    Fares
    Adults: $32.00
    Children: $20.00

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited









    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Ruth Brunch Trains

    In addition to its regular dinner train runs, the railroad offers an annual Mother's Day Brunch Train. While riding 18-miles roundtrip in a refurbished 1920s dining car, patrons will enjoy a vintage dining-by-rail experience, complete with white linen tablecloths, full china, and impeccable wait staff.



    Brunch Menu

  • Danishes and other breakfast pastries
  • Fruit plate
  • Yogurt
  • Choice of entree:
    1.) Ham steak served with breakfast potatoes and scrambled eggs
    2.) 6 oz. Top Sirloin served with scrambled eggs and breakfast potatoes
    3.) Salmon Hash (salmon sauteed with onion, peppers, cheese, and potatoes) with scrambled eggs
  • Strawberry stack cake

  • In addition, Mimosas (orange juice with champagne) will be available available for those 21 years and over for $7 extra.

    A child's menu is available for ten and under, and includes pastries, fruit plate, scrambled egg with bacon and breakfast potatoes.


    Please remember to order your entree choice at the time of reservation.

    Brunch train tickets include food, fare, tax, and gratuity. Pre-paid reservations are required. For best seating availability we recommend making reservations one month in advance, however seats may be available as late as one week in advance.. Dates and prices are subject to change without prior notice





    Dates
    October 26
    October 27

    Duration
    Approximately 1/2 hour

    Departure Times
    Saturday
    Times TBA
    Sunday
    Times TBA

    Fares
    Prices TBA

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited






    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Pumpkin Trains

    Join the fun for a special holiday treat, our annual tradition of hosting Pumpkin Train Rides behind our vintage 1916 logging locomotive. Children receive a treat bag, and then get a chance to hunt for their perfect pumpkin. There will also be a costume contest for five age groups: 2 and under, 3-6, 7-12, 13-17, and adults (18+).

    No reservations are necessary, but come early to ensure your ride in your choice of open or enclosed cars. Seating is limited to the first 250 passengers. Enjoy harvest time in the Chehalis River Valley during the fall season and join the fun.






    Dates
    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
    November 29 through December 22

    Duration
    Approximately 1.5 hours

    Departure Times
    Fridays
       7:30 PM
    Saturdays
       4:30 PM
       7:30 PM
    Sundays
       4:30 PM

    Additional trains may be added as needed.

    Fares
    Prices TBD

    Children 2 and under ride free but must sit in an adults lap. If seat is preferred, a ticket must be purchased. Anyone who occupies a seat must have a ticket.

    Additional convenience fees apply.

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited





    Polar Express Trains

    Polar Express trains feature the reading of the popular book "Polar Express" during the trek to the North Pole, where we will pick up Santa for the return trip. Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas like in the movie. There will be cocoa and cookies provided on board, as well as singing and other entertainment. Train ride is approximately 1.5 hours.

    NOTE: our cars are not heated, so please dress appropriately.

    NOW SOLD OUT FOR 2012!!!






    Dates
    Saturdays and Sundays
    December 7 through December 15

    Duration
    Approximately 1/2 hour

    Departure Times
    Saturdays & Sundays
       12:30
       2:30

    Additional trains may be added as needed.

    Fares
    Prices TBD

    Children 2 and under ride free but must sit in an adults lap. If seat is preferred, a ticket must be purchased. Anyone who occupies a seat must have a ticket.

    Additional convenience fees apply.

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited






    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Santa Steam Trains

    Bring the kids to meet Santa! Our Santa Steam Trains are approximately 25 minutes long, with Santa visiting everybody during the train ride. Photo opportunities are available before and after each trip. Train ride is approximately 30 minutes.NOW SOLD OUT FOR 2012!!!





    School Days
    Begins May 28
    For more information,
    inquire at 360-748-9593

    Kid's Day
    July 13
    For more information,
    inquire at 360-748-9593

    Senior's Day
    July 14
    For more information,
    inquire at 360-748-9593

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited






    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Other Special Events

    Throughout the year, the Chehalis-Centralia hosts a series of special events and special trains.

    In June, we host School Days, giving school children throughout the Pacific Northwest an opportunity to experience what steam railroading was like.

    In July, we host Kid's Day and Senior's Day, each day tailored to visits by children and seniors, respectively.

    Look for more details in this space as the events grow nearer!






    Charter Information
    Inquire at 360-748-9593

    Accessibility
    All trains have accessibility for people with disabilities
    On-board restroom accessibility is limited






    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Charters

    Have a special event of your own? From birthday parties to conventions, the Chehalis-Centralia can help you make your event a memorable one. Charter a private car on one of our regular excursion days, or go all out and charter an entire train. Big groups or small, the next time you have an event to put on, consider riding with us to make it a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.





    Dates & Times
    Available on any regularly scheduled train. Please see our schedule page for dates and times.

    Duration
    Approximately 1.5-2 hours

    Fares
    All riders: $30

    Capacity
    Due to the limited size of the cab space, we can only accommodate two non-crew cab riders at any given time.

    Accessibility
    Due to the age and configuration of our vintage steam locomotive, accessibility for people with disabilities is limited.

    Further Details
    Please call 360-748-9593 for further information about obtaining cabrides.






    PHOTO: Dave Laclair

    Cab Rides

    Give the gift of a lifetime with a cab ride on the Chehalis-Centralia. Up to two lucky passengers will get to experience what it is like to ride in the cab of a working steam locomotive built in 1916. It's an opportunity to feel the essence of steam, up close and personal.

    Cab riders get one round trip in the cab of Cowlitz, Chehalis & Cascade No. 15, a working 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive over 90 years old. Our friendly crew will happily answer questions and show the lucky passenger how the engine is operated. At the end of a memorable trip, each cabride passenger will receive a certificate documenting their experience, signed by the train's Conductor and Engineer. The $30 fee covers fare and certificate.

    For any lover of railroads, it is the ultimate gift. And hey, you can always buy one for yourself, too!




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