Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society to Participate in Smithsonian 13th Annual Museum Day

Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society to Participate in Smithsonian 13th Annual Museum Day

Museum Day September 23, 2017 poised to be Largest to Date–

On Saturday, September 23rd at Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society in Toledo will participate in the 13th annual Museum Day, co sponsored by the Smithsonian magazine.

From 10:00am to 4:00pm the historical society will celebrate the Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflecting the spirit of the magazine and emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Admission is free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

“This is an opportunity to increase overall visibility of our museum and attract new visitors to the area and to our display”, says Ralph Grutzmacher, President of YPHRS. “This is a great way to partner with a significant National Museum to promote our local mission.”

 The YPRHS Heritage Site features a 1922 Baldwin Steam Engine,a 1951 45 Tonner GE Diesel Electric, a restored Southern Pacific 1907 caboose, (the oldest restored wooden caboose in the Northwest), and a restored SP Railway Post Office/Baggage car built in 1923. It is within the baggage end of SP 5132 that a small interpretive center and the Library are located. The Library contains Mr. H. Dangler’s personal railroad book and video library along with books and videos donated to YPHRS since 1991. It now hosts some 1,000 titles, some dating back to the 1800’s, 400 railroad and logging videos, and some 15,000 digitized photo’s. The “Loose Caboose Café” will also be open.

The normal YPRHS winter hours are from 10-2, Tuesday through Saturdays. Special family or organization tours may be held by reservation with the office at 336-5256, or by email at yphrs@peak.org.

There is no admission charge to visit but donations are welcome. Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees should present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to any participating institutions.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. According to the Oregon Museum Association some 3.2 million people visited the Oregon museums last year.

Going, Going, Gone to a New Home

Read Newsletter Spring 2017

Loaded is this truck and flat bed trailer contracted by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad of Garibaldi Oregon.  The crews below from OCSR and YPRHS spent Friday, 2/17/17 off loading these huge tools which were originally donated to YPRHS in 1993. They once were used to repair and service the steam locomotives in Powers, Oregon and have been kept safe and dry in a box car.  This is but a third of the total 130,000 lbs. brought to Toledo by the then Georgia-Pacific

Trucking company.  The remainder, even larger equipment, has been cared for and sheltered by Rich Cullison in Yachats and at some point will also be moved to a new OCSR facility to be set up for public display under the direction of Scott Wickert.   The original plan was for YPRHS to do just that.  Our thanks to G-P for all their assistance and especially pro forklift driver Mike Blodgett.

The pictures below show some of the equipment while still in the boxcar.  The larger pieces had been placed on pallets when they were loaded back in ’93.  Look closely at the forklift above loaded with five jacks to lift a railcar.  A couple of them weighed upwards of 300 lbs. apiece!  Those railroad workers must have been huge.  We have      been invited by  the crew of the Oregon Coast RR to come up and help with being car hosts once they start their        summer excursion season.  Schedule at (503) 842-7972.


Come See the Trains

Portland & Western
Toledo Depot
(541) 336-2830


Monthly Meeting

Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society
                                                       Friday – November 18th. – 5:30 PM
                                                               Union Hall – Toledo, Oregon
Business will include the presentation of the 2017 slate of Officers, Project Reports, Preparations for Model Train Show.

Announcing the Rededication of the Toledo Town Clock

clockThis double-faced clock was given to the City of Toledo in 2005 to help celebrate the city’s 100th Birthday by the Toledo Rotary Club with help from the Bank of the West. It served as the Main Street timepiece for almost 10 years. Tragedy struck when someone vandalized the clock breaking one face, hands, and neon lighting. it was shrouded for some time. Upon request, the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society has repaired and restored the clock.

Join us for this special event!
Saturday – 2:00 P.M.- October 8, 2016
On the Dock at the Railroad Heritage Site
Corner of NW 1st. and Butler Bridge Road

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