In Focus: ‘Santa’s Grinchy Train’ Launches at the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum Depot


The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum’s (CCRM) stationary holiday train event, “Santa’s Grinchy Train,” opened at the depot on Saturday. There will be shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18. 

Passengers are invited to sing holiday songs and enjoy candy canes, cocoa and cookies while kids write letters to give to Santa, who will be strolling through the decorated 1920s passenger coach. 

Those with a watchful eye could see the Grinch lingering nearby “to try and steal your fun away,” according to the news release. 

Santa and the Grinch will be available for photos at the depot, located at 1101 Southwest Sylvenus St. in Chehalis, next to the Veterans Memorial Museum off of Interstate 5 at Exit 77. 

Tickets, available online at, are $16 each, with kids 2-years-old and under riding free. Attendees are asked to arrive half an hour prior to the start time. Free parking is available.

The event is a fundraiser for CCRM as it works to finish repairing the mile of track that sustained flood damage in January and reapplies for the full insurance coverage needed to resume passenger rail excursions.