The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum

The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum

The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Ride the historic Railroad on a 9 mile scenic journey through the Chehalis River Valley. Vintage 1920's coaches carry passengers on a pleasant and relaxing 1-2 hour excursion where they enjoy the sights and sounds of railroading as it used to be. Regular season rides are available weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day each summer. Saturdays June - September Dinner Train Rides take an additional trip at 5:00pm. The last Saturday of each month is a Murder Mystery Dinner Train Ride. Special events celebrate the holidays such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Pumpkin Trains and the Polar Express complete a year-long itinerary of train excursions. Group charters for birthday, reunions, and company parties are available upon request.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Renee F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
HORRIBLE! he train doesn't move, its full of mold, they over sold tickets so people that paid were getting turned away. They gave out stale cookies and old hot cocoa. Santa was on the train for a total of 20 mins. I highly suggest you save your money and find anther holiday activity.
Written October 6, 2023
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Diannamania
Seattle, WA49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
My husband and I did the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. It was a fun and unique experience. The steam locomotive was out of service, so we were on a diesel powered train, but it didn't make a difference to me.

Make sure you buy your tickets early! They only offer this special train once a month during the summer/fall and it sells out quickly.

The station is really easy to find because of several signs posted. Once you arrive, there is a free gravel parking lot and some decent bathrooms that you can use.

We boarded the train around 4:45 PM (15 minutes early). All of the seating is pre-assigned and if there are less than 4 people in your party, you will be paired with strangers. However, we really enjoyed talking to the other couple at our table. It was nice having someone new to talk to and working with them really helped us solve the murder mystery.

The food was ok. They have to bring all the food on board already cooked, so it's kind of like airline food. We had raw vegetables, a small green salad with ranch dressing, bread and butter, prime rib, red potatoes, green beans, and cake. We also had plenty of water and coffee at our table.

We spent the first hour eating dinner and doing the murder mystery. We were given a sheet of paper describing the situation and there were four actors walking around. You are supposed to talk to the actors (they come around to your table) and ask questions in order to solve the mystery. The winners get a prize.

During the second hour, you can walk around the rest of the train. Some cars are open air, so you can sit "outside" if you'd like. The train goes in a straight line. At the halfway point, it goes back in the other direction.
Written August 28, 2018
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Edward C
Bellport, NY37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
We made our reservations about 3 months in advance for the saturday evening dinner train. What a fabulous operation they have here. When you get you tickets in advance they place you at an assigned table so there's no need to push and shove to get to the front of the line. The food and wait staff is yop notch. When you sit down your salad, bread and drinks are waiting for you to start digging in. As the train nears the halfway point you are just about done with dinner and you can relax and enjoy the scenery on the ride back. Views af Mt Rainier & St Helens abound on a clear day. The price, for what you get is very reasonable, even cheap if you're used to east coast train excursions.
Written September 18, 2011
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Cheryl5353
195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Any time you get to ride on a steam train, do it! They are practically giving away tickets to ride this 1916 beauty. The countryside is lovely in the summer and I imagine in the fall, too. From what I understand they have plenty of events during the year for Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day AND on Saturdays they sometimes run a dinner train. We were there and saw the chef & caterers loading the train. Riding the Chehalis & Centralia Steam Train is the best. Did you check the price for a cab ride? Have you ever ridden in the cab of a steam locomotive? You should! You'll never do it for this price anywhere else ever. Plus, you might get to meet Harold.
Written August 21, 2014
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SteveandSueC
United States62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This is NOT the correct name of a local attraction in Chehalis, WA. There is the Lewis County Museum, which the photo shows, and the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad, which is a steam train ride, also in Chehalis, but they are separate attractions in separate locations.
Written July 29, 2013
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BobDidIt
USA7,148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
We took the dinner train and would have rated this attraction 5 stars but the small size of the museum was a disappointment. They did not have much in the old (and small) train station but that was not the primary reason for the visit. The primary reason was the dinner train ride.

We have been on several dinner trains around the country and when you compare price, food, and train ride this scores an excellent value. The price was very reasonable and you had three excellent choices for your dinner. We were a party of 4 and tried all 3 choices for meals and all were good. I had the prime rib and for a catered meal it was excellent with a very generous (and tasty) cut of meat. My only minor complaint was the tables were on the small size and I was a little cramped for space. The actual trip, about 36 miles total (18 out then back) was very scenic and relaxing and you got to see some beautiful country.

