ELGIN, OREGON__Just when we thought we were back on track and providing fun train rides for our passengers, an early fire season put a stop to our summer plans. After just one excursion since fall of 2019, we regretfully inform you the Eagle Cap Excursion Train has cancelled its train rides that were scheduled for July and August. The Elbow Creek fire broke out in timber north of the railroad around July 15 and rapidly expanded too close for comfort to an area through which the train ride would travel. In the interest of everyone’s safety and to avoid the train hindering firefighting activity, the board president and board members made the decision to cancel the July 17 ride, Friday, July 16. By Monday, July 19, it was clear the fire would take some time to extinguish and this fire season was going to be a challenging one. This caused the board to make the difficult decision to cancel the next four train rides and put our focus on fall season.
If you had reservations for any of the cancelled rides, they will be honored for another trip or reimbursed in the event you are unable to reschedule your tickets. Our staff has been working hard to contact all reservation holders as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we were unable to cancel some newspaper advertising in time and our promotional materials are generally for the entire season, so you may see what seems like conflicting messages. Please continue to check this website when in doubt.
If you have reservations to September or October trips, we are very optimistic the train will be back in operation by September 4 and the scenic beauty of the rides will not be compromised.
Thank you for understanding the seriousness of the situation. We thank those working hard to get the fire under control.
July 26, 2021 Ed Spaulding, President, Friends of the Joseph Branch