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Historic steam engine back on track

Train to make runs from Lebanon to Sweet Home

One of 62 surviving steam locomotives in Oregon will ride the rails between Lebanon and Sweet Home for the foreseeable future.

On Friday, Nov. 19, the Santa Maria Valley 205, a fully restored 1924 Baldwin 2-6-2 prairie locomotive, made its inaugural public run on the Albany & Eastern Railroad from the Santiam Excursion Trains station at 750 S. Third St. in Lebanon to the Weyerhaeuser/Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home and back. Boarding the train for the VIP event and attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony were about 150 community members, railroad vendors and friends and fami...