Fall Train Rides Offer Excitement With the Scenery

The Eagle Cap Excursion Train is welcoming fall with a lively mix of old-fashioned excitement and colorful autumn scenery. Rolling toward the end of another successful season, the Friends of the Joseph Branch has received word that a band of rascal bandits are once again planning a heist somewhere along the line Saturdays, October 7 and 14.

The Gold Rush Bandits make a habit of robbing trains in northeast Oregon.

The Gold Rush Bandits, also known for their disruptive activity along the Sumpter Valley Railroad, have robbed this train many times in the past, always getting away with lots of laughs and some priceless fake jewelry and coins.

Organizers say there will be rowdy cowboys and cowgirls, beautiful horses and plentiful photo opportunities when the bandits ride out of the woods and flag down the train. The conductor warns passengers to hide your valuables before they climb on board. The volunteer car hosts will provide decoy plunder and the bandits never seem to notice or care that they have been duped!

“We suspect they just like the excuse to ride fast and threaten innocents,” says one of the volunteer car hosts, a board member of the Friends of the Joseph Branch. “It’s all in good fun and makes for a memorable train ride for all of the passengers.”

Lunch on these trips has a Western flare, as well, with roast beef sandwiches on the menu, served with a side dish and dessert. (As always, a vegetarian option is available when you make your reservations.)

If a peaceful and relaxing ride is more to your liking, choose Saturday, October 21, the last ride of the season. The canyon scenery is always beautiful in October, ranging from brilliant colors early in the month, to soft tones contrasted by blue sky and dark forest green, as nature prepares for winter. Click Book Online and make your reservations today.

We thank our passengers and volunteers for making 2017 another great season for the train.

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