Trip Descriptions

2017 Schedule Trip Descriptions    

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The Eagle Cap Excursion Train operates on a roadless stretch of the historic Joseph Branch Railroad track that follows the Grande Ronde River downstream from Elgin, crosses the bridge at Rondowa, then goes up the Wallowa River to Minam. Trips use varying sections of this stretch, but all rides have beautiful river views, towering open and forested ridges and jagged basalt cliffs. Passengers are free to carefully walk through the train in transit and enjoy the view from the open vestibules. Youth 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please wear closed-toe shoes and be aware that there will be side-to-side rocking when the train is moving.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 / Mother’s Day Brunch
Treat the mothers in your life to a fun and relaxing train ride and a delicious brunch. As you ride along, enjoying the spring scenery, a wonderful array of pastries, eggs, meats, breads, and fruit is served on the train. The meal, prepared by Ten Depot Street of La Grande, always earns high marks from passengers and the view of the river and mountains is unforgettable. Our friendly volunteers make sure you are comfortable and answer questions about what you are seeing along the way. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at about 2:30 p.m. Miles traveled = 38 Plan now for this popular trip in 2017!
Adults = $80 / Seniors 60+ = $75 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, May 27 / Two Rivers Bonus
Following the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers as they tumble their courses and join together at Rondowa, this longer ride takes you to Minam, before returning to Elgin, giving you more views of the tumbling Wallowa River. The scenery is fantastic! Lunch is included. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at about 3:30 p.m. Miles traveled = 52.5
Adults = $80 / Seniors 60+ = $75 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, June 10 / Wine & Chocolates Train
This scenic train ride offers exceptional spring scenery, with the many shades of green and wildflowers galore. After a light meal, passengers taste three wines from Tero Estates Winery, expertly paired with chocolates from Petits Noirs Chocolates. The ride is in the early evening, when the scenery is sublime and wildlife comes out of the shadows. Departs from Elgin Depot at 4 p.m.; returns by 8 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70   No Youth price; this trip is intended for adults, only.

Saturday, June 17 / Spring Train Robbery
There are bandits out there in the hills, and they are looking for an excuse to flag down the train and climb on board. It’s hard to tell who is friend and who is foe, so, hide your valuables and keep your camera handy! Boxed lunch is served during the return leg of the trip. Departs from Elgin at 10 a.m. and returns at about 3 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Sunday, June 18 / Two Rivers Father’s Day
We’re still working on the menu for this trip, but passengers can count on a great meal and the opportunity to make lasting memories with the honored men in their lives, as we celebrate Father’s Day. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $80 / Seniors 60+ = $75 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, June 24 / Two Rivers Spring Photo Run
Late spring is a beautiful time on the Joseph Branch. A guest photographer who specializes in railway photos will give instruction in the Minam dining car to people who want to learn to take great photos of trains. A run-by just for photo participants at Cabin Creek, then two run-bys at Rondowa will give you the opportunity to photograph the train from vantage points not accessible by car. Lunch is included and served on the train. This trip departs at 2 p.m., to provide better lighting for photos and increase the presence of wildlife. 5.5 hour trip. Miles = 40;
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, July 1 / I Love America Veterans’ Train
It’s Fourth of July Weekend, a great time to honor and thank the veterans who have made our freedom possible. For this trip, veterans and one guest ride for free. This train ride departs from Elgin for a short ride without lunch. There will be an event at the depot between the two runs. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at noon; second run departs at 2 p.m., returning at 4 p.m. Miles traveled est. = 23 We expect these trips to fill quickly with veterans and their guests. You must make reservations by calling Alegre Travel, 541.963.9000. (Online booking is not available.)

Saturday, July 8 / Two Rivers
Following the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers as they tumble their courses and join together at Rondowa, our Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! Lunch is included. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at about 2 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, July 22 / Two Rivers
Following the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers as they tumble their courses and join together at Rondowa, our Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! Lunch is included and is served on the train. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at about 1:30 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Trips in August may be added later.

Saturday, September 2 / Two Rivers History Train
Following the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers as they tumble their courses and join together at Rondowa, our Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! En route, a guest historian will talk about the history of the area. A box lunch is included and served on the train. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at about 1:30 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, September 16 / Fall Photo Run
A professional photographer conducts a short workshop in the dining car for those who want to take memorable photos. Participants in the workshop will have the first of two run-bys to themselves to practice what they have learned. The train ride is our Two Rivers run, departing at 10 a.m.; 5.5 hour ride, with lunch included.
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, September 30 / Wine & Cheese Train
This scenic train ride offers exceptional fall colors and provides a wonderful time to relax and unwind. Passengers taste a variety of wines, poured by the winemaker and Umapine Creamery serves a sampling of their artisan cheese. Depart from Elgin at 3 p.m. for an early evening ride, when the scenery is captivating and wildlife comes out of the shadows. The day may be warm, but bring a jacket in case the evening mountain air feels chilly. Returns to the depot by 7 p.m. Miles traveled = 38
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70   No Youth price; this trip is intended for adults, only.

Saturday, October 7 / Autumn Train Robbery
The notorious Gold Rush Bandits are in hiding, waiting for the train to roll into their territory! Mounted on horses, the bandits flag down the train and climb on board. The train ride is our Two Rivers run. It departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m., with lunch included and served on the train. Miles traveled = 36
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, October 14 / Autumn Train Robbery
The notorious Gold Rush Bandits are in hiding, waiting for the train to roll into their territory! Mounted on horses, the bandits flag down the train and climb on board. The train ride is our Two Rivers run. It departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m., with lunch included and served on the train. Miles traveled = 36
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Saturday, October 21 / Brew Train Two Rivers
The train ride covers the same stretch of track as our Two Rivers run, but this one departs from Elgin Depot at 2 p.m. for a lovely afternoon and evening ride, returning at 6 p.m. Lunch is served during the ride to Rondowa. During the return, enjoy a tasting of microbrews from an award-winning nearby brewery. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available, as well.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / This trip is for adults, only.

 

 

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Ken and Shirley are among the couples working as car hosts. They also serve on the board of directors and assist with many aspects of train and depot operations.

Ken and Shirley are among the couples working as car hosts. They also serve on the board of directors and assist with many aspects of train and depot operations.

Are you looking for a fun group activity or venue for your special event? Entire cars can be reserved for groups, or charter the whole train for an unforgettable special event.

Regardless of whether you are on a charter or a scheduled trip, our car hosts help make your time on the train enjoyable.

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