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Eagle Cap Excursion Train

Elgin, OR, USA
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Eagle Cap Excursion Train
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Chilidawg47 wrote a review May 2021
La Grande, Oregon46 contributions16 helpful votes
Took the Veterans excursion and was treated like Royalty. The staff was wonderful as was the lunch they served us. Thank you guys.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Karyn S wrote a review Dec 2019
17 contributions4 helpful votes
Visited in mid-October, and caught one of the last outings of the year. Despite the weather not cooperating (rained the entire trip), the scenery was beautiful with lovely fall foliage and plenty of elk and eagle sightings. The trip included stew and dessert (both prepared by the volunteer staff and delicious) and drinks. Tip - seek out the cars without seats and open windows/doors for unobstructed views and photo opportunities. Very nice way to end a busy visit to Oregon.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sue J wrote a review Oct 2019
Boise, Idaho416 contributions148 helpful votes
We rode the final excursion for the season, a dinner event. It was a beautiful time of year and would have been perfect without the pouring rain. The ride was very smooth and the scenery along the river was so pretty! We were fed a harvest stew that was delicious. Awesome crew too!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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4raftin wrote a review Sep 2019
Portland, Oregon27 contributions11 helpful votes
The ride was dramatic, with basalt cliff faces and river and riparian views...in September the river was low so there were no rafters out, but we did see a bear and a couple of elk. The volunteers who staff the train were so friendly, they came through periodically with maps and information on the area we were traveling thu as well as old railroad stories from days gone by...ask them about the rail car that was lost, they found and was never claimed by the original owner..... It was fun visiting with the other riders and swapping stories with them as well...food was good and just the right amount for the time we were on the train! All and all an excellent experience. I only marked our experience as "very good" because when we went to check in there was an issue with our friends "service dog". They lady behind the counter was asking inappropriate questions about why the dog was needed and was pretty much telling us since we didn't declare the dog when the reservation was made we may not be able to ride the train...300 miles to drive one way to ride the train is a long way to have this kind of experience, it was looking pretty grim in the beginning, but in the end they let us on and we all had a great time. I understand that this train is run by volunteers, but that doesn't give them a "pass" on disability issues...maybe a little more training in what can be asked and what ca not be, and/or changing the registration/reservation form to include asking about "service dogs" would be in order.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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RoasterRick wrote a review Aug 2019
Portland, Oregon50 contributions16 helpful votes
This was the 2nd time we rode the train. We did the Solstice Excursion which included drinks, dinner and a cruise. It was expensive (I believe $80/ticket) but we liked the idea of riding the train as the longest day of the year came to an end. Huge mistake. The food was really bad and we found that we expected too much. We rode one of the regular scheduled train rides about 10 years ago. It was a good experience and riding the old trains were a great afternoon outing. This time we thought, for the extra $40 for dinner, this should be a great experience. Wrong. The food was marginal, at best, some of it was cold...and one must remember that it is served by the rail volunteers. The first couple of hours was enjoyable. We bought 6 tickets and there were 3 couples. We had to sit at different tables (OK we understand) but after about 2 hours the only thing that went through our minds was "when will this ride end" and we hadn't even hit the turn around point. It took between 4-5 hours. It was painfully difficult sitting there for the last hour, or two. One other item to consider...bring cash. They don't use any type of credit card processing equipment. They write down your credit card number and run it on another day. They transposed one of the couple's credit card numbers and a few weeks later called to try and figure it out. This is scary. Bottom line...I highly recommend riding the train but the special rides don't deliver the quality of product or service one expects for a $40 up-charge.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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