Benson Polytechnic High School Alumni Association

A Dinner Train Ride for Benson Tech Alumni


Richard Gitschlag, BPHS Class of 1968, is President of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, and has offered a private “Sunset Dinner Train” experience for BPHS grads.

The train is scheduled to depart from Garibaldi at 5:00 pm on August 10, 2019, travel north to the Nehalem Bay Winery, and return to Garibaldi around 9:00 pm. The stop at the winery allows attendees to sample the local fares or just move about freely to chat with fellow passengers. The two dinner cars and a covered, open car must have 80 diners registered before the outing can take place. Participants will be served a tasty catered meal and enjoy views of fabulous Tillamook and Nehalem Bays, and the north coast shoreline from a unique vantage point

This rare opportunity will be a great time to get together as Benson Tech alums and to create new memories. To assure conversations have common memories, the classes of 1963 to 1969 are especially encouraged to join this event. The cost will be about $85-90 per person and, if the dinner cars are filled, lower cost seats may be made available on the open car.

Further details can be found on the internet at and Bear in mind that overnight accommodations at the coast are limited during the summer months, and the August 10 th date conflicts with
this year’s Annual Benson Alumni Picnic on the front lawn at Benson from noon to 4:00 pm.

If you can’t attend, do spread the word to classmates. Dwight Onchi, BPHS Class of 1968, is handling registration. Contact him at da.onchi [at] comcast [dot] net or leave a message at cell number 503-319-3734.


  1. The train is already one quarter filled, but to make certain the other seats are taken, alumni from any class are now encouraged to join the trip. There is a point when the railroad must decide whether this idea will “gather steam” so interested parties should register sooner than later. I hope to see you there.

  2. !!! NEW AGENDA !!!

    The train will now travel to Wheeler as before but at a reduced price of $25/person. At Wheeler passengers can dine at the Salmonberry Saloon & Restaurant or continue their conversations at the adjacent park. The catered dinner and the stop at Nehalem Winery have been dropped.
    The 40 attendees needed for this excursion to be scheduled are asked to register with their payment at the hyperlink below by June 8th.

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