All aboard for Mother’s Day

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad offers sweet outings this weekend

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter



If You Go

• What: Mother’s Day Weekend with the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.

• Information: 360-686-3559,

Mother’s Day weekend train rides

• When: noon and 2:30 p.m. May 7 and 8; arrive 30 minutes early.

• Where: Yacolt station, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

• Cost: $16; $15 for seniors; $11 for ages 5 to 12; $9 for ages 2 to 4; younger than 2 ride for free.

Mother’s Day dinner and wine train

• When: May 7 only, 4 p.m. appetizers; 5 p.m. train departs.

• Where: Moulton Falls Winery, 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

• Cost: $45 via the winery, not the railroad.

• Information: 360-686-4070,

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad summer 2016 rides

• May 21 and 22: Late Spring Weekend.

• June 4 and 5: Summer Run.

• June 18 and 19: Father’s Day Weekend (steam train).

• June 18: Father’s Day Dinner and Wine Train (steam train).

• July 2 and 3: Independence Day Weekend (steam train).

• July 16 and 17: Train Robbery Weekend No. 1 (steam train).

• July 30 and 31: Midsummer Weekend (steam train).

• Aug. 20 and 21: Train Robbery Weekend No. 2 (steam train).

• Sept. 3 and 4: Labor Day Weekend.

(Sung to the tune of “City of New Orleans” by Steve Goodman, popularized by Arlo Guthrie:)

Ridin’ the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad,

North Clark County, Mom’s Day holiday train,

Rooftop seats for Mom and all the family,

Or wine and dinner to help her feel urbane.

There’ll be four daytime odysseys,

As the diesels leave from Yacolt, see?

And roll along to visit Yacolt Falls.

The wine-and-dinner train will flee,

From Moulton Falls Winery,

Where there’s music, food, drinks and other thrills.


This weekend it’s Mother’s Day in Yacolt!

Say don’t you want to take Mom on the train?

It’s the train they call the Prairie of Chelatchie,

It’s a beautiful excursion — shine or rain!

Early afternoons in downtown Yacolt,

Or late on Saturday at Moulton Winery,

There’s a 300-foot-long tunnel on the journey,

So grab your Mom and don’t forget to breathe,

And the songs of Rowdy Mountain,

And the songs of old JT,

Will keep those Moulton diners entertained.

Mothers with their broods around,

Are guaranteed to love the sound,

As everybody sings “Happy Mother’s Day.”

2nd chorus (everybody!)

This weekend it’s Mother’s Day in Yacolt!

Say don’t you want to take Mom on the train?

It’s the train they call the Prairie of Chelatchie

It’s a beautiful excursion — shine or rain!

In other words

We hope you enjoyed the above cramming of information into the rhythm of a classic train song. Here’s the nonrhyming version.

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is Clark County’s all-volunteer excursion train line. It kicks off its 2016 season this weekend, with special events in celebration of Mother’s Day. All trains have both open-rooftop seating for great views, and tamer, warmer seating inside.

The whole family can take part in a 13-mile roundtrip journey from the downtown Yacolt station through scenic countryside to Moulton Station-Yacolt Falls; there will be departures at noon and 2:30 p.m.May 7 and 8.

At 4 p.m. May 7, Moulton Falls Winery — just south of downtown Yacolt — will serve appetizers and wine before boarding passengers for an excursion along the same route. You can take your wine on the train. The train returns to the winery for dinner and roots music by JT and Rowdy Mountain. Additional food and beverages will available for purchase.

Advance reservations and ticket purchases, and an early arrival in remote Yacolt are highly recommended.