Editor’s note: This story was part of our KNKX Connects broadcast from Lewis County on Aug. 30, 2018. We explored the issues, events and personalities that shaped – and in some cases are still shaping – the cities of Centralia and Chehalis.
On average, some 50 to 60 trains a day pass through Centralia and Chehalis. They are largely freight trains, with Amtrak also running routes through this corridor.
But every so often, if you know the right place to look, you might find a century-old steam train chugging along the tracks.