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Mount Hood Railroad is a century-old railroad that departs from Hood River and travels along the glacial fed Hood River then through orchards, meadows, forests and vineyards to the picturesque town of Parkdale, just five miles from the base of Mount Hood. It was originally built to help with moving fruit from the orchards to the loading dock.
You can take any of the many trips including the 4 hour trip to Parkdale where you can watch out the windows and get pictures of Mount Hood in July, covered with snow that seem so close that you could reach out and touch the mountain. They stop for 45 minutes so you can take advantage of the box lunch or one of the local places for a meal. Or you can pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park in Parkdale.
Bring your camera, as photo ops abound.
They have Wild West Train Robbery rides every Sunday, a Wine Train, Murder Mystery Dinner Trains, you might even see "Elvis" a tribute artist climb aboard, Christmas trains and so much more scheduled.
In the 2012 season Mt. Hood Railroad is "going back to their roots" by offering a $15 family/coach ticket, just like they did 20 years ago!
Another special event train is the "Polar Express" running in November and December. Enjoy Hot Chocolate, Cookies, a reading of the Polar Express. The Conductor will stop by in route and punch the children's golden tickets, the doubting Hobo will be on-board, and of course Santa himself will give a special visit to each child giving them their own "Bell". Children in particular enjoy this!
The station parallels the 84 freeway just inside the city of Hood River near exit 63.