Excursion train is back on track

ELGIN, OR –  Like many businesses, events and visitor attractions, the Eagle Cap Excursion Train was forced to take 2020 off, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-profit organization that manages the excursion train business on the Wallowa Union Railroad, worked closely with the railroad authority during the downtime, making upgrades to the track and equipment, always with a hopeful eye on getting the excursion business back on track.

“Our 2021 season runs July 3 through October 23,” said Ed Spaulding, President of the Friends.

“We believe our new safety measures will provide passengers with the confidence they can safely enjoy the scenic train rides.” Fewer passengers, face masks requirements, less moving from car to car, a new air filtration system and extra sanitizing are among the changes.

The schedule offers 18 train rides, including two robberies. Trip descriptions are posted on the website and reservations can be made through the online booking service at www.eaglecaptrainrides.com or by calling the Elgin Depot.

New in 2021 is the opportunity to reserve a ride in the cab of the engine during the return leg of the trip. This is available to only one passenger each train ride and by reservation, only. See the website for the cost and details.

Members of the Friends of the Joseph Branch serve as the all-volunteer certified engineers, conductors, car hosts and depot staff. Contact Peggy Weishaar, 541.786.0094 or weishaar73@gmail.com, to learn more about volunteering.