ILWACO - "The train has arrived - all abooooard!!! Train buff and Ilwaco Heritage Museum member Dean Mead announced to a gathering crowd that Old No. 10 of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Co. was once again on the Long Beach Peninsula.
The train car arrived without incident Tuesday afternoon from the Puyallup ranch of Henry Welzel. He first offered the car to the Ilwaco museum in 1985.
"I'm willing to give it to the museum when I'm through enjoying it," Welzel said, according to museum director Hobe Kytr.
Kytr applied for a transportation enhancement grant through the Washington Department of Transportation in September of 2000. Welzel said he would let it go to the museum until a covered area was constructed to house it. In January 2001, the covered area was completed and the grant was approved the day before he died.
On Tuesday, with the use of a crane donated by Bergeson Northwest of Astoria and a small crane donated by Dennis Co., the car was gently lowered to its "trucks" or wheels, and slowly rolled into its new home at the museum.