The fall season is rapidly approaching, with the weather getting milder and fall colors just beginning to show in the river canyons.
After a busy spring and summer, the Eagle Cap Excursion Train volunteers are anticipating a relaxed autumn, with opportunities for learning, along with great sightseeing. Passengers from throughout the northwest and across the country are expected during this scenic time of year.
The “Mystery Tour Train Ride” will be Saturday, Sept. 8, in which the destination is unknown when the group tour departs its home base. The theme, meal and additional entertainment for this ride will come as a surprise to passengers who like a bit of suspense in their day.
During the Fall Photo Run, Saturday, Sept. 15, Eric W. Valentine, a semi-professional photographer from La Grande, will conduct a short workshop in the dining car for those who want to take memorable photos. Participants in the workshop will have the first of two run-bys to practice what they have learned. The train ride departs at 10 a.m. for the 5.5 hour ride.
The Wine and Cheese Train rolls out of the depot Saturday, Sept. 29. This scenic train ride offers exceptional fall colors. Passengers taste a variety of wines from Copper Belt Winery, poured by the wine maker, and Umapine Creamery serves a sampling of their artisan cheese.
A light lunch of soup, fruit and bread is served along with the wine and cheese. The ride departs from Elgin 3 p.m. for an early evening run. Bring a jacket. Expect to return to the depot by 7 p.m. This trip is not recommended nor priced for riders under 21.
More of the popular train robberies are offered Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 13. The Autumn Train Robbery features the notorious Gold Rush Bandits, who hide out in the woods and wait for the train to roll into their territory. Mounted on horses, bandits flag down the train and climb on board. The train ride departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m.
The last train ride of 2018 takes place Saturday, Oct. 20. The Two Rivers End of Season Bounty follows the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers as they tumble their courses and join together at Rondowa.
Departure is in the afternoon so passengers can catch the end of the fall colors, with the golden Tamarack trees a highlight. Dine on locally grown food and craft beverages. This ride departs from Elgin Depot at 2 p.m. and returns at around 6 p.m. Not recommended nor priced for riders under 21.
Details: eaglecaptrainrides.com or call Alegre Travel, 800-323-7330 and ask for Kori.