Wallowa Union Railroad Announces Excursion Train 2011 Schedule
ELGIN, OREGON__The Wallowa Union Railroad Authority has announced the 2011 schedule for the Eagle Cap Excursion Train, just in time for last-minute holiday gift giving. The season kicks off with the always popular Mother’s Day Brunch, May 8, departing from the Elgin boarding site at 10 a.m. The meal is catered by Ten Depot Street Restaurant of La Grande. Prices for this train trip are youth, $40; Adult, $80; and Senior, $70. The ticket price includes brunch, with beverages.
The regular season begins June 25, a train ride rumored to attract horseback-riding robbers and damsels in distress. Some excursions have live music by cast members from Elgin Opera House musical productions. Passengers can always expect beautiful scenery and a friendly atmosphere.
2011 Season Schedule: Saturdays
May 8, Mother’s Day Brunch
July 2, 16, & 30
August 13 & 27
September 10, 17, & 24
October 1 & 15
All excursions depart from Elgin at 10 a.m. for a 3.5 hour trip along the beautiful shores of the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers. The train ride travels through remote river canyons that can’t be seen from any road. Towering ridges, basalt cliffs, deep green forests and sparkling water are the scenic highlights. Wildlife and waterfowl are also plentiful. Ticket prices are: youth, 3 to 16 = $35 / adults = $75 / seniors 60+ = $65. Lunch is included. Gift certificates are available and reservations can be made by contacting Alegre Travel, 1.800.323.7330 or 541.963.9000, or email@example.com.
The railroad, in partnership with the Friends of the Joseph Branch, the non-profit organization that provides the volunteer crew and assists with maintenance and upgrading of rolling stock, plans to restore excursion capacity to around 150 passengers by the beginning of the season. They will do so by refurbishing the 1938 Budd coach car that has been out of service for a few years.
For additional information and photos, go to www.eaglecaptrain.com. The Eagle Cap Excursion Train is owned and operated by Wallowa Union Railroad (WURR) on a stretch of the historic “Joseph Branch” in northeast Oregon. WURR is assisted by the Friends of the Joseph Branch, a non-profit organization that preserves and presents the history and enjoyment of the century-old rail line in Wallowa and Union Counties.
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Janet E. Dodson
Eagle Cap Excursion Train Sunnyslope Marketing, LLC
North Powder, Oregon 97867