ELGIN, OREGON__After taking August off, the Eagle Cap Excursion Train is gearing up for a busy autumn. Kicking off the fall season Saturday, September 2, guest speaker Ginny Mammen will talk with passengers about the history of the Joseph Branch Railroad, including some little known facts and photos of communities that once lined the track and left little trace when they closed down in the mid-20th century. Tickets range from $35 to $70 and include lunch on the train.
The Blue Mountain Land Trust fills two cars for the September 16 ride, a trip that has sold out. We welcome them on board.
Copper Belt Winery is featured for the Wine & Cheese Train, scheduled for September 30. Located 25 miles east of Baker City, Oregon, the winery is a family operation, producing wine from grapes grown in their own vineyard and at vineyards in the Snake River Valley, Willamette Valley and Columbia Valley AVAs. Started in 2010, Copper Belt opened a tasting room in Baker City’s historical downtown in 2016.
Travis Cook, winemaker at Copper Belt, looks forward to introducing their wines to people who may not have heard of the small winery and vineyard, which is surrounded by cattle ranches in the Keating Valley.
Brent and Yvonne Carroll of Umapine Creamery will be on the train, as well. Umapine is a small dairy and artisan cheese maker, located west of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. The Creamery has found lots of fans by selling their products at farmers markets and events in the region, as well as at the dairy.
This scenic train ride offers exceptional fall colors and provides a wonderful time to relax and unwind. Passengers will taste three Copper Belt Winery wines and a variety of cheeses from Umapine Creamery Passengers have the opportunity to meet the makers and learn about their creations. In addition, fresh fruit and bread will be served at each table.
This train departs from Elgin at 3 p.m. for the early evening ride, a time when the scenery is captivating and wildlife comes out of the shadows. It returns to the depot by 7 p.m. Tickets are $70 for Seniors and $75 for Adults.
Book online at www.eaglecaptrainrides.com or call 800.323.7330 to speak to a ticket agent.