GARIBALDI, Ore. — The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has been plagued by thefts of ties and tampering this month. Vandals broke into a historic diesel and fired off a fire extinguisher inside while also opening and tampering with the electrical cabinets.
The railroad also reported a large number of ties being stolen from work sites along the railroad. Someone stole 41 ties on Sept. 3-4, damaging ties plates and rail as they pulled the ties out. The railroad suspects these were then sold on Facebook Marketplace very shortly after they were taken.
On Sept. 18 more ties were stolen from outside the Old Mill Event Center at the railroad’s Garibaldi site. This area is monitored by camera, so the railroad will have an image of who took them.
“It breaks our hearts that people will just take things and leave us to fix the damage they have caused,” the railroad’s post on Facebook read. “We are not a multi-million dollar operation like some may believe, we are on a limited budget that relies on tourism, just like many others in this community.”
The railroad is asking that if anyone has more information about the thefts to contact the Tillamook Sheriff’s Office at (503) 842-2561. They can also contact the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad via email at email@example.com.