Did you know that the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad gets robbed several times a year, the trains stopped and boarded by marauding bandits with faces hid behind neckerchiefs? The passengers are frisked and their valuables purloined. Fortunately, the brigands are always brought to justice when the sheriff comes to town, the passengers’ treasures returned and peace restored.
But seriously, the Chelatchie Prairie train robberies are all fun and games, a family-friendly show staged for the pleasure of ticket-holding passengers. The Yacolt-based railroad is hosting two Train Robbery weekends this summer, the first one on Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16. Trains depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station at 207 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. Passengers on these trains will be part of the action as “train robbers” board the train and pretend to make off with your coins and jewelry. Will the sheriff arrive in time to capture the thieves? All signs point to “yes,” but you never know! After the faux-robbery, the train will make a stop at Moulton Station to see Yacolt Falls—and to allow passengers to have their photos taken with the robbers.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure to allow sufficient time to pick up your tickets and board the train. Tickets are $20 per person, $19 for seniors, $15 for children five to 12, and $13 for little ones two to four. Babies up to age two are free. To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on this popular and scenic train ride, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.
Above image: train robbery in action, courtesy of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad