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Eagle Cap Excursion Train

Depot St, Elgin, Oregon 97827 USA

“family friendly and scenic train route”

The Eagle Cap Excursion Train is a scenic train that operates from Elgin to Minam in Northeast Oregon. Along the way, the track passes through spectacular roadless areas as it follows the Wild & Scenic Grande Ronde River down stream, then turns up the Wallowa River. The track, historically known as the Joseph Branch, is owned by the governments of Wallowa and Union Counties and operated by the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority, which also operates rail freight service on the track. The Eagle Cap Train excursions are staffed by the professional train crew of the Wallowa Union Railroad and volunteers from an organization called the Friends of the Joseph Branch.

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June 17, 2015

Go where no car can take you! The Eagle Cap Excursion Train runs on a roadless stretch of track between Elgin and Minam in Northeast Oregon. Along the way, the train passes through a spectacular scenic landscape as it follows the Grande Ronde River down stream, then turns up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The scenic train provides a relaxing journey into untamed territory. A pause at the Kimmel siding, allows passengers to stretch their legs and breathe the fresh mountain air before continuing the train ride. A meal is served on the train during many trips. Other trips have featured entertainment. See the website, www.eaglecaptrainrides.com for the schedule, trip descriptions and additional news.
The Eagle Cap Excursion Train operates out of a new depot in Elgin, where you will find ample parking, a gift shop, indoor and outdoor waiting areas, rest rooms, and historical exhibits and photos. Reservations are recommended. Reserve an entire car for your group, or charter the train for a private event. Historically known as the Joseph Branch, the railroad is owned by the governments of Wallowa & Union Counties, with the train operated by the Friends of the Joseph Branch.

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