The Saginaw Timber (Polson Lumber) #2 made its 2018 debut this weekend with the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
The steamer came from its previous home, Mid-Continent Railway Museum (MCRM) in Wisconsin, in October 2017. It took roughly 2 weeks for the locomotive to arrive at the Air Museum in Tillamook, where it was unloaded.
The Saginaw #2's relocation to the Oregon Coast marks its return to the west coast. Built in 1912, it went to Kerriston, Washington. It saw several owners, the Northwest Lumber Company, then Polson Lumber in 1929. The Saginaw remained in operation in 1948 when Rayonier Corporation took over Polson.
The Saginaw #2 eventually found itself in a career change in the 1960s, where it began operation as a passenger locomotive in Michigan. The Saginaw eventually changed ownership to Roland "Skip" Lichter, who saw the locomotive moved to the MCRM in Wisconsin. In 2000, a full restoration process was started. By the mid 2010s, a dispute between Lichter and MCRM lead to the eventual move back to the west coast.
Although it has been operated for test runs over the past few months, this weekend marked its debut operating passenger runs. On Saturday it was part of a photography run. Sunday it operated the Oregon Coastal Excursion that runs between Garibaldi and Rockaway.