Plumes of steam puff from the locomotive as it travels along the Pacific coast. A mountainside blanketed in evergreens towers above the vessel as waves pound against the boulder-strewn shore below. The nonprofit Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad serves as both a living history museum and excursion operator for the state's forested coastline. Antique locomotives that hearken back to the region's logging origins take guests on waterside excursions as a crew feeds the engines recycled motor oil and coal-flavored candies. Seasonal events bring about the railroad?s dinner trains, which treat guests to four-course meals as they gaze at the sparkling water of Tillamook and Nehalem Bays.
In 1938, women ducked into the Knapp Family Restaurant carrying envelopes of cash. They weren’t looking for family-style eggs and hash, they were paying their gas bill. The restaurateur, Dwight Knapp, had unintentionally set up a second business by installing a propane pipeline underneath his eatery. His little business grew from supplying just a few neighbors to providing propane to the residents and businesses of nine markets in California and Oregon. Today, Blue Star Gas’s team of experts install and service tanks, fit pipes, and help convert cars or robot butlers to run on propane.
As a co-op of independent and family-owned garages, AutoCare Northwest has two primary requirements for membership: ASE-certified technicians and the NAPA nationwide warranty. Whether in Portland or Oregon City, each participating auto-care center is manned by highly trained technicians, who offer a range of services—from simple oil changes to major repairs—backed by NAPA's Peace of Mind 12-month or 12,000-mile written warranty. The crews install quality NAPA parts, most of which include a lifetime guarantee for as long as the customer owns the car or remembers its middle name.
For more than 30 years, Oil Can Henry's has been making sure road warriors run safely and efficiently with their famous full-service 20-point oil change. Relax from the comfort of the driver’s seat as the friendly techs sate your engine’s thirsty parts with up to five quarts of ECO Ultra conventional oil, protecting the engine against thermal breakdown and dry skin. Apart from their delicious new oil, coddled cars also receive a new oil filter, chassis lubrication, windshield washing, and a visual inspection of both the chassis and under the hood. A check and fill of the power steering and windshield-washer fluid will leave the auto feeling refreshed, and a tire-pressure check and fill will leave it bouncing like a robotic baby. The maintenance mavens will also check everything from the brake fluid and PCV filter to the lights and windshield wipers, ensuring every inch of your chicken-less carriage is in optimal working order. A video monitor positioned next to the driver's window allows customers to view the entire under-hood and under-body service, and every change comes with Henry's Top-Up Guarantee, which allows customers to return within three months or 3,000 miles for a complimentary topping off of fluids (upon presentation of receipt).
The Drive In Car Wash's 24-hour facility scours automobiles of grime, grit, and road debris, returning paint to an immaculate finish. The reloadable card can be applied to any touchless automatic wash on the menu, including the super wash ($13), deluxe wash ($11), and wax and wash ($9). Automobiles enter the high-pressure wash gantry, where a robotic arm blasts grime from the vehicle's surface, scours its underbelly, and obliterates lingering water droplets with gusts of artificial wind, finishing up by bathing road-weary wheels and coating cars' shells with a clear-coat protectant.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.