Swamp Creek and Western Railroad Association

Home of the Port Columbia and Eastern

210 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds, WA 98020

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Intro Orchard Yard Rimrock Tumwater Mining Co. Methvyn Gilman Coldwater Cascade Timber Co. Mt. Brynon Willow Grove Pacific Bay


The PC&E crests the Cascade Mountains in a long tunnel at Methven Summit.

Tunnel builder John Methven, a charter member of the PC&E Board of Directors, realized the need for a base from which to fight the winter ravages of snow and slide. Being of the independent kind, he incorporated his own railroad with less than a mile of track and leased snow fighting and tunnel building equipment to the PC&E. In later years the Methven tracks were used as a shop for custom rebuilding of railroad equipment. Ski trains stop here in winter. Operations of the Cascade Timber Company can be observed on the mountains above at this grand scenic point.

East Methven Summit

East Methven Summit.

An overview of Methven Summit

The views at Methven Summit are breath taking!
Bring your camera.

Station area at Methven.

Very quickly the mainline ducks into another tunnel, No.9, just west of the summit.

Our next stop is Gilman.

Last updated 4/5/2018