We depart from the depot in Elbe, WA which is located conveniently on Hwy 7 near the entrance to Mt Rainier National Park and make the trip up to Mineral.
We are conveniently located on State Route 7; near the Elbe Bridge and close to the Pierce/Lewis County line. For current road conditions, visit https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/.
Seattle – 75 miles, approx 1.5 hour
Yakima – 125 miles, approx 2.5 hour
Portland – 125 miles, approx 2.5 hour
You can count on beautiful scenery no matter which route you choose so make plans to stop often to visit the towns you’ll pass through! Plan your trip here using Google Maps – we’ve already marked your destination!
We are located between the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington and the Portland International Airport in Oregon. The drive from SeaTac to the Elbe depot is 67 miles and will take you at least an hour and a half; please plan accordingly for traffic along this route. From Portland, it is 124 miles and is just over a two hour drive.
The most important thing to know about riding trains is Safety First. We highly recommend wearing sturdy, closed-toe, and closed-heel shoes. We suggest you dress for the ever changing weather in Washington State. We do sell umbrellas and Mt Rainier Railroad clothing in the gift shop if the weather turns grey or cold. Sunglasses and light jacket are always a good thing to bring as well.
We have wheelchair accessible seating available. Guests in wheelchairs can sit at a table with their party. Be sure to ask for the ADA car when booking. Wheelchair seating is limited; please make sure to book your seats ahead of time making sure to specify that you will need wheelchair seating.
Yes, we have 2 restrooms on the train, one in coach and one in the First Class cars.
Service dogs are always welcome on board the train, in our gift shop and at the museum.
No live animals are allowed on any Mt Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum trains or at our museum except for service animals with their owner or trainer. We strongly encourage our guests to find suitable daytime facilities for your pets and to not leave them in a parked car.
No. There is no smoking of any substances in any railcar, platform, bathroom or any other area on board the train. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigs, vapor pens and all other devices.
Due to liquor regulations, no personal alcohol can be brought on board the train at any time. First-Class cars have alcoholic beverages available for purchase. All alcohol sold on the train MUST be consumed on the train only. The minimum legal drinking age in Washington is 21.
Passengers are not permitted to carry firearms of any kind on the train. Due to alcohol being served on the train, we do not allow open or concealed carry.
No printing at home is required, but you must have a ticket (not boarding pass, which is simply confirmation of purchase) for the conductor to punch onboard the train! All passengers must check in at the Elbe Depot prior to departure time, where we will confirm your party’s reservation and hand you your pre-printed souvenir tickets. Whether you booked online or by phone, your ticket will be available at Elbe Depot, and then punched onboard by the conductor or brakeman just as they have done since 1882.
Parking is conveniently located next to the depot in Elbe, WA. There is a designated parking lot for our customers. A $4.00 per vehicle (including motorcycles) parking fee is required. Handicap parking is available. Please purchase your parking pass when you purchase your train tickets. Please be aware there is no other public parking available nearby. We ask that you do not park in any of our neighboring business’ parking lot. Your vehicle is subject to being towed if not parked in our specified lot.
Be sure to call 360-492-6000 extension 1 as soon as you know, so that we can accommodate your change while seats are available! There is a $6 per seat fee to change your date, departure time or car. There is no charge if you would like to update a Standard Class reservation to First Class!
All regular excursion trips and non-licensed events are non-refundable within 5 days of the ticketed departure date. Inside of 5 days there is a cancellation fee of $14 per adult ticket and $7 per child ticket if you choose to cancel your trip. Licensed special events like PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express and THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are non-refundable and all sales are final.
The seat and car numbers are on the tickets. Car numbers are located on the railcars. Seat numbers are located on the interior of the cars above the windows. Staff on the platform are available to help if you need additional assistance finding your seat or car.
After tickets are punched, passengers may walk through the train. First Class seating is assigned and is not accessible to standard class passengers. Standard class seating is ‘open’ seating and seats are not assigned however you may be assigned to a specific coach.
Yes! Please be sure to visit our gift shop before you board the train. We offer sodas, bottled water and a wide variety of individually wrapped snack items. There is a coffee shop across the street as well.
Yes, refreshments are available in First Class seating and sold in our gift shops.
We have numerous logging camp cabins on site from the early 20th century filled with historic exhibits and information. We also have a wide variety of historic logging equipment and locomotives.
Three people: Conductor, Engineer, and Fireman. The crew also includes attendants, brakemen, and occasionally some special guests from the past! The conductor is in charge of the operation of the train and the safety of everyone onboard.
Our locomotives are fueled by recycled motor oil.
Our train averages 15 mph.
We have two operable locomotives that we use on our regular excursions. We have several other historic logging locomotives that are used on special events. You can view the entire collection of rolling stock at the museum!
Yes, we do! We have 2 operable historic diesel locomotives in our fleet that are used as back-up when the steam locomotive is down for repairs.
Locomotive No. 70 – the Polson 70 – was built in 1922. Hammond Lumber Company Locomotive No. 17 is from 1921. The oldest locomotive in our collection was built in 1885. Enjoy seeing and reading all about our steam engines in the Rod House and House of Gears at the museum.
Since February of 2016 Mt Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum has been owned and operated by American Heritage Railways.
We started offering leisure rides in the early 1980’s.
It is 7 miles by rail between the Depot and the Museum, taking approximately 30 minutes each way.
Our layover in Mineral is an hour and 15 minutes. In that time, make sure to explore the cabins filled with historic artifacts and see our extensive display of engines and other railroad and logging equipment!
Yes! We can process credit cards in the Elbe Depot, on the train and at the museum in Mineral.
Your First Class experience features your party seated at a table where each car has its own attendant serving refreshments and snacks. Beer is available for purchase as well. Amenities during Special or Licensed Events will vary.
Yes. Beer is available for purchase in First Class. Beer cannot be taken off the train and consumed at the Elbe Depot or Museum. Cash and all major credit cards accepted. Under no circumstances will carry on or previously purchased alcohol be permitted on the train.
Yes, we have picnic tables at the logging museum in Mineral for your convenience.
Advanced reservations are not required, but are recommended. Some days and excursions sell out faster than others, so we suggest that you book ahead of time to ensure we can seat you and your party together.
Adult pricing begins 12 and older. Youth ticket pricing is available for children 3-11 for excursions and special events. Special event train rides, one lap child (under age 2) per adult ticket holder may ride free, with diaper bags or accessories stowed under the seat. For regular excursions, one tot (age 2 and under) per adult ticket holder may ride free!
For all excursions, tickets and parking passes are printed at the Elbe Depot and ready for pickup when the depot opens. No printing at home is required. We recommend that you arrive one hour before the excursion departure time. There is no option for guests to print parking passes from home. You may print out your confirmation ahead of time and place it in the window of your car to save yourself the walk back to the parking lot.