Take some excellent local wine and a steam train and put them both together, and what do you get? The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Wine Run on Saturday, Sept. 19. The train will pick up passengers at 5 p.m. from the Moulton Falls Winery, located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., just outside of Yacolt. The train will chug along to the scenic Heisson area, through a tunnel and across the beautiful East Fork of the Lewis River. The train will return to drop off passengers at the winery and then end up back at its home station in Yacolt.
Tickets are $35 for a package that includes your steam train ticket, appetizers, wine tasting, dinner and music from Doug Smith & Judy Koch-Smith. And put on your dancin’ shoes, because you might need to two-step. Tickets can be purchased at the Moulton Falls Winery, where passengers will board. Live music will be also offered in the Moulton Falls Tasting Room and food and beverages will be available to purchase until the vineyard closes at 9 p.m. To reserve your tickets, call 360-686-4070.
If wine isn’t your thing but you do love a steam train, the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is offering a two days of steam train rides, with four separate departure times: noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. You’ll enjoy a 13-mile round trip from Yacolt to Basket Flats, traveling through the beautiful logging and farming country of North Clark County. The train will stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls, and along the way you’ll cross the Lewis River with excellent views from the railroad’s cliff-side vantage point and ride through a 330-foot-long tunnel blasted out of solid rock.
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. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes before departure at the station in Yacolt, 207 N. Railroad Ave. To reserve your tickets, call 360-686-3559, or visit www.bycx.com.