I highly recommend this trip/dinner and don’t forget your camera. Of yeah, almost forgot, go early and visit the excellent Veterans Memorial Museum right by the train station.
Written October 9, 2012
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Archergirl0110
Boise, ID95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Family
Not if you've got a little train nut for a son! My son has been begging to go on a steam train (diesels just aren't as cool) for months now and we took the Chehalis Centralia Steam train. It was a beautiful, scenic ride. We sat in the outdoor car going one direction, and the inside going back as my little guy was ready for naptime by the time we turned around. There's super reasonably priced bottled water, soda, and snacks on board and also a bathroom. It was great!
Written June 8, 2012
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Jim G
Centralia, WA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
Dog gone it, the museum and train have been out of service all summer so far. Per Federal requirements, steam locomotives require a boiler rebuild ever so often to protect the engineer, fireman, and passengers from catastrophic boiler explosions. Well, this is the year that the locomotive #15 had to be done. From what I have gathered from local news reports, and the CCR website, the Feds need to approve work that has been done as of July 28, 2015. CCR doesn't yet know when they will be back in service.
My wife, and our son's family have ridden the train 3 times last year. Each ride was very enjoyable. The first time it was just my wife and me. We thought we would try it out to be sure our two Granddaughters would like it. My wife and I have ridden many tourist trains during our 41 years of marriage, and this one is not too bad even though it doesn't crawl up high mountain grades or travel along pretty mountain streams. It does roll through a green forest where you can spot a cool tree house on a neighboring property, or see several farming properties, cows included. Sometimes you can even see modern day rock hounds searching the Chehalis River bed for agates as the train crosses the river. After approximately half an hour, the train reaches the turn around point which is fun, because the locomotive uncouples from the rail cars and moves past them to recouple to the last car. Everybody gets excited as she rolls by on the right side, steam hissing and smoke rising from the stack. Soon air has filled the brake lines, and she begins the return trip to the depot.
Our 2nd trip included our two Granddaughters, ages 7 and 11. The youngest would turn to Grandpa with a great big smile each time the engineer blew the whistle. The oldest loved crossing over the couplers between cars. It was quite an adventure for them.
The 3rd trip was in December with Santa Claus. They beamed when Santa sat down with them to hear their wish list.
Our family has always loved steam trains, which made this ride neat as the girls got to experience for the first time the thrill of steam powered trains.
Some informational notes: Summer rides include an open gondola car, a tarp covered car, and finally, an enclosed car with windows that open. There is a toilet on the enclosed car, which serves as a snack bar and gift shop. The depot has a nice restroom too. The staff is friendly and can answer your questions. If you use a GPS device, it might not get you quite to the depot. Use mapquest or my directions: Take exit 77 from I-5 and head West to the traffic light at SW Riverside Dr. and turn left. From Southbound I-5, SW Riverside Dr. is just a few feet from the exit ramp, and from Northbound I-5 you will need to drive over I-5 to the 2nd traffic light. As you drive South you will come to a fork in the road where you will take the left road which is SW Newaukum Ave. Follow this avenue a short distance to the sign indicating the railroad on the left. As I recall, the street where you turn is SW Sylvenus St.
Written July 29, 2015
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Michael D
Kelso, WA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Small museum along with a very enjoyable steam train ride through the farm country of the Chehalis River Valley. The main engine is a logging steam locomotive that gives you an excellent experience in steam travel in either open gondola cars or enclosed passenger cars. Be sure to check their web site, the train mostly operates in the summer.
Written March 14, 2015
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Mary W
Bremerton, WA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
If you love to ride old trains, this one is very good. We took an afternoon ride, we rode in the open air car and the weather was warm and beautiful. We saw farmland, cows, horses, etc.. Nice way to spend a couple hours. We will be back to do the dinner train as that sound like fun. Jerry was the woman in the gift shop and she was so nice and very informative. My husband got to visit the engine cab and talk with the engineer on how the stream train runs. He was so excited.
Written June 18, 2014
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