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Fall Season Highlights

July 25, 2022

Our spring and summer ends with a short ride along the Grande Ronde river Wednesday, July 27. There are seats available for this ride, so be sure to make your reservations by 3 p.m., Tuesday. For the past several years, we have taken the month of August off the schedule for the train. This allows our all-volunteer crew and hosts to take a break during the hottest and least scenic time and keeps us from running during the height of the wildfire risk period. We will start the fall season on September 3, by which time the days are shorter…

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2022 Schedule and Trip Descriptions Announced

February 11, 2022

We are excited to announce the 2022 season schedule and are looking forward to a fun and successful season for all! It has been an interesting two years and we know you are as anxious to get out and enjoy travel and recreation as the rest of us. Come ride the train! To view the 2022 season schedule, go to the drop-down menu under “Ride the Train” and click on “Schedule.” To view the 2022 trip descriptions, go to the drop-down menu under “Ride the Train” and click on “Trip Descriptions.”

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Backcountry Howard Creek Bridge Gets Repairs

December 9, 2020

We had such high hopes for a busy and successful 2020 season! But COVID-19 stepped in and everything changed. To protect the health of our volunteers, crew and passengers, we decided not to run the train at all. The Friends of the Joseph Branch board of directors was determined to make the best of the situation by working with the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority to get long overdue equipment and track maintenance accomplished. WURA leaders were successful in selling their railroad tax credits and acquired a $50,000 grant from Oregon Department of Transportation to repair the bridges at Howard Creek…

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Father’s Day is Coming! What do you have planned?

June 2, 2019

Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, the Gold Rush Bandits will saddle their horses and dress in their Western best, ready for to rob the train!

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2019 Train Rides Announced

March 28, 2019

We are thrilled to announce our exciting 2019 season! The schedule is full of fun opportunities to enjoy a train ride along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers of Northeast Oregon on the historic “Joseph Branch” railroad.

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