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It used to be they ran all these train trips with steam, from the dock to the rail yard. Was a treat for those rail fans. I was fortunate to be have taken two of those trains with the short steam engine ride. Would be a big plus for me to consider again. Is this of interest to you?
For the most part the railroad runs some very unique diesel locomotives - they also have a couple of restored steam locos that they use for some weekend excursion service as well as for the few times they bust out the rotary snowplow to clear the line in spring. The scenery is the same as they only have one set of tracks to run on. The difference is steam vs diesel locomotives. If you are a train fan (like me) the answer is STEAM. My cruise ship visited on Wed when all they run are diesels.
STEAM, hands down !!! ( in my opinion)
It's phenomenal. Besides, it goes further than the diesel trains. beyond the border, about 4 miles, close to the ''proper'' highway border station;uses a loop track to turn around and takes water from a creek before going back down.
It's awesome and takes you right back to the pioneers' days.
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