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Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98355
+1 360-569-7959
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We had read other reviews so sort of knew what to expect. We did go to Groupon and get the two of... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2015
Gloria S
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Englewood, Colorado
Something fun to do with reasonable price.

The steam engine had some trouble so we rode a diesel train to museum. We did not find out till we... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2015
oldprune
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Redlands, California
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Fourteen-mile excursion on a train using vintage 1900's steam locomotives on a scenic trip through the Pacific Northwest to Mineral Lake, passing within 25 miles of majestic Mt. Rainier.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible13%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98355
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

We had read other reviews so sort of knew what to expect. We did go to Groupon and get the two of one price which was helpful. Both the steam engines were down when we were there, so that was disappointing but understand with the...More

2  Thank Gloria S
Reviewed 10 August 2015

The steam engine had some trouble so we rode a diesel train to museum. We did not find out till we changed our reservation into the tickets. It was disappointing but the tickets are non-refundable so we spent few hour enjoying the ride. The train...More

2  Thank oldprune
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2015

Thanks for visiting to ride the train and visit the museum. Yes we are in a rural location, many visitors describe our site as "out in the middle of nowhere". Being located 2 hours from Seattle and only 20 minutes from the entrance to Mount...More

Reviewed 9 August 2015

There really is no view on this railroad that is worth the money for the trip. You see many more vistas on the way there. My kids took me there for Father's Day so they bought the tickets before I knew what was going on....More

Thank RedHotFiat
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2015

Always nice to connect with a train enthusiast! Glad you were able to visit over Father's Day weekend. Sorry to hear you didn't find our authentic 1920's and 1950's era passenger cars comfortable. I'll share your feedback with our management team. We pay attention to...More

Reviewed 1 August 2015

This was a relaxing couple of hours but, unless you like looking at endless trees close up, there wasn't much scenery except for a couple of glimpses of Mt. Rainier and a semi-dry river bed. The museum where we stopped in Mineral had some nice...More

1  Thank Sungron
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2015

Thank you for visiting to ride the train and visit the museum. Wow! You've reviewed a lot of attractions! Glad to hear your visit was relaxing. You're absolutely right, the water level is low on the Upper Nisqually River. It's unseasonably low in fact. Our...More

Reviewed 1 August 2015

The good: The drive up is good with nice paved roads and good traffic flow. The STAFF: Very professional and friendly (from ticketing to conductors to engineers) -- EVERYONE deserves the most stars. Drive up time from Seattle ~ 1.5-2 hours Time from departure to...More

1  Thank r2d2Seattle
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2015

Dear R2D2, Thank you for visiting to ride the train and visit the museum. Though we didn't score well with your review I do want to say thank you for taking the time to write an insightful review. You have some solid suggestions in here....More

Reviewed 31 July 2015

This was NOT scenic. It was a complete waste of our time, not to mention our money. We like trains, but this was booked as a "scenic" ride, so we thought we would be seeing things only available by train car. Please save your money...More

Thank Joni K
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2015

Joni, thank you for visiting the railroad and museum. I'm sorry to hear the scenery from the train did not meet your expectations. Views of Mount Rainier from the train are dependent on the weather. Since we can't guarantee the weather you may notice that...More

Reviewed 29 July 2015

This is far different from your typical railroad museum. Mainline railroads were far different from logging railroads. Mainline locomotives were long and sleek and built for, literally, the long haul--thousands of miles. Logging railroads were built for the short haul to get logs out of...More

3  Thank Jim M
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2015

Jim, thank you so much for visiting the railroad and museum. Our staff and volunteers really appreciate reviews like yours. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Reviewed 22 July 2015

We rode for 35 minutes from Elbe to Mineral. The route was lined with trees on both sides and very scenic. We came to an opening where we could see Mount Rainier off in the distance. When we arrived in Mineral, there were 15 buildings...More

3  Thank Michelle T
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2015

Michelle, thank you so much for visiting to ride the train and explore the museum. Our staff and volunteers appreciated your great review. Thank you! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit. Thanks again!

Reviewed 21 July 2015

My family had seen this last year and decided the following year that we really wanted to try this place. I ended up booking the BBQ and the train ride. The ride on the train was nice, slowing down in areas that Mt. Rainier was...More

3  Thank Jill P
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2015

Jill, thank you so much for visiting to ride the train and explore the museum. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and special catered BBQ. Great reviews like yours fire up our staff and volunteers! Thank you!

Reviewed 17 July 2015

This train is a pleasant 2 hour round trip ride on restored passenger cars with park bench seating through the foothills of Mt. Rainier and includes a stop at an excellent train museum. There are restored steam and diesel engines and interesting exhibits about the...More

3  Thank HBCAtravel
MRSR09, Director of Sales at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2015

Thank you for visiting to ride the train and explore our museum. Wow! All the way from California too? We're honored to be part of your vacation. Kind reviews like your are greatly appreciated and serve as fuel to our fire for our staff and...More

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Linda A
2 July 2017|
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Response from gr8tful2god | Reviewed this property |
I didn't purchase anything on the train at all, so I can't answer that.
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rd333104
23 May 2017|
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Response from gr8tful2god | Reviewed this property |
When we went, we sat inside on the way up and sat in the open air car on the return trip. I went in September.
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gr8tful2god
25 April 2017|
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Response from kenodogmom | Reviewed this property |
it varies ..you can get a first class ticket or general seating.. .we went with general seating and it was fine....the pricing is on the website
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