The Eagle Cap Excursion Train is pleased to offer a lively mix of old-fashioned excitement and beautiful canyon scenery during several train rides this season. The Friends of the Joseph Branch has received word that a band of rascal bandits is once again planning a heist somewhere along the line Saturdays, June 16 and 17, and October 6 and 13.
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 the bandits 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 car hosts. “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, there are plenty of other choices on the schedule, including an opportunity to taste wine and chocolates in June or the Wine & Cheese train in September. Click Book Online and make your reservations today.
We thank our passengers and volunteers for making every train ride a unique experience.