Urgent Announcement: Concerning Summer Train Rides


For immediate and urgent use: July 21, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

ELGIN, OREGON__We regret to announce the Eagle Cap Excursion Train has cancelled the remaining train rides scheduled for July and August, picking up again with the fall season, September 4. Despite the work of fire fighters, the Elbow Creek fire is still not under control and continues to grow. It is located in the rugged country north of the railroad.

Smoke is heavy in the area the train would travel. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety and to avoid the train hindering firefighting activity, the board president and board members made the difficult decision, Monday, July 19. The reservations manager immediately began contacting all ticket holders to explain their options.

Reservations for any of the July or August 2021 rides will be honored for another trip or reimbursed in the event you are unable to reschedule your tickets. Our staff will be in contact with you 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, when our fall season begins. Since that ride was already sold out before the cancellations, we have added rides on Sunday, September 5, and Wednesday, September 15. Descriptions and booking capability were posted on this website Monday, July 27. More rides may be added in September and October.

Thank you for understanding the seriousness of the situation. We thank the fire fighters working hard in very difficult conditions to get the fire under control. We continue to monitor the fire activity in the area.

The Eagle Cap Excursion Train operates on the Wallowa Union Railroad (formerly known as the Joseph Branch) out of Elgin, Oregon, in the northeast corner of the state. It follows the shores of the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

Ed Spaulding, President, Friends of the Joseph Branch

541.786.3296 or run8ed@gmail.com