Fall weather and shorter days are adding colorful highlights to the Grande Ronde and Wallowa River canyons, making a trip on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train even more scenic. This Saturday, learn about the history of the Joseph Branch and railroads across the region through exhibits in the depot and on the train from guest historians Harlan and Becci Scott.
Trains and railroads played a large role in the settlement of the west and its growth during the twentieth century. When the Joseph Branch opened in 1908, an important connection was made between the main rail line that passed through La Grande and the remote rural community of Wallowa. Expansions of the line eventually linked via rail Lostine, Enterprise and Joseph, as well. Trains provided reliable transportation for passengers and freight for many years. Hear about the ups and downs of rail service and how this line was saved from salvage in 2004.
The depot will be open to the public from 9 .m. to 4 p.m. The train ride is our Two Rivers run, departing from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m., with lunch included and served on the train. Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)