New from Arcadia Publishing and local author, Sydney Stevens, is North Beach Peninsula’s IR&N.
For nearly 40 years, the quirky little narrow-gauge railroad, begun in 1889 by the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company, ran along the North Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington. The train provided the primary transportation link from Ilwaco in the south to Nahcotta in the north, making peninsula communities accessible to one another and supplying a reliable route to outside markets for the area’s major industries—oystering, logging, and cranberry farming. A tide table, not a timetable, governed the railroad’s schedule, allowing coordination with the steamers that met the train at either end of its daily journeys. Old-timers of the area still speak affectionately of the train’s unorthodox schedule and its informal and accommodating service. And they remember with fondness that the IR &N was widely known as the “Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad.”
Highlights of North Beach Peninsula’s IR&N:
• Features many never-before-published images from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s archives.
• Includes more than 200 vintage images and stories of the railroad told by natives.
*All profits from the sale of this book will benefit the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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