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Date: 09/16/22 14:07
Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: DRGWMark

I hadn't seen anyone post this yet, but apparently, the Mt. Rainier Scenic RR - which shut down in early 2020 at the start of the pandemic - could be coming back to life! The Western Forest Industries Museum has reformed and repurchased all assets from American Heritage Railways, who owned and operated the railroad from about 2016 to the shutdown; and they "will be undertaking a phased reopening plan."

Full story at this link: https://visitrainier.com/mt-rainier-scenic-railroad-back-to-life/



Date: 09/16/22 14:39
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: callum_out

Uh, this is currently old news and we're all still waiting. The nearby mayor (as I remember) has big plans and everyone
has big plans and I have big doubts about Mr. Harper just giving the assets back. Hope something real comes out of this,
really liked the museum and the ride and hoping for the best.

Out 



Date: 09/16/22 15:10
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: Deal

callum_out Wrote:
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 I have big doubts about Mr. Harper just giving the assets back.

The IRS facts will dissolve your doubts.



Date: 09/16/22 16:46
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: gbmott

Deal Wrote:
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> callum_out Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
>  I have big doubts about Mr. Harper just giving
> the assets back.
>
> The IRS facts will dissolve your doubts.

would you elaborate a bit?  Clearly there is a story here of which I am unaware.

Gordon



Date: 09/16/22 17:01
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: callum_out

Please do elaborate, from the financial issues at the D&S I wouldn't think a write off of the size of
the Mt. Rainer property would be of value. I'm sure Mr. Hansen has been involved and I'd love to
hear his words on the progress of things.

Out 



Date: 09/16/22 20:11
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: Macster

callum_out Wrote:
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> Please do elaborate, from the financial issues at
> the D&S I wouldn't think a write off of the size
> of
> the Mt. Rainer property would be of value. I'm
> sure Mr. Hansen has been involved and I'd love to
> hear his words on the progress of things.
>
> Out

Mr. Hansen isn't always involved in everything. 

That being said, yes, MRSR is returning in a phased approach. Very exciting to see it return. There will be A LOT of work to do to get everything ready to go. 

Rail bikes first from Park Jct to Mineral, track work/brushwork, and a new station at Eatonville. Excursions will be from Eatonville to Mineral when the line returns.

There is a 45-minute podcast on the return, along with a return of the railroad on Youtube if you search WFIM Mt. Rainier
https://theroundhousepodcast.com/2022/09/15/mount-rainier-scenic-railroad-returning-to-operation/

 



Date: 09/16/22 21:51
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: callum_out

Thank you very much for that, nice to have some positive current information

Out 



Date: 09/17/22 07:13
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: A-1

How long of a ride(time and distance) would an Eatonville-Mineral trip be?

Posted from Android



Date: 09/17/22 09:01
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: sf1010

When I saw the subject line I wondered if the volcano was becoming active.



Date: 09/17/22 20:57
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: flyingfred

sf1010 Wrote:
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> When I saw the subject line I wondered if the
> volcano was becoming active.

Those were my thoughts as well!!

-Fred-



Date: 09/20/22 10:50
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: BAB

sf1010 Wrote:
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> When I saw the subject line I wondered if the
> volcano was becoming active.

Sorry that was something that came back in the early 70s from some university in CA prof. Knew the U if W prof who was upset about them saying it was going to blow soon. Get those tin hats out lol.



Date: 09/20/22 11:24
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: Macster

BAB Wrote:
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> sf1010 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > When I saw the subject line I wondered if the
> > volcano was becoming active.
>
> Sorry that was something that came back in the
> early 70s from some university in CA prof. Knew
> the U if W prof who was upset about them saying it
> was going to blow soon. Get those tin hats out
> lol.

We all had a bit of a scare because what very much looked like venting out of the upper Northern dome, turned out to be a funky cloud later that was rotating and looked like it was venting due to high winds. It freaked a solid majority of us out.



Date: 09/20/22 12:11
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: Hillcrest

In the town Enumclaw, residents fled in their nightclothes...

Cheers, Dave



Date: 09/20/22 13:14
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: WAF

Hillcrest Wrote:
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> In the town Enumclaw, residents fled in their
> nightclothes...
>
> Cheers, Dave
Uh, No



Date: 09/20/22 16:38
Re: Mt Rainier Coming Back to Life?
Author: flash34

A-1 Wrote:
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> How long of a ride(time and distance) would an
> Eatonville-Mineral trip be?
>
> Posted from Android

Eatonville to Mineral is about 20 miles on the railroad. My cautiously optimistic vision of track rehab and such is a 15 mph speed limit (minus slow orders) making for a 1.5-2 hour one way trip. 



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