It wasn’t the last run of the year… yet.
By Brad Mosher
But as conductor Wendell Alverson helped people climb aboard the Candy Cane Express Saturday in Garibaldi, he made a point of telling the passengers that there would be just one more day.
The train was running at near capacity each time it made its weekend run to Rockaway Beach festooned with Christmas trees and lights inside the passenger cars, Alverson said.
“We have been running with pretty much every seat full,” Alverson added.
But the conductor said there may be some changes next December.
The Candy Cane Express will be adding another weekend to its December run, the last weekend before Christmas will be added to the schedule in 2017.
The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has been running the Candy Cane Express for more than 10 years and it has proven to very popular, both for tourists and for the local residents, the conductor said.
Engine 25, a steam engine, was used this season for the runs to Rockaway Beach. “Last year, we used the diesel locomotive. For the past couple of years, the 25 was down getting repairs, so we used the diesels. But it (Engine 25) is back up and running this year,” he said. “Previously, they used to use Engine Number 2, the Heisler.”
The Candy Cane Express also gave one San Diego grandmother, Paula Real, the opportunity to take her grandson for a ride Saturday. Three-year old Bear Bayouth of Manzanita was busy checking out everything inside the passenger car, from the Christmas decorations and lights to the view through the windows and the gifts underneath the Christmas tree.